Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Pulling the Plug

From the Washington Post:

Congress appeared ready to launch an investigation into the Bush administration’s warrantless domestic surveillance program last week, but an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort and may kill it, key Republican and Democratic sources said yesterday.


They attributed the shift to last week’s closed briefings given by top administration officials to the full House and Senate intelligence committees, and to private appeals to wavering GOP senators by officials, including Vice President Cheney. “It’s been a full-court press,” said a top Senate Republican aide who asked to speak only on background — as did several others for this story — because of the classified nature of the intelligence committees’ work.

Perhaps they’ve seen what can happen when Congress conducts oversight of the activities of the government on such things as Hurricane Katrina — in other words, do their job — and it makes the administration look incompetent. Not like they need any help from Congress to do that; they’ve proved themselves to be very efficient at that on their own.

Update: There’s no truth to the rumor that Vice President Cheney brought a shotgun to the meetings.