Senate Holds Closed Session on Iraq

Senate closed hearingsIn what may be little more than a political stunt by Democratic leader Harry Reid today, the Senate halted all normal procedures, kicked the public out and finally talked about Iraq in the most democratic form anyone could hope for… behind closed doors.

We’ve been too busy tipping at the titty bar thanks to FEMA debit cards to really give a shit about this whole “why are we still in Iraq” thing, so we’re gonna just turn the whole “question the government” schtick over to our homeboy Knappster, who has questions for both sides:

Question for Senator Reid — If “the American people and U.S. troops deserve to know the details of how the United States became engaged in the war,” then why call for a closed sesion instead of an open one?

Question for Senator Lott — If Reid was just interested in making “some sort of stink about Scooter Libby and the CIA leak,” then wouldn’t he have done so in public instead of in secret?

Question for Senator Reid — If Senator Pat Roberts “reneged on a promise to fully investigate whether the administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence leading up to the war,” then why haven’t Senate Democrats moved to bring Senate work to a halt until such an investigation is done, or introduced a motion to censure Roberts for dereliction of duty?

Question for Senator Lott — If Senator Reid’s procedural move “violated the Senate’s tradition of courtesy,” how would you characterize Senate President Dick Cheney’s admonition, given on the Senate floor, to Senator Pat Leahy to “go f–k himself?”

Last word before we go back to stuffing bills into g-strings: If no one was paying attention to the Democrats raising a stink about Iraq before, exactly how is a closed-door session meant to change that?

Update: Fafblog puts the “stunt” in hilarious perspective.

Another Update: Wonkette gives us more to laugh at with this infographic depiction of the difference between “pure stunt” and “extraordinary move.”

Stephen VanDyke

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4 Comments
  1. Were there any cameras? Seems like a good time for some coffee and donuts. Maybe some French pastries while your at it.

  2. AB,

    I think you might have heard incorrectly (I have bad hearing as well). They weren’t dining on “French pastries”. They deciding on fresh patsies.

    sorry, bad play on words :) I think we’re probably both right.

    Cheers,

    -Rick

  3. The Democrats and Republicans are fighting it out. Both parties voted to put us in Iraq. What the hell? At least the Republicans are sticking to their guns while the Democrats are backing out of their deal to support the war.

    Now, who is the most stand up party? Neither. Both parties leave a lot to be desired but the Democrats are so full of it I just want to scream.