April 15, 2005

Bill Frist in search of a holy war

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 15, 2005 6:16 PM

Bill Frist, with an eye on the 2008 primaries and looking to win the favor of radical cleric James Dobson and his goons, is doing his best impression of that ranting loon on Telegraph Avenue:

According to a piece by David Kirkpatrick in tomorrow's Times, Bill Frist is going to participate in a big anti-filibuster telecast, sponsored by the Family Research Council, in which Democratic opposition to President Bush's most conervative judicial appointments will be cast as a Democratic war against believing Christians.

A flier advertising the event refers to "the filibuster against people of faith" and says: "The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith."

So Frist wants to cast this, literally, as a war between the believers and the unbelievers. I guess this is part of toning down the rhetoric.

(Via TPM.) So here's a member of the Republican leadership saying explicitly that Democrats are out to get all Christians. Why do moderates put up with people like this?

I think it's time for a corollary to my rule about voting for Republican House candidates: I will not consider voting for a Republican Senate candidate as long as Frist is majority leader.


Here's a theory that just came to me. These aren't necessarily my views, but maybe that's because this only just occured to me, and I haven't had the chance to think it through.

"Moderates" in a given party are the political equivalent of the sailboat problem. They are a means of extracting one component of the public will (force) and, by means of applying additional constraints, apply that force in such a way that it actually runs counter to the public will. Okay, my wording sucks, but just let the ideas float around in your head a bit, and you'll get the picture.

Then you'll beat me up for reminding you about to sailboat problem.

Posted by: Lemming | April 15, 2005 6:22 PM

If I ever teach a mechanics course (which probably would happen if I end up at Merced, because there's going to be a class combining calculus and mechanics), I am _so_ assignming that problem. I should also mention that I solved it in the usual way: I asked an upper-class physics major to help me.

Also, _which_ lunatic on Telegraph. I'm pretty sure there are more than one, but perhaps the faces have changed in the last 2 years.

See you tomorrow. (Do you want to go to Black Angus after D & D?)

Posted by: Mason | April 15, 2005 10:12 PM

Ah, the sailboat problem. My solution was simple and elegant: I avoided taking Ph 1a entirely. However, I may have solved it while serving as the material component for the solution Mason mentioned. I do seem to have a vague recollection of the diagram and swarms of trig functions.

Mason: I didn't have a particular Telegraph lunatic in mind, although I know I've heard the "persecuted Christians" rant from one of them.

[Alternate, extra-snarky answer: "The Berkeley College Republicans."]

D&D will be in the evening, since Chris doesn't get off work until 5, so we'll probably have dinner at his place. Sunday may be better for Black Angus. (I have a feeling you won't read any of this until after I see you anyway, so it's extraneous.)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 16, 2005 12:25 AM

You're right. I didn't see this until I saw you.

Hello from 5--6 feet away.

Posted by: Mason | April 16, 2005 4:10 PM
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