Senate Majority Leader and symptomatically-corrupt Republican Bill Frist recently had his O.J. Simpson moment on live TV. He emphatically declared his innocence in an almost certainly illegal sale of shares in HCA, slightly before a disappointing earnings report caused HCA stock to tank.
He claimed he sold the stock to avoid the appearance of conflict, but he also claimed to know nothing about the assets held in his trust, only to have it later revealed he was briefed 24 times about the assets held in his trust.
HCA, a corporation in which Majority Leader Frist is a major shareholder and founded by his father and brother is also a company that performs for-profit, abortion-on-demand for hypocritical Republicans that always fail to practice what they preach.
After declaring he had done nothing wrong in a lengthy and incomprehensible tirade, he said he would now take questions from the media. He then proceeded to walk off the stage just as the first reporter could ask a question.
Frist's effort to stifle criticism of his stock transactions came as SEC Chairman Christopher Cox removed himself from the agency's investigation, saying he wanted to avert "any appearance of impropriety." It has now become less likely that a corrupt Republican loyalist will, stonewall, cover-up-for, or whitewash the case of another criminally implicated conservative.
Time to pull Dr. Frist's feeding tube.
He is in a vegitative state both ethically and politically. The only real questions that remain are how much longer it will be before the truths about this potential crime are revealed and how much longer Americans are going to tolerate the conservative culture of corruption. Greed and criminality masquerading as conservative politicians will continue until voters express their outrage at the ballot box. Until then, the interests of Halliburton, Enron, and HCA will remain vastly more important than the interests of the average American.
Balletshooz blogs at Alphaliberal.com