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Look for Frist to be rewarded for his hard work with a seat on the Finance Committee, where his state’s senior Senator, Fred Thompson, held a seat. From that perch, Frist will most likely become the Republican poster boy for prescription drug plans and health care reform, two issues the surgeon from Tennessee knows intimately and feels passionate about.
Hill insiders say that Frist holds out little hope of ending up on the bottom of the Republican presidential ticket in 2004. Rather, he’s positioning himself as a presidential candidate in 2008, when it’s doubtful the Republicans will have a vice president looking to take the top job.p> DARK HORSE DI-FI br> With the Democrats down on their luck, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton continuing to balk at a presidential run in 2004, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is mulling whether she should throw her bonnet into the ring. It’s not that far-fetched an idea. She’s more moderate than many of her California congressional colleagues, has a vast fundraising rolodex, and as probably the only woman in the 2004 race would become a natural media darling. Résumé-wise, she’s got more experience than Hillary and John Edwards combined. /p>
“She’s always been known as a kind of moderate, but she’s swung way to the left the last couple of years,” says a Republicans staffer on the Judiciary Committee, where Feinstein sits. “You look at what she’s done to some of the Bush nominees here and it’s surprising. We thought more of her.”
Feinstein has flirted with running in the past. She was mentioned as a vice presidential possibility by Al Gore in 2000, but never made the short list. And with Gray Davis’s national political aspirations going up in flames faster than a dried out Southern California valley, Feinstein would be one of the few big-state Democrats positioned to mount a respectable early campaign.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online