Democrats may use probes to force policy shifts (Farah Stockman, November 11, 2006, Boston Globe)
The new Democratic leaders in Congress are likely to move quickly to use their investigative powers as a key lever to force changes in the administration’s policies on the Iraq war and domestic spying, according to congressional staff members.
Despite the conciliatory language this week between the White House and the new leaders of Congress, Democrats expect to launch probes into the administration’s use of prewar intelligence on Iraq and its domestic wiretapping program and into Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force, current and former aides said.
At least they’re being honest enough with themselves to recognize that they can’t change policies via legislation, because they don’t have the votes. But why they think hearings will achieve anything is between them and their psychoses.