The Republicans in the House voted against the bill, and the House's Mr Integrity*, said of the Republicans:
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, scoffed, " 'Somebody hurt my feelings, so I will punish the country.' "
Fast forward to yesterday. Word came out in the press the Leon Panetta will be nominated to head the CIA by President-elect Obama. (Leave aside the considerations of whether this is a good choice, and why it was made, for now.) The Washington Post reports:
His lack of experience drew immediate questions, most notably from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who said she was not briefed on his selection and learned about it from news accounts.
"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA director," Feinstein, who in her new post will oversee his confirmation hearings, said in a statement. "My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."
Today, FoxNews is reporting (no link yet) that President-elect Obama and VP-elect Biden both called Senator Feinstein and apologized for not filling her in in advance, and now she is all hunky-dory with the choice.
So this was not really about Leon Panetta, or his experience. It was about Senator Feinstein's feelings being hurt.
We enjoy the show Burn Notice. A regular character, Sam, made a comment during the first episode that has been picked up and is now part of the introduction to the show each week:
You know spies; a bunch of bitchy little girls.
I guess you could say the same thing about the Senate.
(And no, this has nothing to do with Sen Feinstein's gender.)
* From Mo Rocca's blog:
[S]everal years ago [Congressman Barney Frank] answered a personal ad in the Washington Blade in which a male prostitute, Stephen Gobie, drew public attention to his "hot bottom" and "large endowment." Frank began to pay Gobie for sex and even invited Gobie to move in with him. When the arrangement soured, Gobie revealed to the press that he had been running a full-service prostitution ring out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment.