Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Today's Glenn Greenwald
Since I slammed Glenn Greenwald the other day I figure I'll cheer him for his post today on how the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee caved in.
But by and large, what happened yesterday with Gen. Hayden's nomination is exactly what would have happened in 2002 and 2003. Democrats are afraid to challenge the President due to their fear -- always due to their fear -- that they will be depicted as mean, obstructionist and weak on national security. And so, even with an unbelievable weakened President, and even with regard to the most consequential issues -- and can one doubt that installing Gen. Hayden as CIA Director is consequential? -- Democrats back away from fights, take no clear position, divide against each other, and stand up for exactly nothing.
Sad but incredibly true.
The other day I started a post about how Democratic Senators were so confused about the different NSA programs, as reported on at The New York Times and USA Today, that they botched the Hayden hearing...but, unfortunately, I've been busy working on something for Raw Story so I haven't been able to finish it. Maybe next week it will be blog-ready (something else I didn't get to finish was a post that shows how clueless the authors of a controversial book about Barry Bonds are about his stats...but that will definitely be posted when done).