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November 1, 2005
Flash: Senate Democrats May Have Balls After All
Democrats invoked a rarely used rule today that sent the Senate into a two-hour closed session, infuriating Republicans but producing an agreement for a bipartisan look at whether the Republican leadership was dragging its feet on a promised inquiry into the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence on Iraq.

The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, caught Republicans by surprise when, with only minutes' warning, he invoked Rule 21 - a move that Republicans said had not been taken in more than 20 years.


Senator Reid said that while the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, had promised a thorough inquiry into prewar intelligence, including the way the White House had used or misused it, he had not followed through.

"I demand on behalf of the American people that we understand why these investigations aren't being conducted," Senator Reid said from the Senate floor before the session, "and in accordance with Rule 21, I now move that the Senate go into closed session."

New York Times


Bill Frist helpfully put the whole thing in perspective...

Never before, said Mr. Frist, "have ever I been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution."

Never before? Fuck you, Doctor. You bastards have been taking a steaming shit on that "grand institution" every day for the past 5 years.

It's about time the Democrats fought back in this game. The White House and the Republicans, aided by the pathetic media, had been extremely successful in getting all this talk off the front pages in the past couple of days. First they sprung the Alito nomination, then it was bird flu. Good for the Dems for fighting back.

And I'll be very interested to see how this plays out. They're demanding that the investigation into the rationale for a war that's cost us over 2000 American lives and over $200 billion be taken seriously and that the congressional leadership stop stalling. Is that unreasonable? I would venture to guess that most regular people would think it's perfectly reasonable. Anyone who has lost a son or daughter in Iraq even more so.

Daily Kos reports that the Democrats are prepared to call a closed session every day until the investigation moves forward.



Previous Comments

Blood in the water. You may well start to see some increasingly assertive behavior on the part of democrats 'cause they see bush's approval rating in the mid 30s, blah blah. Where were all these concerned democratic leaders to be found during the buildup to the iraq war and after the torture and imprisonment without trail of enemy combatants, etc.
News media and party leaders just want to back a winner and that's yet another reason the two-party system of republican and republican-lite has to give way to a real democracy where dissent can actually get airtime.
Maybe when oil is at $100/barrel and gas is at $6/gallon, the average surbaban idiot will finally remove their head from their ass and finaly admit that it didn't just start with W - hey maybe we've been been gettin lied to for quite some time now...maybe this non-negotiable car-centered lifestyle is what's at the center of the US's current troubles. mebbe.
What to do...what to do