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April 27, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL.....Greg Sargent has more on the delaying game being played by Senate Intelligence Committee chair Pat Roberts. He's confirmed that Roberts quietly allowed a key deadline for his committee's investigation into intelligence manipulation to slip weeks ago, with no indication of when, if ever, Roberts plans to meet it. Now that the subject of the committee is possible misconduct by President Bush, Roberts obviously has no intention of ever allowing anything to see the light of day.

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And Roberts is in no danger of losing re-election, nor indeed of any consequences whatsoever for his dereliction.

Sigh.

Posted by: Alek Hidell on April 27, 2006 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

possible misconduct?

Posted by: Ace Franze on April 27, 2006 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

I was going to cry about this myself, but now I'll pat Alek on the shoulder instead. Hold on...it's not quite over yet, although it's tempting to just throw up your hands in the face of such elaborately orchestrated evil.

Posted by: shortstop on April 27, 2006 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

Is there any good reason that Harry Reid should not use parliamentary tactics to shutdown the senate every single day until this report is completed? This seems to me to be the chance to hang bush around the necks of the republican senate and let bush drag them into the abyss.

Posted by: davidhelms on April 27, 2006 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

Kansas must be an amazing state: fights against science, support for Pat Roberts... Very glad I don't live there.

Posted by: LeisureGuy on April 27, 2006 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, but, Clinton!

Posted by: craigie on April 27, 2006 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

What everyone's missing is that Pat Roberts is a pre-Socratic philosopher simply engaging in his craft. Quiddity has a great illustration here .

Posted by: Windhorse on April 27, 2006 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

Luckily, our liberal media will be all over this, and everyone will be outraged...

hello?

Is this thing on?...

Posted by: craigie on April 27, 2006 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

The best part is that Roberts is only the second kookiest senator from Kansas.

Posted by: Doug-E-Fresh on April 27, 2006 at 12:12 PM | PERMALINK

Click the link! Always click the link! There is always another side to the story -- and it is the Right one!

Posted by: Freedom Phukher on April 27, 2006 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

It's another brilliant move to keep the Democrats in their current state of insanity.

For what it's worth, here's my prediction: As the election approaches, the Democrats will get shrill and angry. And the report will be released in October, showing Bush did not manipulate intelligence. The GOP will be freed up to talk about the issues voters care about. The hapless Demcorats will be stuck in their "Bush McChimpyHitler Lied!" state of insanity.

End result? Angry Democratic candidates will lose, GOP candidates talking about the issues will win.

Posted by: Frequency Kenneth on April 27, 2006 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency nails it.

Posted by: brewmn on April 27, 2006 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Only the victims of some weird cerebral derangement syndrome will consider it prudent to even think of investingating the commander-in-chief during the time that he is engaged in a war against enemeies whose explicitly stated purpose is to destroy us.

One just hopes that there are at least some rational Democrats who do not suffer from such a malady.

Posted by: tbrosz on April 27, 2006 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

C'mon. The Republicans don't want this report released, ever. It may come out in some form once what's-his-name's book comes out about the CIA and the WH (the guy on 60 Minutes last weekend). Of course, the form I mean is the same one all the other reports took--it blames the CIA and intelligence agencies, or doesn't touch on the WH at all really.

Posted by: KC on April 27, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency nailed it!

Posted by: Lodi Mosque on April 27, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Acquiescence by many Dems to just this type of shenanigan (see Rockefeller here) makes me wonder what Republicans might be holding over their heads in other areas? Why give in on something so obviously ripe with potential to unmask Bush for the criminal he is?

Posted by: steve duncan on April 27, 2006 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency Kenneth,

What is the flavor of Kool-Aid served by the RNC? Is it grape? Or maybe wild cherry?

Posted by: Ron Byers on April 27, 2006 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

They should just let it go until after November, then they can start a real investigation next year.

Republicans will then view his current approval ratings as some sort of Golden Age.

Posted by: Ringo on April 27, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

makes me wonder what Republicans might be holding over their heads

Bush isn't the only one who has a hard time admitting a mistake. Any honest report is not going to conclude that Cheney falsified the Niger report in the study with the candlestick. It's going to be murky, forever. And no spineless Democrat worth his salt is going to stick his neck out until polling on the "purposely misled" questions is in the 60% range. Right now they are just over 50%.

Posted by: enozinho on April 27, 2006 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

I nail Kenneth with frequency!

Posted by: Jeff Gannon on April 27, 2006 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

I nail Kenneth with frequency!

At last, some relief from the inanity.

Posted by: craigie on April 27, 2006 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

At last, some relief from the inanity.

Thank you.

Posted by: aw, you know who on April 27, 2006 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

Compare and contrast to Bill Clinton, who asked that an independent counsel be named to investigate the bogus Whitewater "scandal". Worst decision of his presidency perhaps, as it led to eight years of pointless inquiries into his sex life and how much he claimed for donating his underwear to charity, but he wasn't afraid of the truth.

You think Bush will do the same?

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on April 27, 2006 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

See my previous post...well, D-UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH!

Posted by: barrisj on April 27, 2006 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK


The key intelligence claim was that there was an Iraqi nuclear prorgam. Anyone with the appropriate technical expertise could easily see that each and every part of that claim was nonsense - an invisble Manhattan project manned by Iraqis paid with sand?
The government employs most of the people with such expertise. I'm supposed to think that the system, including Bush, is so fucking stupid that that they can't listen to their own physicists? Hmm.. the idea does have a certain internal logic.

Posted by: gcochran on April 27, 2006 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

Frequency is, of course, right. People don't care about lies or gas prices or lost health insurance. They only care about gay marriage!

And tbroz also nails it, too -- in Time Of War, the (Republican) President is Beyond Reproach!

Posted by: Freedom Phukher on April 27, 2006 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

I sent Roberts a "bravo" email for postponing the investigation. It is great that the Rs don't investigate W. Let's wait until the Ds control Congress.

Posted by: anonymous on April 27, 2006 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK
HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL.....

Too bad they always forget Do No Evil.

Posted by: cmdicely on April 27, 2006 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

"GOP candidates talking about the issues" - Don't hold your breath! That's about as common as the cry of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.

Posted by: chasmrich on April 27, 2006 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Ole Potato Nose would lick up dog crap off the floor for this guy, wouldn't he?

Posted by: Fred Flintrock on April 27, 2006 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Our man Fitz will take the pitchfork from this dude and shove it up him sideways or my names not professor rat.

Follow the yellowgate road, it's such a rush, follow the yellowgate road...and watch out for those flying monkee's.

Posted by: professor rat on April 28, 2006 at 8:21 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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