Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The New York Times reports Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, surrendered to the 'KGB' White House and agreed to make nice.
The oft-described moderate GOPers caved in to administration pressure, and unfortunately there will be no House Intelligence Committee hearings with sworn-in witnesses. We will not find out how many U.S. citizens have been illegally spied upon by the White House in their secret eavesdropping program.
Does anyone besides me find it strange that Cheney and his office are forever at the fulcrum of negotiations between White House and Congress?!? I mean, is Bush a mere 'puppet' president with sinister strings pulled and drawn by Cheney behind a secret White House curtain?!?
The agreement, hashed out in weeks of negotiations between Vice President Dick Cheney and Republicans critical of the program, dashes Democratic hopes of starting a full committee investigation because the proposal won the support of Senators Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine.
Mr. Hagel said the group worked out the last-minute deal in long telephone calls with Mr. Cheney; the White House counsel, Harriet E. Miers; and Stephen J. Hadley, the assistant to the president for national security.
I'm so tired of hearing about Cheney machinations, or Rove's behind the scene dirty work. I mean, is President Bush nothing more than a figurehead, like the queen of England who opens British Parliament then wanders the countryside with empty gestures and pomp that have little to do with governance?!?
And when are Republican legislators going to do anything to reassert their constitutional oversight of this run-amok administration?!? As Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va. said, "The committee is, to put it bluntly, basically under the control of the White House."