Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A slap in the face

Senator Harry Reid and the Democrats did a brilliant stealth move today. Eclipsing Alito and the woefully stupid bird flu press conference. They forced the Senate into a dramatic closed session to discuss what happened with the CIA leak and the indictment of Scooter Libby. That meant that the whole place shut down, the public was escorted out and all 100 senators had to come back in and really discuss the national security issues. Like why no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. Were the facts cooked so we would go to war? And why Senator Pat Roberts hasn't examined the misinformation like he promised he would a year and a half ago!!!

Reid gave an absolutely rousing speech. It was brilliant. Emotional. And about time! Senator Bill Frist on the other hand was caught with his lame duck in his hand.

"Never have I been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution."


You know what I consider a slap in the face?
An illegal war
A conspiracy to out covert CIA agents.
The cover-up to that conspiracy.
A cabal of Cheney, Rumsfeld and all the rest of the neo-cons who plot in secret and hijacked our country.
Lying to the American public on a regular basis.
Killing innocent American soldiers and Iraqis for the profits of oil companies and Haliburton.
Thinking that they can dupe us again and again and again.
An idiot President that doesn't deserve to be President much less dog catcher.

Bravo to Reid and the Dems. Harry Reid is a much better leader than I ever thought he could be. I hope this blow is the first of many.


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

How dare the Democrats actually use the Senate to try and get some work done? That's just not right!

Also: EJ Dionne and Alterman are both pointing out the obvious re: Scooter Libby--that he and his handlers deliberately dragged their feet for a year in order to prevent this information from gettting out before the '04 elections.

So what's gonna happen to Libby? My crystal ball sez: He'll get trashed in the press for a few weeks, get a slap-on-the-wrist penalty, and disappear for a few years, while he gets a plum position in one of the right-wing think tanks, pulling in six figures a year by way of thanks from a heartless bunch of motherfuckers.

They take care of their own.


7:18 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Robert Scheer in the LA Times and Tom Oliphant in the Boston Globe also noticed what Dionne and Alterman noticed.

And by the way, thanks so much Judy Miller for covering for Scooter before the last election and keeping the information from the public so they wouldn't vote against Bush. She is disgusting.

Reid's move today was brilliant and I hope that it's demonstrating that they are determined to get to the bottom of this and not screw around anymore.

I heard that Fitgerald always goes for the maximum penalties and he really doesn't like it when people lie to him. I want Rove naked on a large platter with an apple in his mouth.

8:09 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger SFChick74 said...

I'm sick of the bird flu scare and can't believe anyone is taking it seriously.

I thought I read that only 62 people died from it since 2003. That hardly constitutes a possible pandemic. In that same timeframe, more people died of alcoholism and in car accidents, but you don't see the President coordinating $7 billion to deal with them over the next five years.

8:47 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

sfchick74: right on. But remember W's mantra: "Scare, Don't Share, Don't Play Fair."

9:53 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

Oh I hope they stick to it. Now's the time to hit hard!

6:18 AM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

"I'm sick of the bird flu scare and can't believe anyone is taking it seriously."

I actually agree with you, but if it does get serious, how many people would cry "it's Bush's fault! He should have done something about it." Just like it was his fault when the levies broke in New Orleans. I am not trying to start an argument here, but doesn't it make sense that Bush wants to cover his butt?

11:10 AM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

The problem, as always, is that by the time Bush realizes that it's a problem, it's already too late (see: Global Warming. see also: New Orleans. It is is fault, shawn. Good thing you don't want to start an argument here, because you would lose. Again.).

There have been increasing shortages of vaccines for five years, at the same time that the influenza virus has shown remarkable resiliency.

Check the work of Dr. Allan Rosenberg (i think) at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University if you'd like.

Once again, the market-based economy did not react in time, because the margins in researching and making a vaccine are so small that it makes no fiscal sense to do so, when it's so much more profitable to make viagra and paxil.

So, once again, Dubya stands up in front of people and tries to sound presidential, while the folks who've been screaming about htis shit for five or more years throw up their hands in frustration because now it's too late.

And of course, where would the seven billion dollars come from?

