At least Bill Frist will have something to fall back on when that presidential run doesn’t pan out: operating on gorillas.

Just look at these cute pictures. Wearing safari-themed scrubs, the robotic Frist almost seems lovable. “Gorillas, people, men,” Frist tells the Washington Post while operating on the 350-pound Kuja. “You look at the people here, a symphonic flow of people pitching in. It’s the oneness of humanity.”

He sounds like a new age James Dobson. It almost makes one forget about Terri Schiavo. At least this time when Frist gave a diagnosis, he examined the patient.

“Frist lifted Kuja’s huge, leathery black hand,” writes Laura Blumenfeld. “Williams, the dentist, said, ‘Take him with you to the Senate, so when Biden or Kennedy mouth off, you can turn him loose.'”

“‘He’s on my side,'” Frist said, stroking Kuja’s fur.”

Better a gorilla than the American people.