I also am surprised that Kerrey stooped to the level of political grandstanding that he did, and I forgot to mention the most irksome (other any of the seeping idiocy that oozed from Ben Veniste) part of the Rice testimony:
KERREY: Let me move to another area.
RICE: May I finish answering your question though because this is an important point.
KERREY: I know it’s important. Everything that’s going on here is important but I’ve got 10 minutes.
RICE: But since we have a point of disagreement I’d like to have a chance to address it.
KERREY: Actually, we have many points of disagreement, Dr. Clarke. We’ll have a chance to do in closed session. You can’t – please don’t filibuster me. It’s not fair. It is not fair. I have been polite. I have been courteous. It is not fair to me. I understand that we have a disagreement.
RICE: Commissioner, commissioner, I am here to answer questions. And you’ve asked me a question.
Silly Ms. Rice. You aren’t here to answer questions- you are here for election year political posturing.
I never thought my opinion of Democrats could get lower, but they always manage to out-do themselves.
*** Update ***
Jeff Goldstein offers up this nugget:
The most interesting fact about yesterday’s Condolezza Rice testimony before the 9/11 commission? Of the 25000 or so words exchanged, Ms. Rice — whom the commission insisted needed to testify publically lest Truth be throttled — spoke only 15000 of those words, or sixty percent. The other forty percent of the time, television audiences were treated to Bob Kerrey throwing a salty, context-challenged testosterfit, or to Richard Ben Veniste attempting to play headline gotcha like some bitter, nerdy hall monitor avenging a G. Gordon Liddy wedgie.