Sunday, June 19, 2005

Bill Frist, young man and old

David Brooks give an interesting perspective on the character of Bill Frist and the way it has changed since he became a Senator. It doesn't justify his decision to threaten the nuclear option in order to put unqualified and extreme judges on the bench. In fact, it bolsters what everyone knows -- that Senator Frist is using the U.S. judiciary for personal political gain. He is hoping to make himself a hero to the voting bloc of extreme social conservatives often misrepresented as evangelicals. But it does put the Senator's political calculus in a larger context that allows us to feel sympathy for his having become something he likely never wanted to be.

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