“Last year, when he was running for re-election in Connecticut, Lieberman was a vocal critic of the administration’s handling of Katrina. He was especially dismayed by its failure to turn over key records that could have shed light on internal White House deliberations about the hurricane, including those involving President Bush,” but now things have changed, and “Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only Democrat to endorse President Bush’s new plan for Iraq, has quietly backed away from his pre-election demands that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating to its handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.”
Thanks, centrists! Not only is Lieberman going to back Bush’s crazy Iraq policy, but he’s so committed to Bush’s war plans that he’ll avoid making difficulties for Bush on any other front as well. What’s more, this is bigger than Katrina. One can expect any number of document requests to come from the new congress and the White House to try to resist compliance. Insofar as the nominally Democratic chairman of the Senate Government Oversight Committee supports the White House position that there’s no need to comply, this will be a powerful GOP-friendly argument in the press.