What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Paging Doctor Frist

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sure has been all over the news recently. You'll recall a few weeks back when Sen. Frist and Rep. Tom "Ethics" DeLay interjected themselves into the Terri Schiavo case, with Frist using his medical expertise to better understand Schiavo's condition. Without actually examining her in the way a doctor normally would, which usually involves the doctor and patient in close proximity, hopefully in the same room, for the exam to be most effective (he apparently reviewed video tapes and the testimony of a few doctors who felt Schiavo wasn't in a vegetative state, something Dr. Ronald Cranford, an actual neurologist who actually physically examined Schiavo strongly disagrees with).

Now Frist is out on the airways to blast Democrats for being "obstructionist" in not confirming ten Bush administration judicial nominees (out of 171 they did confirm) and wanting to do away with the filibuster in order to make sure Bush's nominees get to the Senate for confirmation. “My goal is to have fair up-or-down votes on judicial nominees," Frist told reporters at a press conference. Never mind the fact that the Republican led Congress used the filibuster to block 60 of Bill Clinton's judicial nominees.

Let's go back in time to 1996, when Clinton judicial nominee Richard A. Paez was blocked from confirmation...for four years. Yes, it wasn't until March 10, 2000, that Paez was confirmed. Four years that Republicans prevented an up-or-down vote on a judicial nominee.

And why, exactly, did Republicans object to Paez? Well, according to a press release issued by former New Hampshire Republican Senator Bob Smith (PDF viewer required to read press release) on March 9, 2000, Smith stated his reason: "Paez and (Marsha) Berzon (another Clinton nominee) are activist judges. I think they are out of the mainstream of American thought and I don't think either one should be on the court."

Say, that has a familiar ring to it.

The press release continues:

"Smith...built a coalition of several moderate and Conservative senators in an effort to block the nominations."

Quick: can you name one of the senators in that coalition? If you said "Bill Frist," you win!

Rush Limbaugh's Obsession

I missed a great bit from Rush Limbaugh. On his April 12 show, Limbaugh babbled on about Al Gore's new TV network. And Rush was pissed that Gore had stated his network would reflect the views of young people: "What the hell is that, Al?...what the hell is the point of view of young people? Blow jobs, that's what they're doing out there. They're out there getting oral sex all day long, that's what they're talking about."

Man, I had no idea that Limbaugh had his pulse on the youth of America.

Limbaugh, of course, blamed Bill Clinton for making oral sex "the number one sport in high school today." And here I thought it was football.

Click here to listen to part of Limbaugh's tirade.

I wonder what Rush's pal Newt Gingrich thought of the whole oral sex angle. He is, after all, intimately familiar with the idea of it not actually being sex.

And finally, the Top 10 Conservative Idiots from the Democratic Underground.


Post a Comment

<< Home