I'm with Digby. What a lame, sissified, cowering bunch of milquetoasts the GOP members of the Judiciary Committee are. They're so afraid of Dubya's playground bullies they sit with their thumbs up their asses, too simpering and quivering even to defend their own power as they completely abdicate the oversight responsibilities they were elected to carry out on behalf of their constituents:
These men who spent years running on Madisonian principles ("The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse") now argue without any sense of irony or embarrassment that Republican Senators are nothing more than eunuchs in President Bush's political harem. They have voluntarily rendered the congress of the United States impotent to his power.On the other hand, Glenn Greenwald was superb on CSPAN this morning (clip at Crooks & Liars). Some crazy loaded Freeper called in and said Glenn and the ACLU should've been in the towers the day they went down, and Glenn was so succinct and direct in his refutation it will leave you feeling really confident that there are people out there with the intelligence and conviction to get the country back on track and beat this nonsense into the ground.
We are looking at fifty-five of the most powerful people in the country. Collectively the Republican Senators represent almost a hundred and fifty million citizens. And they have allowed a callow little boy like George W. Bush along with his grey eminineces Karl Rove and Dick Cheney to strip them of their consciences, their principles and their constitutional obligations. What sad little creatures, cowardly and subservient, unctuously bowing and scraping before Karl Rove the man who holds their (purse) strings and dances them around the halls of congress singing tributes to their own irrelevance at the top of their lungs. How pathetic they are.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled GOP jellyfish festival.