Well, I was all set to go after Code Pink and its minions, the people who theoretically run Congress, but my colleague Jim Addison beat me to it. (I’ll deal with YOU later, Addison…) He did a pretty good job of summing it up, but I want to add a few thoughts of my own.
First up, as Jim and Dafydd ab Hugh have noted, Code Pink’s repeated disruptions of congressional hearings and proceedings can not have continued as long as they have without at least the tacit support of congressional leadership. When a Code Pink dipshit can get within a couple of feet of the Secretary of State in full Pink regalia and mock blood on her hands inside a Congressional hearing chamber, Occam’s Razor goes out the window. I’m a big believer in “never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity,” but not even Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the Capitol Police can be that stupid, that inept, that incompetent.
My first idea was for the White House to send the Secret Service along to provide security for any administration officials going up on Capitol Hill, but there’s a problem. Congress has near-absolute sovereignty (remember the dustup when the FBI raided the office of Congressman William Jefferson
Clinton) (damn, I thought I had that key fixed…), and the Capitol Police are the only authorized law-enforcement body on the grounds of Congress. The Secret Service would have to obtain special permission to perform its duties there.
Jim Addison’s solution, though, seems better. Simply inform Congress that, in light of all the repeated breaches of security — the most recent one placing the Secretary Of State, the fourth person in the line of presidential succession (behind the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate), in physical danger — from now on, all high-ranking officials will only testify before Congress in an Executive Branch-protected venue or by video link.