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Bill Frist on Coronavirus
« on: April 27, 2020, 05:29:52 PM »
Physician and Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Coronavirus.

Not in the least bit flattering to Trump and McConnell and all that follow them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEM9PfscOYA

An especially interesting passage on the only thing that will bring the pandemic to an end and who he recommends voting for:

https://youtu.be/WEM9PfscOYA?t=149


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Re: Bill Frist on Coronavirus
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 01:21:34 AM »

Interesting. Too bad the interviewer is so obnoxious.

His "criticism" of Trump is that he thinks it's great there's all this communicating about COVID going on, he just thinks it's incorrect that Trump occasionally provides incorrect and possibly dangerous information.  It's like saying that it's great a company publishes its 10Qs, it's just too bad the numbers are occasionally incorrect because the CEO just makes them up.



 

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Re: Bill Frist on Coronavirus
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 05:57:28 AM »

Interesting. Too bad the interviewer is so obnoxious.

His "criticism" of Trump is that he thinks it's great there's all this communicating about COVID going on, he just thinks it's incorrect that Trump occasionally provides incorrect and possibly dangerous information.  It's like saying that it's great a company publishes its 10Qs, it's just too bad the numbers are occasionally incorrect because the CEO just makes them up.
I think his criticism goes far beyond what you say.

When asked directly about Trump, his reply is a bit disappointing. If you quoted him out of context it could even seem complementary, but I think that is just a former Senate Majority Leader acting as a politician. He is exemplifying Buffett's admonition to criticize by class and praise by name. When praising by name there is at least a backhanded complement, but when criticizing by class, he states one of the most damning criticisms I have heard of the BEHAVIOR of current Republican leadership and anyone else Democrat or others who is engaging in similar behavior.

Praising people by name, criticizing behavior by class seems statesman like to me.

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Re: Bill Frist on Coronavirus
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2020, 04:32:32 PM »

Interesting. Too bad the interviewer is so obnoxious.

His "criticism" of Trump is that he thinks it's great there's all this communicating about COVID going on, he just thinks it's incorrect that Trump occasionally provides incorrect and possibly dangerous information.  It's like saying that it's great a company publishes its 10Qs, it's just too bad the numbers are occasionally incorrect because the CEO just makes them up.
I think his criticism goes far beyond what you say.

When asked directly about Trump, his reply is a bit disappointing. If you quoted him out of context it could even seem complementary, but I think that is just a former Senate Majority Leader acting as a politician. He is exemplifying Buffett's admonition to criticize by class and praise by name. When praising by name there is at least a backhanded complement, but when criticizing by class, he states one of the most damning criticisms I have heard of the BEHAVIOR of current Republican leadership and anyone else Democrat or others who is engaging in similar behavior.

Praising people by name, criticizing behavior by class seems statesman like to me.

Itís a very thoughtful interview. I like how he deflects off topic questions regarding abortion and pro life without really insulting the interviewer. Shows class.  All his answers make it clear that he thought about this topics beforehand. Itís pretty sad when you compare this to the current state of leadership.
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Re: Bill Frist on Coronavirus
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2020, 05:55:04 PM »
RTF,

I'm sorry if my post seems like it's belittling your initial comment.  Yes, that's how he expressed himself and exactly why I'm not willing to give him any credit. He's obviously a politician more than anything else.  It's actually quite saddening, that we see a self-declared republican, declaring himself to be pro-science, tip-toeing in criticizing POTUS, and so we start cheering.    The hurdle rate sure has been lowered.



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Re: Bill Frist on Coronavirus
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2020, 02:01:37 PM »
RTF,

I'm sorry if my post seems like it's belittling your initial comment.  Yes, that's how he expressed himself and exactly why I'm not willing to give him any credit. He's obviously a politician more than anything else.  It's actually quite saddening, that we see a self-declared republican, declaring himself to be pro-science, tip-toeing in criticizing POTUS, and so we start cheering.    The hurdle rate sure has been lowered.

No offense taken. We both posted very brief comments so I wanted to elaborate a bit since it seems a lot of readers will not read a linked document or even watch a video.

I agree with your summary here also, but I guess I am just willing to take what I can get at this point. In fact I'll happily take these somewhat measured comments from Romney too:

https://www.theweek.com/speedreads/911575/romney-says-governments-initial-response-coronavirus-not-stand-great-moment-american-leadership

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) didn't criticize President Trump by name on Tuesday night, but he did share his disappointment with the federal government's initial response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying the speed of it "looked slow compared to other people. That first phase will not stand out as a great moment in American leadership. We didn't look real strong, and that's kind of an understatement."

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"I'm not blaming this administration" for the slow coronavirus response, he said, but "it's hard to say to all 50 governors, you guys all do your thing. I think the federal coordination has been less than my personal style." Romney said he would surround himself with "real experts in crisis management," listening to "people who have dealt with this more than I have. The key to leadership is recognizing you're not the smartest guy in the room."