December 20, 2002
Up Close and Personal with Bill Frist
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Did Bill Frist Assist In or Condone Voter Intimidation as Head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee?
While the punditocracy in Washington is coronating Bill Frist as the anti-Lott, questions are swirling about his abysmal record on civil rights and incidents of voter intimidation that occurred during his leadership of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In virtually every seriously contested Senate campaign in the 2002 cycles, amazingly similar incidents of voter intimidation occurred. In Louisiana, flyers were distributed in African American communities stating "Vote? Bad Weather? No Problem! If the weather is uncomfortable on Election Day, remember you wait and cast your ballot on Tuesday, December 10th." The Louisiana Republican Party even admitted to paying African-American youths $75 to hold signs on street corners in black neighborhoods that read "Mary, if you don't respect us, don't expect us." This and a number of reported incidents of Republican poll watchers intimidating minority voters have led insiders to wonder what Bill Frist knew and when he knew it.
Remember that the key to the Grand Hypocrisy Party Neo-Confederacy "Southern Strategy is two-fold: 1) suppress the Black vote by any means possible, legal or otherwise; and 2) energize the neo-confederacy, "Jefferson Davis is Our President" vote to turn out at the polls.
These incidents, Frist's anti-civil rights record, and his defense of racist events in Tennessee likely mean that the segregationist wing of the Republican Party will remain front and center.
And let's not forget the questionable business practices of the Frist family in regards to their managed care company.
As BuzzFlash was first to predict, Karl Rove's strategy was to mortally wound Lott through news leaks, and then replace him with a Bush clone: a neo-confederacy, pro-wealthy, pro-corporate Senate leader who looked compassionate and voted like a corporate bandit.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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