I am beyond disgusted at today's news that Senator Bill Frist is joining a chorus of right-wing extremists next Sunday to attack liberal Christians:
As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees.
Fliers for the telecast, organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky megachurch the evening of April 24, call the day "Justice Sunday" and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the other. The flier does not name participants, but under the heading "the filibuster against people of faith," it reads: "The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith."
Dr. Frist's spokesman said the senator's speech in the telecast would reflect his previous remarks on judicial appointments. In the past he has consistently balanced a determination "not to yield" on the president's nominees with appeals to the Democrats for compromise. He has distanced himself from the statements of others like the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, who have attacked the courts, saying they are too liberal, "run amok" or are hostile to Christianity.
The telecast, however, will put Dr. Frist in a very different context. Asked about Dr. Frist's participation in an event describing the filibuster "as against people of faith," his spokesman, Bob Stevenson, did not answer the question directly.
The organizers of this hate-a-thon who slanderously equate "Liberal" with "anti-Christian" are truly nauseating (and if you think I'm being harsh, you should see Joshua Marshall's take on this):
Sick, dark and demented....I don't know which is more amusing -- the wingnut jihad against a federal judiciary that is already predominantly Republican or the fact that the intellectual and often literal descendents of the upholders of Jim Crow now seek to enlist the dark legacy of segregation as some sort of arrow in their rhetorical quiver.
First and foremost, as a liberal Christian, who believes Christ would be very strongly opposed to Congressional efforts like the bankruptcy bill, the shock-and-aweing of Iraq, and nonstop exploitation of religion for political gain, I'm wholly offended that anyone in Congress would suggest anyone else is less Christian than they are. By standing with the vile likes of Dobson and Perkins (anti-Christs in all but supernatural powers), Frist is forever tainted by their rabid extremism in my opinion. His people should have advised him better.
Secondly, let's expose this secular power-grabbing freak show for what it is: spiritually and politically corrupt. There is no justification for the so-called nuclear option (other than arrogance and a grossly overdeveloped sense of entitlement). Here's some facts to write down and post on your refrigerator:
Of the nine current members of the Supreme Court, seven were appointed by Republicans. In the last thirty-five years (since 1969) there have been thirteen appointments to the Supreme Court. Republican Presidents have made eleven of those appointments while Democratic Presidents have made two.
At the Circuit Court of Appeals level, the pattern remains the same. Since 1969, Republican Presidents have appointed 211 Judges to the Circuit Courts. Democrats have appointed 122. Since 1969, Republican Presidents have appointed 813 trial Judges to the District Court bench while Democrats have made 508 such appointments.
Senator Faust, I mean Frist, is selling his soul here because he believes that's the path to the White House. As the Washington Post noted:
The strategy carries significant risks for the Tennessee Republican, who is weighing a 2008 presidential bid. It could embroil the Senate in a bitter stalemate that would complicate passage of President Bush's agenda and raise questions about Frist's leadership capabilities. Should he fail to make the move or to get the necessary votes, however, Frist risks the ire of key conservative groups that will play big roles in the 2008 GOP primaries.
Frist should read Marlowe's version of the legend and not be fooled by Goethe's. There will be a devil to pay for all this.