Frist Distances Himself From DeLay, Cornyn

Just over the AP Wire:

“Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Tuesday that federal judges’ rejection of efforts by Congress to keep Terri Schiavo alive will not affect the escalating dispute between Democrats and Republicans over President Bush’s judicial nominees.

‘I don’t associate the two issues directly,’ Frist told reporters.

Frist, R-Tenn., declined to join with conservatives who have complained about the federal court system in relation to the Schiavo case. ‘I believe we have a fair and independent judiciary today,’ he said.

[C]onservatives are mounting a campaign against what they call activist federal judges. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and other conservatives who advocated for Schiavo have planned a conference on Thursday and Friday called ‘Confronting The Judicial War On Faith’ with the lawyer for Schiavo’s parents.”

Although the federal review ‘was not as complete as we would like,” Frist said, he still thought the courts were ‘fair and independent.'”