June 5, 2005


Frist Says He Will Prevail in the Long Run (CARL HULSE, 6/05/05, NY Times)

[I]n an interview, he said he believed his stewardship would be vindicated in the days ahead once he shepherded through a string of legislation and judicial nominees. That should begin this week, he added, with votes on Janice Rogers Brown and William H. Pryor Jr., two federal appeals court candidates whose nominations have been filibustered by Democrats.

"The short-term evaluations, I believe, will prove to be shortsighted and wrong after we get judge after judge after judge after judge through, plus at least one Supreme Court nominee and an energy bill," Dr. Frist said after a lecture at Harvard, where he received his own medical education. "And we will get Bolton."

The majority leader said the judicial impasse would have never been broken had he not forced the issue by threatening to prohibit filibusters and engaged in an extended buildup to the vote, creating pressure for a compromise.

"Without that sort of leadership, there is no deal to be cut, there are no brokers to deal, there is no deal to be brokered," he said.

Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, who was one of the seven Republicans who worked with seven Democrats to fashion the compromise, agreed.

"You have to look at things from the long point of view," he said. "We couldn't have reached the compromise but for Bill Frist having the courage to set a date, saying we are going to use the constitutional option. He was clearly prepared to call the roll and roll the dice."

The 24 hour news cycle doesn't mean that a day matters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2005 6:41 AM

does anyone even bother reading what frist has to say anymore ?

Posted by: at June 5, 2005 11:46 AM

If he achieves what he says he will he'll be fine. One of the downsides of the 24 hour newscycle and the blogosphere is that instant gratication is required.

Politics is a marathon, not a sprint. To use another sports analogy, would you prefer your party play ball control/clock killing offense and move the ball steadily down the field or throw for the end zone every play and (usually) get nowhere?

Posted by: AWW at June 5, 2005 1:18 PM

the senate gop is the equivalent of the vikings football team, all promise and no trophy.

Posted by: at June 5, 2005 1:28 PM

" ' Three yards and a cloud of dust' " leaves you with fourth and one."

Can't remember who said that about Michigan and/or Ohio State back in the '70s, but it does point out the limitations of plodding.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 6, 2005 1:28 AM

With Woody Hayes, he probably thought if he bellowed at the ref enough, the cloud of dust would give him a favorable spot and a first down.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 6, 2005 9:19 AM