Oh, it is to laugh.
Trent "Front Porch" Lott, accusing the Democrats of "abusing the system"?
Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is threatening to punish Democrats for using an Appropriations Committee room for an unofficial hearing on Iraq oversight if it happens again.
“They better stop this,” the Mississippi Republican said. “This will be the last one or there will be retribution.”
Lott suggested that Republicans could hold GOP-only hearings or seek other forms of payback.
Pssst, Trent. What do you think the Republican-controlled Congress is doing right now if not abusing the system? The Republicans have been blocking legitimate requests for hearings on Iraq and its governance since it became abundantly clear that the war was a colossal clusterfuck and was going to come back to haunt the Republican party.
Remember the words of your overlord, Darth Cheney: "It's our due." Yeah, well guess what? THIS is your due:
But the mostly Democratic panel was not without Republican representation. Jones awoke at 5:45 a.m. in North Carolina, got in his car at 6:30 a.m. and made a nearly five-hour drive to the Capitol to participate in the hearing. Jones, who represents Camp Lejeune, voted to authorize the Iraq war but has criticized its execution.
“To me this is not politics, this is policy issues,” he said. “The party that demands the truth is the party that the public respects.”
In his opening statement, Jones quoted Rudyard Kipling: “If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.”