This morning on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer asked Majority Leader Bill Frist a simple question:
SEN. SCHUMER: Isn’t it correct that on March 8, 2000, my colleague [Sen. Frist]
voted to uphold the filibuster of Judge Richard Paez?
Here was Frist’s response:
The president, the um, in response, uh, the Paez nomination – we’ll come back
and discuss this further. … Actually I’d like to, and it really brings to what I
believe – a point – and it really brings to, oddly, a point, what is the issue.
The issue is we have leadership-led partisan filibusters that have, um,
obstructed, not one nominee, but two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,
nine, ten, in a routine way.
It looks like Princeton University never prepared him [Frist] for the art of politics. It takes book smarts to be a medical doctor, but politics is a different ball game all together. Come to think of it, the filibuster might be all we need in this country to get the minority party to become what it is supposed to be [that is a genuine opposition]. They have been cowering for years now. Essentially becoming republican lite.
American Progress has the goods on Frist’s chameleon tendency on this filibuster thingy.