Interestingly, on her show today, Laura Ingraham played some of the background comments and tried to isolate their voices. At one particular spot, you could actually hear one of the Dems, Laura thinks it was Biden, talk about “delaying confirmation.” Now, whether Biden was saying this was a good idea or a bad one is anyone’s guess, but the very fact you could hear Democrats talking strategy on national television while another of their member was busy grilling Dr. Rice is just so completely unprofessional.
It appears now that Biden and other similarly clueless Senate Democrats (what's this thing called... A microphone? And it does what?) were indeed discussing a delay in Rice's confirmation:
WASHINGTON Jan 19, 2005 — Senate Democrats intend to delay Condoleezza Rice's confirmation as secretary of state at least until next week rather than grant her Inauguration Day approval, a spokesman said Wednesday.
First of all, kudos to Laura Ingraham and her production staff for picking something up that I don't think anyone else has. What a major coup!
Secondly, I'm not going to go into any conspiracy theories regarding this whole story. The simple fact of the matter is, these folks are just so incredibly clueless. What they did is akin to a professional football coach standing on the sidelines with his playbook wide open for the cameras to pick up during a playoff game.
What has happened to this party? They are falling apart at the seams! Already, their new Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, is embroiled in a bit of a political uproar for accusing the US Supreme Court's only African American member, Justice Thomas, of writing court opinions that read "like an eighth-grade dissertation compared to Justice Scalia's dissent." Now they are talking strategy on live television for all the world to hear during Dr. Rice's confirmation hearings?
Can the DNC's leadership do ANYTHING right? I wonder...