Maybe it’s silly to assign a deeper meaning to the bizarre walkout by most of the Republican Congressional delegation when plain perversity could cover it. But if I had to guess about some strategic plan at work here, my bet would be that a lot of Republicans don’t want to go on record in support people who unambiguously broke the law. If I was a constituent of any of those 29 nay voters I sure as hell would make a habit of calling his/her office to ask what kind of subpoenas it’s ok for me to flout.
Heck, it wasn’t that long ago that legal troubles plaguing Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Randall “Duke” Cunningham,
Tom Foley Mark Foley [ha ha, wrong millennium. -ed.] and an amazingly long list of other corrupticons kicked the GOP in the electoral nuts. It can be hard to shed a reputation for countenancing lawbreaking if you turn around and countenance lawbreaking some more.
…and they all came back in time for the next vote. It sure seems like they have a lot of faith in Harriet Miers’s legal chances, doesn’t it?