- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 27, 2001

Noble: Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist, for balming America's nerves and calming her citizens with his quiet, unassuming expertise.

When Senate staffers found themselves victims of bioterrorism, they called on Dr. Frist's web site. That's understandable, since Dr. Frist, a cardiac transplant surgeon-turned disease expert, has seemed to be almost a second surgeon general during the ongoing anthrax attack on America.

Well before Dr. David Satcher made an on-screen appearance, Dr. Frist had been dispensing a per diem dose of accurate information. Using his sharp mind and medical training, he buzzed through the complexities of bioterrorism with surgical precision. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said that Sen. Frist had been operating as an "amazing resource."

It isn't surprising that Dr. Frist was first on the anthrax scene. After all, when Sen. Strom Thurmond collapsed on the Senate floor, Dr. Frist was on the scene, carefully ensuring that his colleague was in satisfactory condition. When gunshots exploded on the Capitol in 1998, Dr. Frist rushed to respond. He was one of the first doctors to care for the Capitol Police officers who had been shot.

In other words, Dr. Frist is a national treasure.

Knave: Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, for bludgeoning America's bombing campaign and for attacking the president with unthinking remarks and dubious expertise.

Mr. Biden, the plagiarizing presidential pretender, may well be setting up for another run at the nation's highest office. If so, he is going about it in one of the silliest ways possible: attacking a war president and sticking up for the Taliban.

In a speech to the Council of Foreign Relations earlier this week, Mr. Biden, who is incidentally the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the council that America could be seen as a "high-tech bully" in its bombing of Afghanistan. He also asserted that he was unsure how much longer President Bush would enjoy the "unquestioning period of unabashed support," for his policy in Afghanistan.

It isn't surprising that Mr. Biden is attacking Mr. Bush. After all, he has long been a critic of the administration's admirable attempt to abolish the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty. Nor does it come as a shock that Mr. Biden is indulging in another shameful exercise of self-promotion.

At least this time around, Mr. Biden seems to be using his own words. In 1998, he had to drop out of the presidential race after it became clear that his campaign speeches contained pilfered passages from other politicians.

Mr. Biden revealed his real foreign policy expertise last week, when he suggested to Mr. Bush that Bill Clinton be sent to the Middle East as a special envoy.

With "experts" like Mr. Biden making foreign policy in the Senate, we remain thankful that the only doctor in the Senate is the one to deliver information about anthrax.

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