Blaming Frist

Are Republicans in the Senate growing restive under the leadership of Bill Frist? A growing number are griping about the Tennessee heart surgeon, who took over when Trent Lott resigned in December 2002 over racially insensitive remarks. The G.O.P. Senators are unhappy that "there's no record of accomplishment this year," confides a senior Republican aide who's heard from a number of them. "It seems like the Democrats are eating our lunch."

Frist, who had little experience moving legislation before he took the top job, has been unable to push a budget or energy bill through the Senate. Democrats forced him to...

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