November 1, 2005

IF A SENATOR BLOVIATES IN SECRET SESSION DOES HE SCORE ANY POLITICAL POINTS?

Dirty Harry: The Senate Minority Leader throws a roundhouse. (John Dickerson, Nov. 1, 2005, Slate)

Reid invoked Senate Rule 21 allowing closed secret sessions necessary to discuss classified information. The C-SPAN cameras were switched off and the lights lowered.

Reid was trying to thwart White House efforts to move past the Scooter Libby indictment. Yesterday, Bush had everyone talking about Alito. Today he unveiled a big program to prepare for a possible outbreak of avian flu. Reid wants to change the subject back. "The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really about," he said on the floor of the Senate today in regular session, "how the administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions." [...]

Republicans complained Reid's move violated the Senate's tradition of courtesy and consent. Recent closed sessions called to discuss chemical weapons and Bill Clinton's impeachment were agreed to by the leaders of both parties beforehand. But there was nothing in Senate rules that allowed them to stop him.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said the chamber was "hijacked" by Democrats.


Just ignore it and let Democrats debate themselves in the dark.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2005 9:16 PM
Comments

Amen, Brother Judd.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 1, 2005 10:00 PM

"Democrats Master Debate in the Dark"

Intersting option for a headline, but I doubt any of the major outlets will be running it Tuesday.

Posted by: John at November 1, 2005 10:55 PM

John: Drop the De in the third word of that headline.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 1, 2005 11:09 PM

I bet they held flashlights up to their faces to make the story scarier.

Posted by: RC at November 2, 2005 7:13 AM

Oh goodie, another zen koan to ponder.

Posted by: tefta at November 2, 2005 7:54 AM
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