05/24/2005: Murderous Metaphors
I was TOO BUSY last night and only just caught up to the NEWS that a compromise has been reached preventing Sen. Frist from carrying out his Political Nuclear Implosion. This Gem of an article by E. J. Dionne Jr. (Washington Post): 'Watch Those Guys' has a good "Quote of the Day" and post-anaylsis of this months long wrangling debate. [Thankfully defused for the moment.]
"...Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other Republicans who backed the nuclear option hurt themselves badly with shameful rhetoric suggesting that murder and mayhem, not honest differences, were at the heart of this battle.
Thus did Frist accuse the Democrats of wanting to "kill, to defeat, to assassinate" President Bush's nominees. Oh, my. That's what comes out when a Princeton graduate plays the role of counterfeit populist in pandering to the Christian right.
Frist is waging this fight because he wants to be president and needs support from social conservatives. But especially in a time of terrorism, politicians worthy of the presidency don't toss around the word "assassinate" with the alacrity of a small-market radio host. The Republican moderates knew this.
Then there was the comment from the other Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Senate debates routinely produce tortured metaphors...."
Karen on 05.24.05 @ 06:54 AM CST