Reports are abounding about the whining hissy fit Bill Frist had after Harry Reid's brilliant move this afternoon. I got to watch part of his press conference. Reuters reported it like this:
"The United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership," Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said. "Never have I been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution."Steve Clemons, who has a good analysis of today's events, reported it this way:
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is currently on C-Span lambasting Reid and his leadership for this move, which Frist is calling sneaky and underhanded.Big deal. Yesterday, the Senate GOP leaders were puffing their chests out threatening to end the filibuster. Not today. And it is no surprise as to why Frist is so upset:
Frist actually just said that he will be "unable to trust Senator Reid for the next year and half of this Congressional session." Frist said that the Democrats have gone into the gutter to fight.
Reid's move shone a spotlight on the continuing controversy over intelligence that President Bush cited in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Despite prewar claims, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and some Democrats have accused the administration of manipulating the information that was in their possession.The worst thing that can happen to the Bush and the GOP is for the American people to finally learn the truth about Iraq. That's why Bill Frist is freaking out today.