May 26, 2006


Senate Confirms Hayden As CIA Director (KATHERINE SHRADER, May 26, 2006, The Associated Press)

Hayden, 61, would be the first active-duty or retired military officer to run the spy agency in 25 years. He was approved by a vote of 78-15. [...]

During Thursday night's debate, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the warrentless wiretapping program raised "serious questions about whether the general is the right person to lead the CIA, serious questions about whether the general will continue to be an administration cheerleader, serious questions about his credibility."

Democrat opposition to terrorist surveillance raises questions about whether the American people will trust them to govern.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2006 11:48 AM

The really silly thing is they ramp the attacks on Bush's anti-terrorism efforts up so high, and have the big media outlets helping them do so, to the point they really do burn that message into voters' brains, and then, outside of the really true believers, they go out and vote for confirmation of people like Hayden (or in the House, vote against stuff like Murtha's immediate troop withdrawal plans).

The combination both loses them support with the American public on the issue of who is going to best keep you and your family from being killed on U.S. soil, and makes the angry voices on the left even angrier, because they're deluded into believing they have the big mojo on their side and then see almost two dozen Democratic senators vote to confirm Bush's CIA nominee. It's the worst of both worlds (unless you're Hillary, and your trying to remain viable in the '08 general by voting sanely in Congress while relying on your own base of party faithful to sneak past the Deaniacs in the primaries).

Posted by: John at May 26, 2006 12:12 PM

What is confusing to me is how the Democrats get themselves into this position of opposing and supporting the president at the same time. They voted 25-14 to confirm him, what was the point of all the anti-Hayden talk in the first place?

Harry Reid even voted yes.

Posted by: Brandon at May 26, 2006 1:21 PM

Polls, smolls. Never pay any attention to what lefties say, only watch what they do if you wish to find out where things stand. Bush must be focus grouping very well or his initiatives would be down the drain instead sailing through.

Posted by: erp at May 26, 2006 6:35 PM