Seven minutes in heaven with the Senate

Drama on the Senate floor! The Democrats finally score one off the Republicans, taking them by surprise (and somewhat by force) in demanding a closed-door meeting of the Senate in order to take the Bush Administration to taks for the intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq.

The Republicans are outraged! Bill Frist says the Dems have “no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas”! (They also have no idea how to effectively dump stock in a hurtin’ family corporation, but that’s another story). Trent Lott said that the move violated the Senate tradition of courtesy and consent! Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts hid in the back of the Senate chamber, or maybe just wanted to get closer to Frist! Consider the following:

In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. The public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, and the doors were closed.

Is it me or does that remind you of the kind of movie where the hot, burly plumber arrives to “fix a leak”? No? So I’m alone in finding the Senate mildly frisky? All right, then. You people are made of stone.

(Sorry, we’re clearly channelling CBS’John D. Roberts)

Democrats Force Senate Into Iraq Meeting [AP via Salon]