The Real Pat Roberts Returns

This morning, the New York Times reported that Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was breaking ranks with the White House and demanding that Bush’s domestic surveillance program be overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court:

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Friday that he wanted the Bush administration’s domestic eavesdropping program brought under the authority of a special intelligence court, a move President Bush has argued is not necessary.

He stuck by his guns for less than 24-hours. From the AP:

[Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority staff director, Bill Duhnke] Duhnke said Roberts is looking at changes within the federal law but not necessarily involving the approval of the court.


“The senator remains open to a number of legislative and oversight options,” Duhnke said Saturday.

That sounds more like the Pat Roberts we’ve come to know.