You know, it’s funny how things in politics play themselves out. Just two days ago, in Reaction And Response To Day Of Action, I wrote (and even put in bold!) in regards to a Bush impeachment over the wiretapping controversy: “Let’s investigate and find out the truth first.”
Lo and behold, two days later and the New York Times has a headline story about how Congress will not be investigating the Bush wiretapping. The story “G.O.P. Senators Say Accord Is Set on Wiretapping” can be found here. Here is the key passage:
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. The two, both Republicans, had threatened to support a fuller inquiry if the White House did not disclose more about the program to Congress.
Great. So now instead of having a Congressional investigation to dig deeper into the truth behind the Bush wiretapping (like who he spied on, and when, and how, etc.) we’re going to have… nothing. Let’s just close our eyes and put our hands over our ears and say LA LA LA LA LA LA, NOTHING IS WRONG AND I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING…
Seriously. This deal is basically like saying, “Something really disturbing just happened, but I don’t want to know what it is; I’m just going to hide in my room and cover my ears and pretend like everything is lolly dandy.” What the hell? By killing a Congressional investigation, Congress has just abdicated its duty to get to the bottom of what happened and exercise oversight over the executive branch on the behalf of the American people. No wonder Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) said, “The [Senate Intelligence] committee is, to put it bluntly, basically under the control of the White House.” He said it nicely. Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans are clearly doing the bidding of the White House and covering President Bush’s dirty ass.
By the way, I feel compelled to point out the two dastardly Republicans who allowed this to happen. They’re normally considered “moderates”, but they’ve proven themselves with this case to be loyal subordinates to the Bush White House when push comes to shove.
Senator Charles T. “Chuck” Hagel (R-Neb.), who is both up for reelection and running for President in 2008. (Source: Wikipedia)
Senator Olympia J.B. Snowe (R-Me.), who is up for reelection this year but is slated to win by huge margins. (Source: Wikipedia)
It’s funny that these two Republicans happened to be the executors of the deal because they’re usually mentioned as nice “moderates”, and even Democrats (the not-so-partisan ones, it seems) say they’d vote for them, and talk about how upright, moral, honest, yaddi yadda they are. Pssh. This, if nothing else, shows that while they make a show of being moderate and might think and vote with the Democrats from time to time, when the national Republicans need them, they quietly and obediently do their bidding. Unfortunately, both are quite popular in their respective states.
Interestingly, it seems like our best ally at the moment is Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) who has called for an investigation in the past and continues to seek information and press for a court ruling on the matter.
Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), an entrenched incumbent who is up for reelection in 2010. (Source: Wikipedia)
<sigh> You know what the only thing to do is? We Democrats have to take back the House and the Senate this year. Then we can have our investigation.