The 9-11 Commission Bill passes the House
With some help from victim's families who demanded that "something" be done and latched onto that something in form of the 9-11 Commission Bill, the 9-11 Commission has received what it wanted. The House passed their bill, 336-75. The biggest overhaul of the nations intelligence services in a half a century has been rushed through Congress with negligible debate, carrying the day on raw emotion.
Now the Senate has to pass it, and it will. Although the Senate has been referred to as the "deliberative body" of Congress, them just given lie to that appellation.
This "end to the impasse" began when Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-Virginia) changed his mind about the bill for which he had just voted, suddenly agreeing with House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-California) that certain language needed to be added to preserve chain-of-command. When a meaningless line was inserted, Warner said that he approved again. Hunter fell in line.
One could argue that Warner's "switch" to opposing the bill was intended to snare Hunter, who could then be easily led into favoring the bill when Warner said the little change satisfied him.
The losers are Hunter, James Sensenbrenner, President Bush, Speaker Hastert, the House GOP caucus, the Secretary of Defense, and the Pentagon.
The winners are the 9-11 Commission, House and Senate Democrats, and the rest of the ABB crowd.
Joe Wilson and Dick Clarke are still on the sidelines sucking their thumbs.