Tuesday, November 01, 2005

More Democrat Shenanigans

The Democrats decided to force the Senate into a closed session today, citing the need for answers about what the administration knew about Iraq's WMDs before the war began.

Democrat Senator Harry Reid said that the American people and U.S. troops deserved to know the details of how the United States got involved in the war, claiming that this was particularly necessary in light of the indictment of Libby, Cheney's chief of staff. So the Dems see these two situations as highly relevant to one another. But consider this passage from CIA leak prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's news conference last Friday:
This indictment is not about the war. This indictment's not about the propriety of the war. And people who believe fervently in the war effort, people who oppose it, people who have mixed feelings about it should not look to this indictment for any resolution of how they feel or any vindication of how they feel....The indictment will not seek to prove that the war was justified or unjustified. This is stripped of that debate, and this is focused on a narrow transaction. And I think anyone who's concerned about the war and has feelings for or against shouldn't look to this criminal process for any answers or resolution of that.
Perhaps the real reason Harry Reid wanted the public out of this Senate session was in order to keep them from seeing his fellow Democrat Senators struggle to explain how there is any connection between Libby's indictment and pre-war intelligence on Iraq, especially given that there is none.

If the Dems find it acceptable to let their senate minority leader pull stunts like this, it should become obvious quite quickly how disoriented their party is. This weekend must have been a rough one to be a Democrat. Republicans got their SCOTUS agenda back on track with a solid nomination in the form of Samuel Alito, Karl Rove escaped charges in the Libby leak case, and the economy grew by 3.8% GDP in the third quarter, despite the hurricanes.

The fact that the Senate Democrats see their stunt today as a way to regain momentum and support, rather than as reminder to the public that they are not fit to govern, says a good deal about the party.