…we’d get a White House that would flip-flop and never stick to a course of action if it made them look bad. They were right. I voted for Kerry, and the White House is suddenly changing course on something that makes them look bad.
After weeks of insisting it would not reveal details of its domestic eavesdropping, the White House reversed course Wednesday and provided a House committee with highly classified information about the program.
The White House has been under heavy pressure from lawmakers who wanted more information about the National Security Agency’s monitoring. Democrats and many Republicans rejected the administration’s implicit suggestion that they could not be trusted with national security secrets.
The shift came after Rep. Heather Wilson (news, bio, voting record), R-N.M., chairwoman of a House Intelligence Committee subcommittee, broke with the Bush administration and called for a full review of the NSA’s program, along with legislative action to update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
“I think we’ve had a tremendous impact today,” Wilson said at a news conference as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Gen. Michael Hayden, the nation’s No. 2 intelligence official, briefed the House panel on technical and tactical intelligence.
You don’t suppose one of the other reasons they might have reversed course is because they took into account that Rep. Wilson is in a tight re-election race in New Mexico and the wiretapping story was making her run even harder? Oh, perish the thought that the White House would ever do anything that involves national security for purely political reasons…