Frist is rowing the boat:
Talking Points Memo covers this well:
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.
(How much do we have to endure so that this guy can run for president?)
Also on hand for the event will be arch-wingnut and SpongeBob persecutor James Dobson, a man with hands about as clean as Torquemada’s, Chuck Colson and various others.
I don’t know which is more amusing – the wingnut jihad against a federal judiciary that is already predominantly Republican or the fact that the intellectual and often literal descendents of the upholders of Jim Crow now seek to enlist the dark legacy of segregation as some sort of arrow in their rhetorical quiver.
Actually, perhaps it’s even more amusing that the same folks spent the 1990s using the same methods to thwart numerous Clinton judicial appointments.