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Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership

Raw Story reports that the mainstream press has yet to pick up on the fact that Senators Brownback, Lott and Warner are all suddenly challenging Frist's control of the Senate -- which may spell trouble down the road.

What was once a hairline fracture in party cohesion is now a broken bone. Whether Republicans in Congress can reform a disciplined cavalcade behind the party’s agenda and its leadership – as the Democrats did on Social Security – may be the difference between holding onto the presidency and Congress and losing control in the years to come.

Also, the Gang of 14 is meeting at 4:30 today.

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    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:42 PM EST
    Let 'em all chew each other's political nuts off, like the little rats they are. Infighting, finger pointing, dissention in the right-wink ranks, we love it! Help bring down your rotting house as fast as it can be, please, do the country a favor. Bad men, bad politics, bad hair. The trifecta.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#2)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:42 PM EST
    Let me be the first to say: Hahahahahahahaha.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#3)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:42 PM EST
    From the link:
    paired with the triple indictment of House Republican mastermind Tom DeLay (R-TX)
    How can you pay much attention to a site that can't even get a story this large correct? 1. The first Grand Jury wouldn't indict. 2. The second Grand Jury indicted on a charge that many felt would be dismissed out of hand. 3. And the third was rushed up by a DA that is obviously out of control. Did I miss one? As for Lott, he obviously is looking for payback, which will serve him poorly if he decides to run again.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    So this poor, powerless Texas grand jury was too weak to resist this prosecutor's, what, magic powers? Come on, Jimbo, shilling for DeLay is just not anything you should be doing if you want to be considered the "social liberal" you claim to be. I'll say it again, DeLay and his ilk are to a healthy American body politic was tapeworms are to intestines.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    Well, PPJ, someone had an idea to ask a few questions of the foreman of the grand jury that handed up the delay indictment:
    BROWN: Whatever disagreements there may in Washington, one man in Texas has little doubt about the grand jury indictment of Congressman Tom DeLay. He was the foreman of the grand jury that set the indictment up. He is also a former deputy sheriff, a state insurance investigator. William Gibson, it turns out, doesn't like to have his picture taken but he was happy to join us on the telephone and has. Mr. Gibson, thank you. Since Mr. DeLay says this is all political, let me ask you, are you a Democrat or a Republican or neither? WILLIAM GIBSON, JR., DELAY GRAND JURY FOREMAN (on phone): Well, I have got my listed as a Democrat in the primaries and what it comes to in a general election it is wide open. BROWN: Did political considerations play any role in your decision? GIBSON: It did not play any at all. We looked at the evidence presented to us. Based on the evidence, we returned our indictment.
    Link

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#6)
    by Sailor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    Triple indictment = 3 charges, one of which can be for LIFE. I'm waiting for the feds to charge him under a RICO statute for an ongoing criminal enterprise.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    sailor - Okay, three Grand Juries, = 1 that finally indicts... BTW - Re RICO, hold your breath. Dadler - Color me concerned when I see politics as plain as this in our judical system. DA - Was that jury 1, 2 or 3?? Don't answer, I don't care.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    Frist told his caucus how WONDERFUL their midterm gains would be if they deified a braindead woman in Florida, attacked evolution, and tossed their lot all the way in with the dimwit dictator's BRAINDEAD APPOINTEES. Now the Official Clown of Crawford (via New Hampshire) has had his credibility GO SOUTH. It's not surprising that Frist isn't as popular, and his stock trading albatross is going to be taking up quite a bit of his time, so maybe it's time to go to the second string. What? No second string? The entire leadership up to their hipboots in scandals and frauds? The R party, gaining power by illicit means, destroyed by their success. Something Biblical in that.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#10)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    DA - You bring it up, you explain it. Or try to, anyway.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#12)
    by BigTex on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:43 PM EST
    PPJ It ws GJ #1, and the foreman is a buddy of someone defeated by the then legal actions. Reeks worse than 6 week old rotten eggs. That's why it was dropped. There may be some substance to the charges, but no one can deny the political undertones with a straight face.

    Re: Republicans Challenge Frist's Leadership (none / 0) (#13)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:44 PM EST
    Tex and Jim, Shilling for DeLay is just a fool's errand. He is a bad guy. Period. What most of my friends would call a garden variety a**hole. You don't like the politics in your state (tho they seem fine when they don't come after your "side"), then do something about it. But state law has been followed here. Suddenly there's a giant liberal conspiracy in the land of Republicania, eh? THAT is some desperate thinking, and rationalizing at its reactionary, and ill thought-out, worst. Peace, boys.