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May 25, 2005

Thank God I'm Not a Republican!

If I were, I would have to vote for people who would choose somebody like this for their leader:

Carpetbagger Report: Why would anyone contribute $5,000 to a campaign that ended two years ago, to a candidate who finished a distant fourth? It makes more sense when the donor is Bill Frist and the candidate is Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.... I can appreciate that Frist is desperate to rally religious right support for his Senate agenda (and his 2008 presidential campaign), but donating $5,000 to a campaign that doesn't exist just to curry favor with a far-right group is bound to look pretty bad.

For that matter, maybe Frist could elaborate a bit on why, exactly, he would offer such generous financial support to Perkins's long-finished campaign. After all, this is the same Perkins who paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,000 for his mailing list and later tried to hide the payment from the Federal Election Commission. It's also the same Perkins who blamed MTV for the Abu Ghraib scandal, compared Thomas Jefferson's wall of separation between church and state to the communists' Berlin Wall, and argued that federal judges who disagree with him pose "a greater threat to representative government" than"terrorist groups." Sounds exactly like the kind of guy who should get $5,000 checks from the Senate Majority Leader, right?

Posted by DeLong at May 25, 2005 10:52 AM