I didn’t know that Bill Frist was retiring after 2006! Why don’t people tell me these things?!?!
“The decision by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) to retire at the end of the 109th Congress has prompted two of his top deputies to begin quietly soliciting support from colleagues in anticipation of a leadership race that is not scheduled to take place until 2006,” Roll Call‘s Mark Preston reports.
Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “began meeting personally with GOP Senators several months ago to make the case that he is best qualified to succeed Frist.” Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (R-PA) “began private conversations with GOP Senators last week to express a similar interest in being the next Republican leader.”
First of all, I really, truly believe that we can retake the Senate this year. Brad Carson and Tony Knowles are looking strong, and even if Inez Tenenbaum and Betty Castor lose, I think we can pull it off. Now to the real question: will Rick “Man-on-Dog” Santorum be leading the Republicans in the Senate come 2007? Two words: NO WAY. Santorum won in 2000 by a very slim margin of 52-46. Judging by his repeated gay-baiting, I don’t think he’ll do better in socially liberal Pennsylvania come 2006. In fact, I think he’ll lose. His high profile intolerance will definitely hurt him in the Philadelphia suburbs, which decide elections in that state. So, count out George Wallace Jr. Now, if McConnell, well, let’s just say he has a few skeletons in his closet.