Friday, May 27, 2005

Who'da Thunk It!

Jay Rosen recently asked if the press was a political animal. I lack any education in journalism and won't pretend to intelligently address the questions in his post. However, I will submit this editorial from the L.A. Times encouraging Senator Bill Frist to quit the Senate when he runs for President in 2008 (hat tip: Huffington Post).

The best thing a Senate majority leader with presidential aspirations can do is quit. That was Bob Dole's strategy in 1996, when he resigned to run against President Clinton. And it may be part of Bill Frist's decision not to seek reelection in 2006. If so, Frist could hardly make a smarter move.

Setting aside the fact that it has long been known that Bill Frist would not seek reelection in 2006, is this editorial consistent with the position of the LA Times or is it simply opportunistic piling on?

Did the LA Times recommend John Kerry quit the Senate? How about John Edwards? Or Joseph Lieberman? Or Dennis Kucinich? Or Bob Graham? Perhaps it is a new position the LA Times has adopted (one with which I agree) for the 2008 elections, but I still can't find the editorial calling for Hillary Clinton to quit her senate seat. Of course, it is entirely possible that the LA Times' opinion only applies to Senate Majority Leaders. Finally, as an exclamation point on this post, I leave you with a parting shot from the Times' editorial.

Frist may be bringing trouble on himself by trying to satisfy the exorbitant demands of his party's far-right wing, which, like the old Soviet Union, views one concession simply as an occasion to ask for another.

Need I say more?

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

You have to understand, comparing Frist to the Soviet Union is a compliment coming from the liberal media. They adored the Soviets!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous D said...

When the Nazis are mentioned in discussion then Godwin's Law comes into effect. Can the same be said when the Soviets are similarly mentioned? All of a piece, I would think

9:03 AM  

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