Here's a thought--stop making Trident submarines, F-22 fighter planes, and all the other boondoggle defense department projects that are designed to fight an enemy that died in its sleep ten years ago. That would probably clear $100 billion or so out of our discretionary spending and not make us any less prepared to fight the sort of wars this president has gotten us into.

And this war is his fault too.

All hat and no cattle.


2:04 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

The weird thing is Reid is a Mormon.

5:41 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

Are you saying it's weird that a Mormon is doing the right thing?

7:19 PM, November 02, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Yes, it shifted the focus--momentarily. But I'm not so quick to applaud what looks to me like grandstanding. Do you simply disbelieve the claim that Replublicans had just informed Democratic staffers that the second phase of the report would be completed next week? Of course I like the outcome, but the means didn't impress me.

I'm more impressed with the Gang of 14. Or to single out one person, look at McCain's hearings on the sleaziness of Jack Abramoff. There's a politician worth commending.

8:25 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Agreed, although some of the GOP members of the G14 appear to be willing to support Alito. They break up, and Frist can shut down the filibuster option. He only needs a simple majority, and if it's a 50-50 tie, the tiebreaker goes to Cheney. Not a happy scenario.


10:15 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

I too like McCain's take on Abramoff. But don't be so quick to categorize what Harry Reid did as grandstanding. If you haven't seen the chronology of how long the Democrats have tried to get an answer from the Republicans to address the misuse of WMD intelligence, it's an eye-opener. I now know why nothing gets done in Washington. And at each turn, the Republicans stonewalled. I'm glad that Reid and others had the cojones to call a spade a spade and demand some answers. There is a reason the Senate allows a Senator to demand a closed session. And Reid's use of was totally appropriate. So click here:
http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/2136/1/129/ if you'd like to read the whole chronology. It's too long to leave as a comment.

10:37 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Jessica: the second half of the report has been promised for over a year. Repeated promises were becoming normal and falling on deaf ears. in a year of FEMA's continued failing (it's still failing) showing how cronyism lives but people die, Libby's indictment showing a White House that lies, leaks, and withholds information - except for the name of a u.s. agent for political purposes, do you really believe the democrats believed the report would be delivered in a week? Or that it would be delivered in 2006 - an election year for house/senate? Don't think so. It's never going to be delivered - that's Robertson's objective. If shows just more bad news for Republicans, and sadly more bad news for the country. Reid made a brilliant move, one as brilliant as any Republican would in this administraion, he used his POWER. They're so upset because they couldn't use theirs.

10:47 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Shawn said...

I am only saying that most Mormons in America are conservative and the guy in charge of the Democrats in the senate is Mormon. That's all.

11:18 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger justacoolcat said...

As for Libby and company, I fear pardons all around.

1:49 PM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

I feel your fear. Bush Senior pardoned as many as he could from Iran Contra and I could see junior doing the same thing...although, I think it would bring down an unprecedented shit storm.

3:07 PM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

Pardons? As one who had weapons aimed at him by the Iranians that were illegally sold to the by Ronald Reagan fulfilling his October surprise Arms for Hostages deal and funding his illegal support of the Nicaraguan Contra Terrorists, I am particularly outraged over the pardons of Poindexter, North and the other criminals.

I am also outraged that treason in the form of selling weapons to our enemies isn't the primary Reagan legacy.

He was a doddering old fool, a phony, a traitor and evil scumbag. I hope he rots in hell where he belongs.

Eck, I just coughed up some bile.

What was I talking about?

6:16 PM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Don't beat around the bush, Crank...what do you really think about Reagan?


7:46 PM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Revisionist history is a bitch isn't Crank? I totally agree with your perspective.

8:34 PM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

coolcat: you're absolutely right of course, he is going to pardon them. And it will be contested and the outrage will be so big it will be taken to civil court - and the case will go right up to the SUPREME COURT - why do you think he's working so hard to put a friend in the 9th slot? They saw this coming 18 months ago and are already heading off the shit storm. See this older post "Supreme Cushion" where I lay it all out: http://burnedoutparanoiddemocrat.blogspot.com/2005/10/supreme-cushion-aka-half-baked-court.html

8:52 PM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Boni, I read the timeline. Thanks.
Phil, point taken; to each his own.
Cranky, what is most frightening is that "I don't recall" was probably true.

12:53 PM, November 04, 2005  

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