December 20, 2002


SO WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT THIS FRIST GUY, ANYWAY?: Since Bill Frist is the heir apparent to the Majority Leadership, it's worth looking at his positions. No doubt, the sort of hit pieces we'll be seeing from the left (like the one Dave highlighted below) will be vastly unfair. The subhead here calling him an "anti-abortion hardliner" is certainly unfounded; the rape, incest, and life-of-the-mother exceptions are unacceptable to the real hardliners, who will abandon the GOP over the distinction (fourth item).

But Dave Kopel's concerns that Frist might compromise on gun rights do concern me. Further, looking at his campaign positions I see some worrisome signs. He campaigned for agro-pork and proudly supported the egregious Farm Bill. He's supported some hideous campaign finance "reforms" and some initiatives for economic "stimulus" that would get the federal government involved in municipal politics and probably not work very well.

I understand he has a made-for-TV missionary-doctor background and is often described as telegenic (I've never seen him speak). Glenn Reynolds says he's sharp even on arcane issues. Nominating him as a first choice to replace Lott, our guest-blogger cited social security reform as an issue Frist is strong on. Anything else, Dave?

Posted by John Tabin at December 20, 2002 10:42 PM