No Surprises for Rice

“Lugar Offers Rice a Head Start: Condoleezza Rice should expect few surprises when she faces the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jan. 18 and 19 for confirmation hearings on her nomination to be secretary of state. Committee Chairman Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and other GOP members have agreed to submit in advance the questions they plan to ask her, a decision some Democrats find surprising.

Lugar will give Rice the questions he plans to ask orally because he feels she should be fully prepared to answer without delay, said Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher said. ‘This is not a pop quiz,’ he said.” (Washington Post)

Our government becomes more and more an outlandish caricature of a ludicrous semblance of a contemptible simulacrum of democratic process. [Sorry, I seem to be compelled to use the same adjectives over and over again. Probably the only one in the previous sentence that doesn’t really apply is ‘democratic’…]