1/16/2005

Dammit Jim, I'm Not a Poltician, I'm a Doctor!

From Paul Waldman at Gadflyer:
As we know, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is incapable of answering a question about anything without mentioning that he is a doctor. Ask him what time it is, and he'll tell you, "As a doctor, I can tell you it's 2:30." But he may have set a new record on Sunday's "This Week." When George Stephanopoulous asked him whether Social Security was really in crisis, he said, "There is a crisis. It's a little bit like in medicine, if I see a patient..."
We get it - you're a doctor.
Frist long ago passed the point where this shtick went from impressive to irritating. I'd love it if he was successful in his quest to become the GOP's nominee for president in 2008, since he has a beautiful combination of political imcompetence and transparent phoniness. But if he thinks this supercilious act is going to win over any voters, even in the Republican primaries, he's in for a rude awakening.
Kind of like when you think a patient needs a heart transplant, but then you find out he doesn't want it because he thinks you're a putz. Or something like that.

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