They Run Like The Cowards They Are

Let there be no doubt. When confronted, stood up to, forced to answer for their actions, these people have nothing:

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the panel, abruptly gaveled the meeting to an end and walked out, followed by other Republicans. Sensenbrenner declared that much of the testimony, which veered into debate over the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, was irrelevant.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., protested, raising his voice as his microphone went off, came back on, and went off again.

“We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it,” he said.

Democrats asked for the hearing, the 11th the committee has held on the act since April, saying past hearings had been too slanted toward witnesses who supported the law. The four witnesses were from groups, including Amnesty International USA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, that have questioned the constitutionality of some aspects of the act, which allows law enforcement greater authority to investigate suspected terrorists.

Sensenbrenner’s lost it. Now he thinks he’s the arbiter of what is and is not relevant? These people really think they’re above the law, and any question at all makes them cry like little children.

I’d like somebody to ask Sensenbrenner why he can’t handle answering a few simple questions when men and women are dying in Iraq. Why is that too much to ask of him?

Why are Republicans too fragile to handle a little scrutiny? Is that really the kind of conduct we need from the party leading a nation at war?

A.