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Friday, May 13, 2005
Dusty Harry Steps In It...Again
by Cordeiro
When you're riding drag behind a herd of Democrat Jackasses, you're gonna step in some not-so-pleasant "leavings" every now and then.

Dusty Harry has been doing a lot of that lately.

Yesterday, Dusty Harry made the leap from unintelligible and misleading to unethical and quite possibly illegal.

National Review's Byron York details Dusty Harry's gaffe on the Senate Floor. He was decrying a W judicial nominee, namely Henry Saad - currently slated for a seat on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Said Dusty Harry:

Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway. He's one of those nominees. All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree there is a problem there.

The emphasis is there for a reason. Dusty Harry just referenced a raw FBI file which is, by all accounts, full of hearsay, innuendo, and anecdotal evidence. There's a reason those reports are confidential, Harry. And just in case you're wondering, even descriptions of the contents of the FBI reports are confidential. For those of you unfamiliar with the meaning of confidential - it means you don't talk about it, not even on the Senate Floor. As long as you're busy airing another man's laundry on the Senate Floor, Harry, do you mind giving me the chance to sift through your confidential FBI file? I wonder what I'd find out.

Dusty Harry has crossed a very bright line here. He should be censured, rebuked, and relieved of his leadership position. Republicans have been run out of Washington on a rail for less. What will the Senate Democrats do in response to this egregious breech of confidentiality?

Damn, those are loud crickets.

For the reader's reference:

Standing Rule of the Senate 29, Section 5: "Any Senator, officer, or employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business and proceedings of the committees, subcommittees, and offices of the Senate, shall be liable, if a Senator, to suffer expulsion from the body; and if an officer or employee, to dismissal from the service of the Senate, and to punishment for contempt."
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