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Cred And Circuses: Some Not So Deep Thoughts On The Hearing

Have been watching the Patraeus and Crocker hearings all morning.  And a few thoughts have sprung to mind:

— Did McCain mix up Shi’ia and Sunni again?  Watch the tape and see what you think.  Spencer says yes, and provides a transcript as well.  Ineptitude — or on purpose obfuscation?  You decide.

— Why does 6 minutes of questioning by Joe Lieberman seem like an eternity?  Perhaps because his questions consist of "booga booga booga  terra terra Iran Iran IRAN booga booga" with a periodic pause for finger-wagging smugness directed at critics of any portion of our policies in the region. 

— Which leads to this question:  why on earth is Lieberman given early or any rotation time on the Dem side of the aisle?   Especially since, as Tom Ricks points out, the Dems on the committee seem to universally loathe him?

—  Sen. Warner, edging closer to retirement, is none too pleased with the equivocation this morning.  As the morning moves forward, look for him to lose his temper if that doesn’t change.

— Which Huckleberry Graham will show up today — the one who got pissy at the last hearing with witnesses, or the finger-wagging follow-up to Joe Lieberman’s support crew for the McCain campaign?  Stay tuned, but I’m thinking it will be a carefully crafted mix to sustain his "I’m a seemingly independent Bush Administration toadying the line McCainiac" image.  Anyone have seconds on those ribs?

— Jeff Sessions?  Still has an annoying, nasal voice which is wholly unconvincing in its ass-kissery.  Make it stop.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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