Chris Shays’ idea of oversight.

Dana Milbank writes that Rep. Christopher “Shays’s (R-CT) vigorous defense of the administration in odd-numbered years is emblematic of the solid Republican support Bush has relied on to thwart the efforts of Democrats to limit the war.” He highlights this exchange between Shays and Condoleezza Rice at yesterday’s hearing:

As for Rice’s refusal to answer questions, Shays said, “I’m happy that you have resisted.” …And when the hearing finally ended, he hurried to intercept Rice and gave her a hug. The secretary clasped his hand tenderly as she departed.

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