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Bill Frist for President?
POWER LINE ^ | Auagust 30, 2006 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 08/30/2006 8:08:21 AM PDT by yoe

I spent part of the day today with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He is, of course, a very impressive guy: a physician, a heart and lung transplant surgeon, an upstart politician, a hands-on doctor in places like Sudan and New Orleans, and one of the most powerful people in our government. Despite those obvious accomplishments and Frist's skills as a legislator, I've always felt that he lacks the executive persona necessary to be a strong Presidential candidate.

Maybe. But I was impressed by the close-up contact I had today. Frist is deadly serious about the war on terror, the pre-eminent issue of our era. He tells a chilling story of receiving a call from President Bush a week before the recent British airline bomb plot was disrupted. The message at that time, communicated to less than a handful of top federal officials, was that a terrorist plan was known to be in progress which could kill several thousand Americans, but there was no assurance that it could be stopped. It was stopped, thankfully, and news accounts suggest that the very terrorist surveillance programs now under attack by the Democrats were instrumental in saving thousands of American lives. Senator Frist is fully committed to using all of the appropriate tools at our command to win the war against Islamic terror, and September will see a series of legislative initiatives designed to strengthen our defenses against the terrorists.

Frist is also acutely aware of the relationship between petroleum prices and the funding of Islamic terror. Energy independence is not just a desirable economic goal, it is a national security mandate. Hundreds of millions of dollars are needlessly being poured into the coffers of terror-supporting states because the Democratic Party blocks every effort to develop our own energy resources.

The Majority Leader also made a point on taxes that surprised nearly all of his listeners. If you take a family of four, with an average American income of $64,000 per year, and assume that the Democrats regain control of either the House or the Senate and block the extension of the Bush tax cuts, as they are committed to doing, what would be the impact on that average family? A federal tax increase of 58%. That's what the Democratic Party stands for.

Based on my observations today, Senator Frist is a highly viable Presidential candidate. His intelligence, competence, judgment and reliability cannot be questioned. His views are compatible with those of the Republican base across a broad range of issues. He needs to beef up his Presidential persona, by, for example, learning what to do with his legs when he is addressing a group. (Then again, President Bush never mastered that particular skill.) But such cosmetic issues are minor.

When Republican voters start thinking seriously about a candidate for 2008, if they are concerned by the quirkiness of both John McCain--whom, by the way, Frist was careful to praise today--and Rudy Giuliani, should he run, and if they look for a more mainstream conservative candidate, Frist should be at the top of the heap. With all due respect to Senator George Allen, it would seem that Senator Frist has a more powerful claim on the loyalties of the party's faithful.

Consider me impressed.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; frist; frist2008; fuhgeddaboudit; hindraker
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1 posted on 08/30/2006 8:08:21 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe
He needs to beef up his Presidential persona, by, for example, learning what to do with his legs when he is addressing a group.

I think it would be more important for Frist to learn how to control his RINO impulses when addressing the base.

2 posted on 08/30/2006 8:11:25 AM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: yoe

Unfortunately, Frist has distinguished himself in the Senate as a wallflower. Ain't happening.


3 posted on 08/30/2006 8:12:03 AM PDT by pissant
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To: yoe

Is he a ruthless SOB?

If not, he does not qualify for 08.


4 posted on 08/30/2006 8:12:06 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: yoe

yawn!


5 posted on 08/30/2006 8:13:28 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a mac)
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To: roses of sharon

He's a wimp who couldn't keep his own GOP in line. Please; let him retire.


6 posted on 08/30/2006 8:13:53 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

A miserable failure in the Senate. No thanks!!!


7 posted on 08/30/2006 8:15:14 AM PDT by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: pissant

Being in the Senate qualifies him to delusions of presidential qualities..along with 70 or so others.


8 posted on 08/30/2006 8:18:03 AM PDT by steve8714 (It's a Murray Head weekend!)
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To: yoe

I would vote for him over any of the three choices in the current FR poll (Guliani, McCain, Romney), but that is as far as my support would likely go. I really hope we can do better than these in 2008. It would be a shame to alienate 20+% of the base and lose to a Dim.


9 posted on 08/30/2006 8:18:18 AM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglés)
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To: yoe
Like many of our republican representatives now days he has no Kahoonas and will run for cover just when the party needs him the most .
10 posted on 08/30/2006 8:19:53 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. stands for - Islams Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: yoe
He is, of course, a very impressive guy: a physician, a heart and lung transplant surgeon, an upstart politician

He may be a great doctor, but I honestly can't say that I've ever been impressed with anything he's done in the political arena.

