August, 4th 2007


– Liz Mair

Last night, I went to see the Bourne Ultimatum (note: for those of you who liked Bourne I and II, this one is worth seeing, but if you felt that II was a downer, you may feel the same about this one.. anyway). I guess while I sat at the cinema, our Representatives were engaged in roughly the same amount of action and violent combat as Matt Damon...

The House last night unanimously agreed to create a special select committee, with subpoena powers, to investigate Republican allegations that Democratic leaders had stolen a victory from the House GOP on a parliamentary vote late Thursday night.

The move capped a remarkable day that started with Republicans marching out of the House in protest near midnight Thursday, was punctuated by partisan bickering, and ended with Democratic hopes for a final legislative rush fading. Even a temporary blackout of the House chamber's vote tally board led to suspicions and accusations of skullduggery.


The agreement to form a special committee was extraordinary. Such powerful investigative committees are usually reserved for issues such as the Watergate scandal and the funneling of profits from Iranian arms sales to the Nicaraguan contras in the 1980s.


Nancy Pelosi's view (which I'll mention right now I find odious)? "They've just been deluged by the success of the Democrats on behalf of the American people." Right. When there are allegations of cheating (literally, Patrick McHenry called the Dems cheaters on the House floor), it's really all about how successful Democrats have been. Particularly when by one measure, only 3% of the American public are happy with the Dems on the key issue of the day.

Deluged. By. The. Success. Of. The. Democrats.

I always knew that the extreme left of Pelosi's ilk had an upside-down way of looking at the world, but bloody hell...


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