Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Frist out for '08 run

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has decided not to run for President in 2008.

In a written statement released today, Frist says, "In the Bible, God tells us for everything there is a season, and for me, for now, this season of being an elected official has come to a close. I do not intend to run for president in 2008."
In his written statment, Frist says, "I will take a sabbatical from public life. At this point a return to private life will allow me to return to my professional roots as a healer and to refocus my creative energies on innovative solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges Americans face."
"Healer"? As a doctor, sure. But as a politician, I'd say that what he did to his party violates the Hippocratic Oath he took as a physician to "first do no harm."

Leading the charge for the president's amnesty plan for lawbreaking immigrants, trying to sneak an anti-online gambling bill into a port security bill, suggesting we should be willing to have an open dialogue with only the "moderate" Taliban and invite them into the new Afghan short, ticking off enough of the base to keep them home (or switch them to the dark side) on Nov. 7. All that stuff doesn't seem to qualify as "doing no harm" to his party, does it?

Well, at least he's a man of principle...or, practicality. Either way, he won't be missed much.