Not that they don’t have reason to be, but Republicans appear to be a little nervous these days. Pulling every string at their disposal to keep a tight lid on their criminal activities, today they blindsided Democrats by forcing a vote on a bill that would have required the President to provide documents relating to the White House Iraq Group (WHIG):
Hyde had barely finished telling the ranking minority member, Rep. Lantos, that he was probably going to allow some more discussion, then take a recess so that members could vote, and reconvene later after enough time for them to eat. Barely had 3 or 4 Democrats wandered out of the room (a common occurrence on both sides, since members are constantly wandering out in the back hallway to go make phone calls or meet visitors or talk to staffers), when the GOP committee staff started overtly counting heads. Seconds later, Rep. Rohrabacher called the question, forcing a vote.
As usual, Ron Paul was left being one of the only honest Republicans in Congress:
Only 2 Republicans stood up for finding out the truth–Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Paul, who seems to be an extremely rare species, an honest conservative who is angry about the lies that took us to war, even had the decency to publicly compliment Kucinich for being consistent by not just investigating the war now but also opposing it beforehand.
– It took Rep. Paul, a libertarian Republican from TX, to point out a couple obvious things: Americans deserve to know how we were taken to war; the Congress let the President go to war, instead of asserting its Constitutional right to declare war (the basis of the lawsuit that fellow AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder and possible MA Secretary of State candidate John Bonifaz brought in early 2003 in an attempt to stop the war from starting); and we need to change our foreign policy. He also noted that between 2000 and 2004, he had voted alone 126 times, by far the most of anyone in Congress–the man does have principles.
Update: Ia terrorist attack coming. Or at least some more fear mongering by the bird flu crowd.