Monday, February 27, 2006


From a DSCC press release:

On Saturday, Bill Frist flip-flopped and said that he is now backing the Bush Administration’s controversial Dubai port deal. Democrats said that Frist’s newfound confidence in the port deal follows his pattern of backing down almost immediately on the rare occasion that he actually confronts the White House on an issue.

“Bill Frist was taken to the White House woodshed last week,” DSCC spokesman Phil Singer said. “On the handful of occasions that Frist has shown some backbone and stood up to the White House on an issue, he has backed down and flip-flopped. It’s tough to tell who has more influence with Frist: the Bush White House or the special interests that get him to pass their agenda – although there’s not much of a difference between those two things.”

After saying that he was against the Dubai port deal, Frist told a GOP gathering on Saturday that he now has no problem with Bush’s decision to turn control of American ports over to a foreign country. “We're behind the president 100 percent. We believe the decision in all likelihood is absolutely the right one,” Frist said. Frist’s comments followed his threat to pass legislation to stop the deal last week. [Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/26/06; Frist Release, 2/21/06; CNN, 2/21/06]