The farce continues, part 2

Last night in “The farce continues” John Hinderaker wrote about the interrogation of Cheney chief of staff David Addington by Rep. William Delahunt (D, Mass.). In the course of the hearing at which Addington appeared, Rep. Delahunt said to Addington that, with C-SPAN’s broadcast of the hearing: “I’m sure they [al Qaeda] are watching, and I’m glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington, given your penchant for being unobtrusive.”

Following the hearing, Delahunt denied the natural import of his words. Delahunt claimed that “under no circumstances” was he implying during the hearing that Al Qaeda may target Addington. “That’s absurd. That was not my intent,” he told FOX News. “And I’m sure Mr. Addington knows that was not my intent.” The FOX news story adds:

Delahunt said he was just trying to express that he was glad to see Addington. Delahunt said he recalls saying “I,” not “they,” during the testimony – though the video, broadcast on C-SPAN, shows he was talking about Al Qaeda.

Thus John Hinderaker’s rather more forthright comment: “In a sane world, this would be a scandal that would call into question whether any member of Delahunt’s party should be elected to Congress in November.”

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