Russert is worried Democrats will hold investigations
I think Tim's style of digging up old stories to make politicians explain themselves is effective at times and he can do a good job occasionally, but after attacking John Conyers yesterday, Russert goes here:
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MR. RUSSERT: But the impression, Congresswoman, is that the Democrats take control of Congress it’s payback. They’re going to have the subpoena power...
REP. PELOSI: No. That’s not the case.
MR. RUSSERT: ...and there’s going to be investigation...
REP. PELOSI: Well, that’s wrong. Well, we will have subpoena power.
MR. RUSSERT:..after investigation. You will have subpoena power.
REP. PELOSI: We will have subpoena power, and that's why the Republicans are so afraid that we will be able to show the public how they arrived at a prescription drug bill that is born of corruption. The cost of corruption is, is huge to the consumer, whether it’s a sen—middle-income seniors paying more at the pharmacy, whether it's the—all American consumers paying more at the pump, or home heating oil. How did we get to this place? Those—that is worthy of scrutiny. It’s not—investigation does not equate to impeachment. Investigation is the requirement of Congress. It’s about checks and balances.
The "impression" Russert brings up is Mehlman's key strategy to get out the vote come November. As Kos points out, Ken is very worried at this point. With Bush's latest poll at a 31 %, it seems that only the base which seems to have Russert's ear are worried that there will actually be some oversight of this administration if the Democrats get subpoena power, but Russert frames it as "payback." Very good GOP shilling I must say.
Tim also uses an AP report to attack Harry Reid that mcjoan already debunked.