Frist’s filibuster threat

Despite having the support of a majority of the Senate, the alternative plan for military commissions backed by Sens. McCain, Graham, and Warner might face a filibuster led by Sen. Bill Frist, who is seriously toeing the White House line on the treatment of detainees and warrantless wiretapping. But since the White House might ultimately ...

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Possible running mates for Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush include, from top row left; Dick Cheney; John Danforth; Elizabeth Dole; Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn.; Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; New York Gov. George Pataki; Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge; and Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. (AP Photo)

Despite having the support of a majority of the Senate, the alternative plan for military commissions backed by Sens. McCain, Graham, and Warner might face a filibuster led by Sen. Bill Frist, who is seriously toeing the White House line on the treatment of detainees and warrantless wiretapping. But since the White House might ultimately get most of what its wants out of a possible compromise bill, why the threat of a filibuster? Could it be that Frist, who clearly harbors presidential aspirations, wants to steal McCain's spotlight?

In other news, the International Committee of the Red Cross will meet next week for the first time with the 14 high-level detainees now held at Gitmo who sparked off this current row in the first place.

Despite having the support of a majority of the Senate, the alternative plan for military commissions backed by Sens. McCain, Graham, and Warner might face a filibuster led by Sen. Bill Frist, who is seriously toeing the White House line on the treatment of detainees and warrantless wiretapping. But since the White House might ultimately get most of what its wants out of a possible compromise bill, why the threat of a filibuster? Could it be that Frist, who clearly harbors presidential aspirations, wants to steal McCain’s spotlight?

In other news, the International Committee of the Red Cross will meet next week for the first time with the 14 high-level detainees now held at Gitmo who sparked off this current row in the first place.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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