Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Democratic Spine: Simply Delicious

There are few things in this world that are more satisfying, more delicious, than watching people stand up to insist on accountability. Yesterday's rare closed session of the Senate - called by Senator Harry Reid - is one of those wonderfully delicious morsels that this humble contributor finds most satisfying.

Better yet? Despite all the GOP whining about the Senate being "hijacked by the Democratic leadership," (not so fun when it's you being harangued, is it, Frist?), Republicans gave into Reid's demands and agreed to a six-senator bipartisan task force that will report by Nov. 14 on "the intelligence committee's progress of the phase two review of the prewar intelligence and its schedule for completion." This was after the Senate intelligence committee report on prewar intelligence had been delayed for nearly a year, according to Democrats.

Even better than this is that Reid's actions moved media attention from ScAlito's nomination (no doubt revealed on Monday to distract the media from Libby's indictment) back to the Iraq war. Perfectly played.

Is this, as the Los Angeles Times reports, indicative of shift amongst Democratic lawmakers - and Congressional candidates - to take stronger measures in holding Republican leadership accountable? I certainly hope so. If Dems keep this up, we may see deeply deserved impeachment proceedings of Bush and his cronies.

That would be the richest morsel of all.

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