I’ve come to the conclusion that Dana Milbank is an acquired taste.
I’m aware that many in the blogosphere resent the fun he made of the attempt by Michigan Representative John Conyers to hold a hearing on the Downing Street Memo fiasco. I understand why. It was a hit piece. The deal is, it seems to me, that’s what Milbank does. He ridicules. And you gotta admit it’s fun when you’re not the one being ridiculed.
Moderates were raging. Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) took the microphone. “They know very well what our position is, and it won’t change,” he said of party leaders.
Back at the Capitol, the Republican leaders were still predicting passage of the budget cuts by day’s end. “I haven’t been told otherwise,” a leadership spokesman said.
That was at 3 p.m. By 3:30, he had been told otherwise: Republican leaders called an impromptu news conference outside House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s office.
Majority Leader Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) played quality-control manager. “The product we had today wasn’t quite where we needed to be,” he said. Besides, he added, “West Coast members have to make planes.”
Joining them but saying not a word was Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), who once maintained lockstep discipline in the House but was returned to the backbenches by an indictment.