Saturday, November 08, 2003

Republicans Again Slam Democrats

The GOP continues its march to the happy one party future as the not over-bright Bill Frist, in one of his usual fits of pique, shut down a committee investigating the pre war intelligence "failures" because he just doesn't like the way the Democrats on the committee aren't lining up and bending over.

Angry about a leaked Democratic memo, the Republican leadership of the Senate yesterday took the unusual step of canceling all business of the committee investigating prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) called on the author of the memo -- which laid out a possible Democratic strategy to extend the investigation to include the White House and executive branch -- to "identify himself or herself . . . disavow this partisan attack in its entirety" and deliver "a personal apology" to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Only if those steps are taken, Frist said, "will it be possible for the committee to resume its work in an effective and bipartisan manner -- a manner deserving of the confidence of other members of the Senate and the executive branch."

Roberts followed Frist on the floor and said that unless the Democratic members "properly" address the issue, "I am afraid that it will be impossible to return to 'business as usual' in the committee."

Of course one suspects that the real reason behind this brainless move is to keep unpleasant truths from being revealed (evidently to investigate the White House and executive branch are "partisan attacks"), but it has the nice side effect of kicking democracy in the crotch at the same time, something the aptly nicknamed repugs have gotten good at.


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