Frist is Out
Posted by Mike on November 29, 2006
Out of the 2008 Presidential race that is. The outgoing Senate Majority leader, known affectionately to conservatives as “limp Frist” for his cowardice in the face of liberal blabber, has declared that he will not run for President in 2008. This is great news.
I was a fan of the Senator for a long time. A virtual unknown in 1994, Frist ran a folksy campaign to upset incumbent Senator Jim Sasser, a well-known and powerful liberal in love with tax increases. In 2002, he chaired the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, leading Republicans back into the Senate majority. The guy knew how to win. However, something funny happened on the way to the White House.
As Senate Majority leader, Frist was ineffective. He was unable to unify Republicans in support of the President’s social security reforms. He was unable to pass legislation making the President’s tax cuts permanent (you didn’t expect Bush to do the work did you?). He allowed drunken-sailor-level spending to continue unabated. He let McCain run the show on judicial nominations with the Gang of 14.
Frist’s worldview is fine. He’s just not a leader. Now what little support he had can migrate to a viable conservative.