I guess Old Hickory was the last politician from Tennessee that was worth anything.

11 posted on 08/30/2006 8:20:14 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: yoe

As a presidential candidate, he's a pretty good doctor.


12 posted on 08/30/2006 8:23:09 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: yoe
Frist basically blew me off when I wrote to him how I felt on the illegal-alien menace and my revulsion concerning the Senate Immigration bill. I also believe he couldn't control his side of the aisle worth sh*t. And while being focused on Islamo-fascism is job #1... it's not the only threat that America is faced with.

Don't wait for me to jump on his bandwagon.

13 posted on 08/30/2006 8:23:48 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

The GOP will be lucky to maintain control of the Senate.

He may be a good man, a good doctor, but he IS NOT PRESIDENTIAL
material.


14 posted on 08/30/2006 8:25:55 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: roses of sharon
Is he a ruthless SOB? If not, he does not qualify for 08.

ROFL. Great comment and I think you're right. Nice, nice was necessary in 2000 with all those soccer moms but with the WOT and immigration, people are looking for someone to kick butt.

15 posted on 08/30/2006 8:26:43 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
“I'm a doctor Jim... not a Senate Majority Leader!”
16 posted on 08/30/2006 8:26:48 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: johnny7

Don't wait for me to jump on his bandwagon either. He displays no charisma...He is like watching paint dry.


17 posted on 08/30/2006 8:27:50 AM PDT by Auntie Toots (The GOP is still the best we've got))
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To: yoe
Nice guy but he will need a spine transplant. If he is getting out maneuvered by Harry Reid how can he handle malevolent heads of states
18 posted on 08/30/2006 8:29:10 AM PDT by slowhand520
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To: lionheart 247365

Like many of our republican representatives now days he has no Kahoonas
__________

LOL. He has no cajones, either. Is Kahoona the Hawaiian translation?


19 posted on 08/30/2006 8:30:03 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Auntie Toots

Frist should Fuggit about it.


20 posted on 08/30/2006 8:30:44 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: yoe

Frist could be president, but it would require him reaching a compromise with Senator Reid.



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21 posted on 08/30/2006 8:30:58 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: yoe
This is a good article, and I have met the Senator a couple of times. He's a good man.

Now the reality. When you have a stellar ACU rating but somehow the party base views you as weak and ineffective, you can't get there from here.

Further, in a year where he's not only not running for re-election but is retiring, there's no excuse for him not to give 100% to the President NO MATTER WHAT. There's no need to demonstrate "independence" from the president when you're retiring.

Finally, if his seat goes over to the Dems and/or the senate changes hands this cycle there is no future for Mr. Frist in Washington unless he decides to practice medicine there.

22 posted on 08/30/2006 8:31:48 AM PDT by paddles
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To: yoe
Bill Frist for President?

No.

Not just 'no,' but HELL NO.

23 posted on 08/30/2006 8:32:01 AM PDT by Prime Choice (Kindness to the cruel is cruelty to the kind.)
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To: yoe

The author cannot discern the difference between a handwringer and a leader.


24 posted on 08/30/2006 8:33:36 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: dmz

BINGO!


25 posted on 08/30/2006 8:33:53 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. stands for - Islams Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: All

Frist is the main reason the republicans, who have a majority in the Senate, can't get squat done. Good riddance!


26 posted on 08/30/2006 8:34:48 AM PDT by bennowens
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To: yoe
Frist is a nice man and a good doctor.

He has no spine to stand up for our country. He is a failure as a leader.

He needs to go back to doing what he does best - being a great surgeon.

He doesn't get my vote.

27 posted on 08/30/2006 8:34:57 AM PDT by LADY J
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To: yoe

His personal beliefs notwithstanding, he's got the same problems that all the other legislators who want to make the leap into the executive do: he proposes to govern by compromises. His first thought when developing a plan is to decide which parts of it he's most willing to bargain away for some kind of promise later. No real decision gets made this way - it's only the recipe for mediocrity.

Why are we constantly treated to these articles every election cycle, about all the various legislators with Presidential ambitions? It's so very rare to find a career legislator with the personal approach that gets results in the executive. Yet the ever-imaginative press, every year, goes back to that nasty poisoned well for another great big drink.


28 posted on 08/30/2006 8:35:36 AM PDT by Virulas
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To: Auntie Toots

Helluva screen name... ;)


29 posted on 08/30/2006 8:37:14 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: dmz

Do you agree he has no BALLS ?


30 posted on 08/30/2006 8:37:37 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. stands for - Islams Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: slowhand520
If he is getting out maneuvered by Harry Reid how can he handle malevolent heads of states

The Iranian president, Kim Jong-Il of North Korea, and Vladimir Putin would probably ride roughshod over a President Frist.

