Also, Hawkins opines on yesterday's closed session buffoonery:
It's easy to see what happened here.
For the last few months, things have been going the Democrats' way. Bush's poll numbers have been steadily declining, the Plamegate investigation produced endless speculation, conservatives have been getting increasingly frustrated, and then, to top it all off, conservatives got into a big brawl over Harriet Miers.
All of these developments seemed so thrilling, so exciting, so wonderful to the Democrats! They were fantasizing about Cheney and Rove being frogmarched off to jail and a conservative crack-up that would allow the Democrats to get back in power next year.
But then, over the last few days, the Democrats got 3 rude, rapid-fire shocks.
First, Bush stopped the conservative infighting by pulling the Harriet Miers nomination. Next, the Fitzgerald investigation turned out to be more of a repeat of the Martha Stewart case than another Watergate. Then, to top it all off, George Bush nominated Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court on Monday, which really united and fired-up Republicans for the first time since November of 2004. Also keep in mind that you've got Republicans in the House and Senate working on spending cuts, economic growth is still strong, and the Iraqis just recently approved their Constitution.
So, by having this little tantrum, the Democrats were hoping to stop the GOP's momentum. In effect, what they were saying was: "You think the Republicans have been doing pretty well over the last week or so? Well, all eyes on us and let us show you what we can do!"
And what did they have to offer?
More of the same old, same old that they've been talking about for years. "We don't like Bush! Democrats made mistakes when they said there were WMD's in Iraq, but Bush lied. Somebody in the White House has been charged with a crime. Blah, blah, blah."
It's like they sat down and tried to come up with a way to validate some of the worst stereotypes about the Democratic Party. "Well, they say that we're nothing but "unrepublicans" who have no ideas to make America a better place so let's prove them right by shutting down the Senate in order to complain about Bush again! That'll show 'em!"
As bad as the Republican Party up in Washington has been over the last year, at least there are signs that they're starting to turn it around. At least they do something other than sit around and carp about Harry Reid and Company all day long.
In my book, that puts them way ahead of the Democrats, who have gone from being the "Mommy Party" to the "highchair party." Maybe the "Daddy Party" isn't perfect, but it's good to know that there's at least one group of self-respecting adults up in Washington still trying, albeit imperfectly, to take care of the people's business.