Senate Democrats, seeing all their hopes beginning to disipate after the Plame Investigation closed with none of their hoped-for inictments, seems to have acted in desperation today. Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, invoked Rule 21, which I had never been aware of, to institute a closed-door session on the issue of pre-war intelligence, and who knows what else.
The fact is, though Libby was indicted on some serious charges, he was indicted for comments related to an investigation that concluded that there was NO wrongdoing. No matter how many times Reid and others rant about the pre-war intelligence and the so-called “outing” of Valerie Plame, nothing will come of endlessly droning on about these issues.
The average person knows that we had faulty intelligence, and the average person could care less about Ms. Plame. But let me tell you why the invoking of “Rule 21” in the Senate is such a monumentally dumb thing to do.
Conservatives have just gone through something of an in-house spat, of a sorts. We had this huge debate and publicly dissented from our President, whom we've supported to a significant degree over the past 6+ years. So, after this whole in-house debate, an intelligent opposition leader would seek a way to capitalize on this potential rift.
So, what did Senate Democrats do? Initiate an outrageous action guaranteed to unite conservatives across the board.
Is this the best that DNC leaders can do? If so, they are in for yet another rough election cycle in 2006.
I think this move by Senate Democrats will wind up hurting them FAR more than it ever could have helped them. So, let me be the first to extend my thanks to DNC leaders who have done us the favor of reminding us that, no matter how much conservatives might disagree on various issues, we can all agree that the Democratic Party has no answers to offer anyone in America.