The Democrats just hijacked the senate. With no warning, Harry Reid just called for a closed session to investigate the alledged politicization of pre-war intelligence and the indictment of Libby. The motion was seconded and everyone not allowed to participate was kicked out. No staffers, cameras, blackberries, or prying eyes.
Frist is livid and said it was unprecedented to do this without consulting the other party first. CNN, of course, pointed out it was also unprecedented for Frist to campaign against the former Democratic Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, last year. Yeah, but that enabled Harry Reid to get the position. I guess Harry's not very grateful.
The Democrats are frustrated because the Plame leak investigation didn't give them nearly what they wanted. In fact it gave them almost nothing at all and if Libby goes to trial, that won't be about Iraq either. The Democrats have no power and I doubt pulling stunts like this today will help them get any either.
The Democrats want everything investigated with committees. Doesn't matter what as long as it can be investigated. But the majority party controls what does and does not get investigated, which is smart because it keeps the party out of power from keeping Congress so busy with investigations it can't get its work done. So, not enough investigations? Hijack the Senate!
If you don't have any ideas and agenda of your own, all that's left is to block the ruling party from getting its own agenda through.
Okay, this hijacking is about 2003-2004 issues, which were settled politically in Novemeber, 2004. Do you really really really want to live that election over again?
I didn't think so.
When this tactic fails for the Democrats, as it will, I guess they'll have to go to option B: the Fillibuster.