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Senator Frist’s Challenge

Wednesday, April 19, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

With 12,000 votes cast (and only a few hours left), Rudy leads George by less than 20 votes, and Mitt is the solid third place finisher. Almost 60% of the voters –again, self-selected partisan activists and blog readers– favor some a course of action with Iran other than a military strike.

These are some of the interesting points from the online straw poll above.

The other two are the relative weakness of both Senators Frist and McCain.

The McCain number isn’t that surprising. His weakness has always been with party regulars, and living down McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy and especially the Gang of 14 will be practically impossible for the not-quite-reformed maverick.

The Majority Leader’s problem is quite different.

He isn’t struggling because of what he’s done, but because of all that he hasn’t done as Leader.

And with not more than six months left in his tenure, he has precious little time to change that image.

But he can. And he ought to start with judges.

The names of Brett Kavanaugh, Terrance Boyle and William Haynes are familiar to readers of this blog and every other conservative blog, but especially NationalReview’s Bench Memos and

These are only three of the hung-out-to-dry judicial nominees. There are many more.

You can blame the two SCOTUS nominations and confirmation battles. You can blame the Judiciary Committee. (You can blame Senator McCain for the blockade of Haynes.)

But ultimately, the blame will rest at the feet of the Leader of the Senate.

Which is why Senator Frist has got to return from recess committed to getting the Judiciary Committee moving.

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