Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Governor Frist

I haven't been talking about politics much here lately. I mostly just needed to take a break after the intensity of the campaign, but I've also been trying to mellow out a bit when the topic swings around to politics -- to be a bit more thoughtful and a little less intense, perhaps. Today's news about how Bill Frist has his eye on the Tennessee governor's mansion (and, still, the White House) begs for commentary, though.

Now, I am a political progressive, so I'm not inclined toward having any appreciation for someone like Bill Frist, the former majority leader of what can be described, at best, as a do-nothing Senate, and part of an administration that I think will be remembered as this country's worst ever. He helped enable the worst foreign policy disaster in the history of our nation and his agenda in the Senate, which could have been tackling important issues like health care (supposedly his field) or protecting our troops on the frontline, instead focused cynically on meaningless wedge issues like gay marriage and guns.

But I am capable of a appreciating a good politician or a genuinely nice person, even if I don't agree with his or her politics. I never liked Ronald Reagan much, but I can see why some people do. And I have great admiration for Barber Conable, the Republican who represented my district in Western New York for most of my youth. I don't have a knee-jerk dislike of conservatives or Republicans -- some of whom are quite reasonable people (though I have to point out that they are being led by some pretty unsavory characters lately), some of whom are friends and family who I love dearly.

Anyway, that said, I have to confess that the people who like Bill Frist completely defy all sense of reason for me. They're the political version of crackheads. The guy has absolutely no decency and try as I might, I can find no sign of a redeeming quality in the man. He shamelessly attempted to use a brain-dead woman to advance his political agenda while claiming he could make a diagnosis based on the viewing of a video tape. He made a mockery of the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest when he got regular updates on his supposedly blind trust. He screwed over the patients he claims to care for, so that he might shield Big Pharma from lawsuits. He's an inside trader who was named one of 2005's 13 most corrupt politicians by the CREW. He made a pathetic attempt to imply that AIDS can be transmitted through tears and sweat on national television, perpetuating the deliberate ignorance the more twisted members his party often use to advance their radical agenda. It just doesn't get any sleazier than Bill Frist. I honestly don't understand how anyone can stand to associate with him, much less promote his career in politics.

And if he somehow manages to buy, cheat or steal his way into Tennessee's governorship, I don't know what I'll do. I don't think I can overstate this: Bill Frist for Governor? Eeew.

UPDATE: To what I've said, smijer adds his own thoughts, which are always worth reading.


Vol Abroad said...

Well, he's not bad looking.

There. That's the only positive thing I can say about him.

alice said...

Maybe I should start a list:

1. not ugly