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Monday, June 20, 2005
By Steven L. Taylor

Via David Brook’s NYT column from yesterday:

Since 1961, more than 50 senators have run for president and they have all lost.

This from a column of Bill Frist, which simply reinforces my view my view that Frist will not be able to win the White House and if the GOP selectorate has any sense, they won’t nominate him. Not only do I think he lacks the presence needed to be President, he more fundamentally seems to lack vision. He seems to want to be President to be President and is therefore willing to try too hard to appease certain constituencies. As Brooks puts it:

These days he seems not so much the leader of the Senate conservatives, but someone who is playing the role. And because he is behaving in ways that don’t seem entirely authentic, he is often trying just a bit too hard, striking the notes more forcefully than they need to be struck.

I think this is an on-the-mark description.

Further, as I have argued on numerous occassions (for example), Senate Majority Leader is a singularly bad launching pad for the presidency.

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