Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Frist Screws Bryant, Hilleary and Corker Over The Dubai Deal

I wonder if there is a single Tennessee reporter who will bother to ask any/all of the three GOP Tennessee candidates vying for Bill Frist U.S. Senate seat what the hell they plan to do now that Frist has left them seriously exposed politically on the Dubai deal?
The gang of three - Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, Bob Corker - all gleefully found political cover last week when Frist spoke out against President Bush's ridiculous scheme to turn over all security-related functions at six major U.S. seaports to an Arab firm called Dubai Ports World. Frist was praised by leaders of both parties when he announced last week that he would oppose Bush and introduce legislation to halt the turnover of the port operations to DPW. The President responded by threatening to veto any legislation Frist or any other member of Congress introduced to stop the plan.
Bryant, Hilleary and Corker were quick to issue statements that they stood with Frist, the man they intend to replace and whose support they are courting in their respective election bids, in opposition to the Dubai deal. It seeemed like the perfect political cover for all three candidates.
But on Tuesday (2/28/06) Frist announced that he was changing his position and would instead now stand with President Bush in support of the Dubai deal. In what has become his hallmark, Frist once again demonstrated that he has evolved into one of the most spineless political weasels ever to hold a leadership position in Congress.
Closer to home, Frist's 180 has left the three GOP Senate candidates exposed, standing now in opposition to both Frist and President Bush.
I suspect all three Senate candidates will try to lay low on the issue, hoping it blows over and they are not forced to take a stand on further congressional actions or, God forbid, be forced to reaffirm their position in the wake of Frist's actions.
One can only hope that a reporter will see to it that all candidates running for federal office - these three and anyone else on the ballot this year - in our state be forced to clarify where they stand on this serious national security issue.

3 Comments:

Blogger Polly Hill said...

Lou Dobbs just said on CNN: "We just watched Bill Frist exhibit a one-week profile in courage."

How true.

3:36 PM  
Blogger RMN said...

Apparently Corker has decided he's going to join the Doc. So, is that what Corker means by leadership.....letting George Bush and Bill Frist lead him around?

8:30 AM  
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