When Harry Reid closed the Senate to the public yesterday my first thought was "I guess they're going to put Libby on double secret probation." After all, invocation of Senate Rule 21 is generally done with the consent of both parties and Frist might theoretically have offered Reid the opportunity to grab one more closing headline. Instead, showing the Dems almost comical ability to continue to drill holes in the hull of their sinking ship in order to let the water out more quickly, Reid desperately tried to call attention to a report that would already be in the public record but for his own party's intransigence. Senator Pat Roberts has to be more than a little miffed at Reid's stunt and will hopefully shove the Phase II report down the Dem's throat in the very near future.
So, how did Reid's ploy turn out? Did he give another day's existence to a story that's been on life support for months? If we take a look at Max Boot's article in the LAT or Jonah Goldberg's piece at Town Hall we might reach the conclusion that Reid's action did not have precisely the desired result. For some reason, every time the Dems drill another hole, even more water rushes into boat. Given that the gunwhales are within an inch of the waterline today, that will soon change. Drilling holes in the hull will soon have no effect on the water level within the Democratic ship whatsoever.