Cross-posted at RedState.org.
An astute observer might have noticed some time ago that we're not the biggest fans of Bill Frist, generally speaking, here at RedState.org. As a majority leader, I have long been of the opinion that he is ineffective, and he has certainly shown a willingness as an individual Senator to stab both social and fiscal conservatives. There are no other constituencies of the Republican party left to fail.
Unless, of course, you want to examine the fact that he is failing his own constituents in Tennessee by leaving the fight for the 118th Air Lift Wing entirely to Democrat governor Phil Bredesen. Oh yeah, he's also mired in personal scandal that is likely to get much worse before it gets better.
The situation is clear. Bill Frist cannot at this current time act effectively as Senate Majority Leader for the Republican Party, and should step aside from his position immediately.
As majority leader, Frist was badly outmaneuvered by Harry Reid in the fight over the judges, and ultimately allowed his leadership to be hijacked by John McCain. Anything involving John McCain taking positions of leadership is generally bad for the GOP, in the minds of most Republicans.
Also as majority leader, Bill Frist voted against the Coburn amendment which attempted to bring fiscal responsibility to the Senate. Given the manner in which spending has increased during his tenure, this was an unsurprising, if disappointing, vote.
As a Senator, Bill Frist publicly betrayed the trust of social conservatives by flip-flopping on embryo destruction at a critical moment in the fight.
Also as a Senator representing the people of Tennessee, Bill Frist's efforts to save the 118th Air lift Wing from the BRAC have been virtually non-existent. Contrary to the example of John Thune, Bill Frist has stood idly by and allowed Democrat Phil Bredesen to play hero to the people of Tennessee yet again. I sometimes believe that he is actively trying to give his seat to Harold Ford, Jr. in 2006.
Also, accusations that Frist has engaged in insider trading and spurious stock sales have grown louder and more serious. The prima facie case against Frist looks very strong indeed. The defense against these accusations will undoubtedly consume untold hours of Frist's time, and will also damage his reputation, and the reputation of the party. During the next few months, he will be unable to devote his time and energy to advancing the GOP agenda.
Of course, given Frist's version of "advancing the GOP agenda," this might actually be cause for celebration.
The case is clear. It is time for Bill Frist to step aside as Senate Majority Leader, and allow someone more effective (Jon Kyl?) to take the helm.