He was one of the most inept, incompetent and ineffective majority leaders in recent history, chose really bad advisors who were divorced from reality and is responsible for a lot of what happened in the election. He let the Dems run all over him. Part of the problem was that he had very little Senate experience when he was elected leader, and didn't know how the place operated. He was a huge contributor to the GOP losing the Senate. Give me Trent Lott, warts and all, any day.
Whatever. A pork barrelling pure politican is not what hte GOP needed. Give me Jim Inhofe or Tom Coburn.
And his bill that killled internet gambling may have lost a lot of Republicans the election. Many races were decided by a small plurality of votes, and a lot of people voted against this big brother overseeing of personal gambling. Frist's goodbye smooch to the casinos and Indian gaming - I hope it was worth it to him...
He probably was "hand-picked" by the Bush WH and did the bidding of same.
The GOP senators let Bush get Frist in as his ally when they all appeased the Dims over Trent Lott.
And why Frist? He was so weak that no one had any objections and many others would have actually been leading a faction, like a Sensenbrenner or a faction of one, like a McPain.
Thus Frist was not so much the popular choice as a choice that didn't make waves. If they could have stepped back from the MSM and stepped forward in defense of Lott, he would have been a much more competitive GOP leader against the agressive Harry Reid. But, the GOP Senators have, most of them, either no backbone or too much personal ambition to lead their own party. Frist's selection created no quarrels among them, but with no experience and no will he was no leader.
Very good post.
But you are far to kind to this baboso.