Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Give 'em Hell, Harry!

I guess a kick in the pants feels like a slap in the face if you're Bill Frist. But if you've become accustomed to Democrats rolling over at the slightest breeze it must come as a shock when all it takes are good old fashioned rules and the truth to call you to account. Harry Reid invoked little-used Rule 21 to force the Senate into closed session on Tuesday, but not before publicly blistering the Republicans with a laundry list of derelictions of duty:
Unfortunately the unwillingness of the Republican-controlled Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities is not limited to just Iraq. We see it with respect to the prisoner abuse scandal. We see it with respect to Katrina. And we see it with respect to the cronyism and corruption that permeates this Administration.
Even Lou Dobbs can read the manual:
Ed, a couple of points if I may. One, you suggested the Senate melted down today. There are those who would argue that the Senate began doing its job today.
As that other Harry put it, "just give 'em the truth, and they'll think it's hell."