Breaking News: Partisan Politics

In an unprecedented move, Senate Democrats played their hand at some partisan politics in the name of national security. It was a closed-door meeting. Republicans lingered in disbelief at the thought that elected officials would manipulate the American people with this public relations stunt. Simply unheard of.

The movie Wag the Dog hinted that such things might be done by public officials to distract from low poll numbers or personal and political messes. Senate Republicans interviewed on their way into the special session were dumbfounded, "We would never do such a thing." Even the President's announcement of Miers' withdrawal was purely coincidental with the timing aligning so perfectly with the news of Libby's indictment.

Senate Democrats persisted in their claim that their motivation was nothing but a concern for national security. This meeting had to happen today. The nation could not wait a day longer. This was the day we needed to discuss Iraq and the indictment behind closed doors. Yesterday's positive reports about the state of the economy, the new Supreme Court pick (who seems to be quite satisfactory to the Bush base) really have no bearing on the nature and timing of the meeting.


(Inspired by Andy Borowitz)


At 11/02/2005 09:50:00 AM, Blogger Dakotaranger said...

So are they going to bring in the Able Danger guys now that they care about the 9-11 intel? (yeah I know the answer

At 11/02/2005 02:04:00 PM, Anonymous david said...

Yep. It kind of reminds me of when Newt Gingrich tried to shut down the government because he had to sit in the back on Air Force One on the way back from a funeral.

At 11/02/2005 03:17:00 PM, Blogger Cabe said...

Lol David, where did you hear that?

Newt Gingrich is the kryptonite of Liberalism. He hates big government, and shut it down when it was going to spend too much. Clinton cried his eyes out.

Sadly I wish there were more of Newt, somebody needs to shut this government down for a month to get some things done.

Ah Newt.....I miss you so!!

At 11/02/2005 05:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cabe, you'd be funny if you weren't so incredibly detached from the actual history of the shutdown. The Dems beat Newt's monkey ass when he tried to shut things down, handing him an absolute pounding in terms of public opinion. If Clinton was crying during the shutdown, it was because he was laughing his ass off while the House GOP got painted as obstructionist bullies. Read a book or something.

Oh, in case you didn't notice, your man "kryptonite" eventually left office in disgrace. Get used to that, it's about to become a familiar pattern.

At 11/02/2005 05:06:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

I'm stepping in here only to send a reminder to keep things respectful and not personal. I welcome a debate of ideas and issues. No personal attacks.

At 11/02/2005 08:20:00 PM, Blogger Jess LaBarber said...

As a resident of Nevada and an embarrassed constiuent of Harry Reid. I can only apologize to the rest of you.

At 11/02/2005 08:28:00 PM, Blogger Layman said...


I did not know that Newt Gingrich had the power to shut down the government by himself. And what is your evidence that the reason he supposedly did so was because of being treated impolitely on Air Force One? I seem to remember a big budget show down as being the reason for the clash.

At 11/03/2005 03:00:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Hmmmm, Lores, apparently I'm not the only blogger who gets disrespectful commentators.

I can't figure out what the purpose is in holding a closed door session. Harry Reid said it was to discuss what pre-war intelligence actually found out in regard to WMD, but Pat Roberts, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he told the Dems the day before that the report was forthcoming next week.

So Reid knew that the answers were on the way but he invoked rule 21 anyway.

Could it be he wanted to distract Americans from the news that Rove didn't get indicted and Alito is Bush's new pick for the SCOTUS?

And Dakota makes a good point. Maybe this would be a good time to ungag Col. Shaffer and friends.

At 11/03/2005 03:41:00 AM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Re, "Pat Roberts, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he told the Dems the day before that the report was forthcoming next week."

But he's one of the liars. Hsd the report not been forthcoming, then Dems would've been caught -- perceived as whiners. This was the right thing to do, done at the right time -- and about dang time.


At 11/03/2005 05:13:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

George and Karl are two of the shrewdest politicians ever, a little misdirection to fire up the party, some ether in the injector and turned on the GOP race engine with Alito, as the pistons of the conservative cranked to life. High compression engines need a major charge to fire up and the conservative base of the GOP is not fragile dragsters it is Baja trophy trucks built for abusive long hard miles. This is not a new movement as the left claims, it is the original movement still alive and breathing fire some 300 odd years later, or in my family to the days of "Braveheart" William Wallace and 1623 here in America. I can truthfully state I represent originalist thinking and have long been an avid student of American history. Freedom, a gift of our Lord shall not be taken from my living hand. Lores, when these wingnut loonbats cause a problem just refer them to the Barnyard.

At 11/03/2005 12:17:00 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Karl Rove is one of the shrewdest politicians ever. George, not so much.


At 11/03/2005 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Oh, in case you didn't notice, your man "kryptonite" eventually left office in disgrace. Get used to that

Yes, Bill Clinton did indeed leave office in disgrace. He's been on his "legacy rehab" tour ever since.


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