Monday, March 13, 2006

Frist's Authoritarian Impulse

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2006 at 9:33 AM

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) is proposing that the Senate censure President Bush for authorizing illegal domestic wiretapping. Put aside for a minute the merits of this idea, and take a look at how Bill Frist responded to it on a Sunday talk show. Here's how Frist could have responded:

I realize that the wiretapping program is controversial and that informed opinions about its legal merits vary. However, it's not really a good idea for the Senate to become mired right now in a debate over whether the president should be rebuked for it, given the fact that an intelligence subcommittee is reviewing the program.

Here's what Frist actually said:

The signal that it sends, that there is in any way a lack of support for our commander in chief who is leading us with a bold vision in a way that is making our homeland safer, is wrong. And it sends a perception around the world.

The perception that the president can do no wrong and dissent is unacceptable?

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