Thursday, May 19, 2005

Frist Hears Master's Voice From Religious Right

Why is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist so hellbent on winning the confirmation of even the most onerous of President Bush's judicial nominees?

Because losing the support of the Religious Right means he won't be a viable Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential race.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council – and one of the people to whom Frist must answer – has steadfastly rejected any talk of compromise on the filibuster issue.

"Some of the Republican senators engage in this at their own political risk," Perkins said. "So much is riding on the courts. Someone that sells the American people short on this, they're going to have a hard time running for national office."

While it's incredibly creepy that a leader of the Religious Right is even being quoted on national political issues, it's a realistic view of where our country is heading, why we should be concerned and why this filibuster fight is so damn important.