31 posted on 08/30/2006 8:37:55 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: yoe

Sorry but I look at the growth in federal spending over the last 6 years and color me unimpressed.


32 posted on 08/30/2006 8:39:48 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: pissant
Unfortunately, Frist has distinguished himself in the Senate as a wallflower. Ain't happening.

It is unfortunate for Republicans, now they will run a really good candidate, like Rudy. Which would ensure a liberal in the White House.

33 posted on 08/30/2006 8:39:54 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: yoe

No spine on Frist. No thank you.


34 posted on 08/30/2006 8:40:14 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: yoe
The fact that he went to animal shelters to get cats to dissect may not help him the the furry animal lovers.
35 posted on 08/30/2006 8:42:06 AM PDT by jackieaxe (Democrats are mired in a culture of screwing English speaking, taxpaying, law abiding citizens!)
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To: yoe

Alas, what rules in American politics is celebrity, above all.

In light of that, the GOP nominee is going to be Giuliani, cause he's got the celebrity, which will bring the $, which will bring the ads., etc., etc......

I am not for it, but, it's a bit late to start thinking that there is any realistic alternative to Giuliani.

The good news, I guess, though, is that he will beat Hillary.


36 posted on 08/30/2006 8:43:08 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: lionheart 247365

He seems pretty wimpy to me. It would be challenging to see him in the big chair.


37 posted on 08/30/2006 8:43:35 AM PDT by dmz
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To: yoe
Frist? ...... Yawn

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38 posted on 08/30/2006 8:45:34 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: yoe

Cannot control the Senate from within - will not be able to persuade the Senate from another body of Government.


39 posted on 08/30/2006 8:48:56 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (The years Before Bush have no relevance in the mind of a DUmmie)
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To: roses of sharon

Instead he is a Wimpish SOB.

Reminds me too much of Mr. Rogers....


40 posted on 08/30/2006 8:57:40 AM PDT by Jake The Goose
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To: yoe

Frist as President?... Hmmmm... ONLY if Pee Wee Herman is Press Secretary...


41 posted on 08/30/2006 8:58:54 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole.)
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To: Protagoras

Rudy will have a hell of a time winning the GOP's primary


42 posted on 08/30/2006 8:59:14 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
Rudy will have a hell of a time winning the GOP's primary

One can only hope so. The more important question is which of all the other clowns on the current list will be nominated.

I can't think of a single one who would be anything more than the "lesser of two evils" type candidates they have put up in the past.

I live for the day I can actually vote FOR someone.

43 posted on 08/30/2006 9:04:19 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: yoe

didn't he vote to give amnesty to illegals and also to give them government checks? No thank you.


44 posted on 08/30/2006 9:07:50 AM PDT by bilhosty (to hell with ABCNNBCBS)
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To: yoe

The man is a spineless wimp of the 1st order...I like a better handle for him Senator "Limp Wrist"


45 posted on 08/30/2006 9:08:14 AM PDT by democrats_nightmare
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To: yoe

How did Frist do on the FR popularity poll? Not all that well IIRC.


46 posted on 08/30/2006 9:09:13 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: yoe

Hell no.


47 posted on 08/30/2006 9:09:21 AM PDT by sauropod (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." PJO)
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To: yoe

i CANNOT believe that hindraker of powerline published this #@$#@$. It almost seems like a satire piece. I suspect hindraker got stars in his eyes when he met him and thats why he wrote this piece. Frist might have a good resume, but he's a weak leader. If it comes down to allen and frist as the conservative alternative allen will squash frist.


48 posted on 08/30/2006 9:14:38 AM PDT by SDGOP
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To: Protagoras

A candidate meeting your criteria will be a ways off.

I can think of several that I would like to see run that I think could win the GOP nod, but probably won't. The best of the bunch would be Jeff Sessions. James Inhofe and Sam Brownback are also good. In the house, Mike Pence and JD Heyworth come to mind.

And any of these guys would take out McCain or Rudy, IMO. There will definitely be a conservative in the race and its better for him not to announce yet anyway.


49 posted on 08/30/2006 9:15:37 AM PDT by pissant
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To: yoe

Frist, unfortunately one of my 2 CINO Senators, has a backbone of jelly, a NumbersUSA immigration report card of D-, and a speech delivery that makes George Bush sound silver-tongued.

If you're desparately wanting to have a conservative in the White House for a change, stay away from Frist.


50 posted on 08/30/2006 9:17:04 AM PDT by reelfoot
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