24 November 2004
A pain in the Istuchas
The flap over Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK 5) and his presumed amendment to that House spending bill continues to generate sub-flaps.
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) has been showing off a handwritten copy of the dubious amendment, asserting that it proves no Congressional Republican had anything to do with its inclusion.
Cam Edwards' sidekick Farrah, noting that Stevens says the measure had been cleared by senior Democratic staff, suspects a trap:
So that's how the provision was discovered by Senate Democrats so quickly! They knew what they were looking for, and they knew where to find it.
In light of this new information, I can't help but wonder if this was a set up by Congressional Democrats. Certainly Istook and the rest of the Congressional Republicans were sloppy and allowed this provision to be added without their knowledge. I hold them wholly responsible for missing this. But were Congressional Democrats banking on their sloppyness to set them up?
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has apologized to Rep. Istook.
Istook's own statement is here.