I think it would be more important for Frist to learn how to control his RINO impulses when addressing the base.
Unfortunately, Frist has distinguished himself in the Senate as a wallflower. Ain't happening.
Is he a ruthless SOB?
If not, he does not qualify for 08.
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.
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.
As a presidential candidate, he's a pretty good doctor.
Don't wait for me to jump on his bandwagon.
Frist could be president, but it would require him reaching a compromise with Senator Reid.
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.
Not just 'no,' but HELL NO.
The author cannot discern the difference between a handwringer and a leader.
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.
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.
Sorry but I look at the growth in federal spending over the last 6 years and color me unimpressed.
No spine on Frist. No thank you.
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.