November 01, 2005

Whassat? Backbone?

NY Times:

Democrats invoked a rarely used rule today that sent the Senate into a two-hour closed session, infuriating Republicans but producing an agreement for a bipartisan look at whether the Republican leadership was dragging its feet on a promised inquiry into the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence on Iraq.

[...]

"I demand on behalf of the American people that we understand why these investigations aren't being conducted," Senator Reid said from the Senate floor before the session, "and in accordance with Rule 21, I now move that the Senate go into closed session."

Senator Frist appeared furious over the maneuver, which took place against a backdrop of rising political acrimony here.

"The resort to this, this, this stunt - this political stunt - this scare tactic, is really deeply disappointing," he told reporters . But "if they want to get in the gutter, I guess that's what they'll do."


Heh. Cool.

1 comment:

Joy said...

It was fun to watch! Went up on the hill, talked to some staffers...they had nothing better to do! When Rule 21 is invoked the gallery is closed, staffers are shooed off the floor, and press gets the finger. Nice to know that they actually did something or at the very least, appeared to do something.