Sure, it was a political "stunt" (what isn't in DC these days?), but it worked, didn't it? I was so happy, after several years in the political desert, to see the Democrats reach up and grab the GOP by the balls yesterday afternoon. Harry Reid's forcing of a closed-door session to discuss intelligence on the Iraq war pissed of the GOP leadership while forcing them to move the investigation along. Don't you just love Bill Frist and his "[i]t's an affront to our leadership." Good! Your leadership needed to be affronted, and earlier than this. Was it necessary to take such a drastic step? Apparently:
But Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, questioned Mr. Roberts's [GOP chair of the committee] commitment to the inquiry. He said that whenever the panel closed in on the sensitive question of administration handling of intelligence, "then all of a sudden an iron curtain comes down."
"I have to say in all honesty that I am troubled by what I see as a concerted effort by this administration to use its influence to limit, delay, to frustrate, to deny the Intelligence Committee's oversight work into the intelligence reporting and activities leading up to the invasion of Iraq," Mr. Rockefeller said.
You tell 'em, Jay!