Tuesday, January 25, 2005
As the Washington Post puts it:
WASHINGTON - In a daylong debate, Democratic senators are using President
Bush's nomination of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state to rake his Iraq war
policy over the coals.
Rice's confirmation as Colin Powell's replacement appears not to be in
doubt. Still, Sens. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and Barbara Boxer of
California and eight other Democrats are lined up to get their licks in Tuesday,
even though many of them may wind up in Rice's column when the vote is taken.
Why is the republican leadership allowing this delay by democrats so they can wail against the president. We already know senator Boxer's thoughts from her rants last week before the cameras. What more can be said by Senator Byrd (of all people) that will aid his colleagues in deciding how to cast their vote? A former Ku Klux Klan member opining about the nomination of a black women to the President's cabinet!
I'm reminded of this Cox & Forkum cartoon. After today it will have to be revised to show all eight Democratic senators.