Frist Hopes To Attach Political Favor To Defense Spending Bill
Don't accuse outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) of not having his priorities in order.
Frist, not seeking re-election to concentrate on a 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, wants to attach a measure prohibiting people from using credit cards to settle Internet gambling debts ... to the compromise Defense Department authorization bill.
The Defense Department bill authorizes U.S. military operations, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Frist is no dummy -- he's knows the bill is a cinch to pass. Might as well have his political favor pass, too.
Why make the attachment? Because conservative groups want the measure to pass -- groups that could help Frist is his presidential bid. Frist mentioned the legislation in a recent speech in the politically important state of Iowa.
Is the gambling debt legislation important? Maybe. Is it worth holding up passage of the Defense authorization bill by even a single day? Maybe not.
Kind of illustrates how Frist's priorities don't quite match up with the country's, doesn't it?