< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: The surgeon and his subordinates.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

The surgeon and his subordinates.

Confronting Frist requires disabling his surgeon mentality--of entitlement not only to high fees and wide public respect but also to absolute obedience in the operating room. He will succeed as long as his colleagues who disagree with him nevertheless defer to his "leadership"--which is exactly what they are saying they will do. Only if it becomes obvious that he is not worthy of their respect, that he's an imposter in the operating room, will they withhold their obedience. And only then will he retreat. There's plenty: (a) Frist stands publically accused by his peers of violating medical ethics and issuing incompetent diagnoses; (b) his employee stands formally indicted in federal court for conspiracy to deprive American citizens of the right to vote; and (c) he stands humiliated as a liar on the senate floor, for saying he believes filibusters of judges are unconstitutional when he's filibustered them himself. And you're going to pass the scalpel to this quack?