The Constitution takes a new hit

Truthout
by Ray McGovern

12/07/06

At Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Gates to be secretary of defense, I felt as though I were paying last respects to the Constitution of the United States. ... It was a sorry spectacle Tuesday, as pretentious, patrician manners trumped courage and vitiated the advise-and-consent prerogative carefully honed by the framers of our Constitution for the Senate. ... antiwar activists told me before the hearing began that they had come prepared with a chant: You won the elections. Now ask real questions! I later learned that the activists left after only an hour, unable to stomach the courtly fawning, as troops and Iraqi civilians get blown up in Baghdad...

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