From The Washington Post:
It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement all of the recommendations of the bipartisan commission that examined the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
But with control of Congress now secured, Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation’s intelligence agencies. Instead, Democratic leaders may create a panel to look at the issue and produce recommendations, according to congressional aides and lawmakers.
Conservative bloggers haven’t let this “little slip” pass by unnoticed…
Pejman at Red State notes that it seems bizarre that the Dems would swear up and down about fully implementing these recommendations and then not do it… until you realize that part of the recommendations include Congressional reorganization.
Tim Chapman has a comparison of Harry Reid’s comments then and now.
Jim Geraghty says that the Dems were seemingly on a roll until dropping the ball with this issue.
Even this NYTimes editorial shows disappointment with such inaction by the Dems:
Now that they can taste power again, however, the victors seem to be having second thoughts. Instead of attempting wholesale committee reform in the first weeks of Congress, Democratic leaders may punt the idea toward oblivion in some sort of a study panel, according to The Washington Post. Nothing could be more disappointing to voters.
Below is a Nancy Pelosi quote from before the election that sheds some light why some folks are up in arms over this “picking and choosing” over full implementation of the recommendations:
“Republicans’ misplaced priorities mean America is not as safe it should be. Democrats have a new direction for the American people — one that will fully implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and make the security of the American people a top priority.” –USNewswire
This doesn’t bode well for earmark reform…