From TPM -- This Is Entertaining:
Susan Collins is on MSNBC right now trying to justify her earlier criticisms of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's interrogation after new information has emerged suggesting that putting him through the Court system has actually revealed quite good intelligence. Now she's upset that the right intelligence officials weren't consulted. She's truly an embarrassment.
Andrea Mitchell just hosted Sen. Susan Collins, who has taken the lead on Republican attacks against the Justice Department for reading Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights and providing him with a lawyer. And Mitchell was not her usual self – she was actually willing to challenge Collins’ false claims, and provide the context that Abdulmutallab is now cooperating after members of his family were brought in to earn trust.
It’s fun to see the Republicans run aground on their talking points today. They don’t even have them straight. Later in the show, Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said that the Administration did the right thing by asking the family to help get Abdulmutallab to talk, and claimed that this proved he was right all along, and they should have done more than 50 minutes of interrogation initially. I have no idea what that means. Should the US have immediately teleported over Abdulmutallab’s entire family moments after the Christmas bombing attempt?
Maybe they’ll realize that life isn’t 24. But I doubt it.
And more from The Wonk Room -- Facts Get In The Way Of Conservatives’ Abdulmuttalab Scare Story.
Andrea Mitchell looked like she almost remembered how to be a reporter again today with this interview of Collins. And Collins is supposed to be a moderate. If this is what you call moderate, what's an extremist?