Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. One thing that’s slightly frustrating about the article is that it seems to focus on the pro-life issue. Trent Lott didn’t get into trouble for opposing abortion, he got into trouble for parading his ignorance of racial issues in front of the American people, which enabled his tainted past acts to come home to roost. Frist is a Republican favored by the Bush administration — he’s a conservative. The question is whether Frist is a real escape from Lott’s good old boy-ism. I think we can be fairly sure that Frist isn’t as ignorant as Lott, if nothing else.