WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 – House Republican leaders blocked and appeared to kill a bill Saturday that would have enacted the major recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission, refusing to allow a vote on the legislation despite last-minute pleas from both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to Republican lawmakers for a compromise before Congress adjourned for the year.
The decision to block a vote on the landmark bill, which would have created the job of a cabinet-level national intelligence director to oversee the C.I.A. and the government’s other spy agencies, came after what lawmakers from both parties described as a near-rebellion by a core of highly conservative House Republicans aligned with the Pentagon who were emboldened to stand up to their leadership and to the White House.
Oh. Great. A bunch of “highly conservative House Republicans” wants to show the American people their balls by putting the American people in DANGER! Wonderful, guys, wonderful! Let us all remember: the Republicans love ALL of us.
Actually, that’s unfair to moderate Republicans who supported the bill, including Susan Collins from Maine.
Remember that Republican civil war everyone’s been talking about? What with this, that whole mess over Specter’s confirmation, and Tom DeLay’s recent “oh, the rules don’t need to apply to me, and if they do, I can change the rules” crap, I think it is safe to say that the war has begun.