- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 26, 2001

Noble: Senate Republicans for turning in a memorial performance on a day that will last in grand old infamy.
Even as Sen. Jeffords was flying back from Vermont after a sneak attack of Pearl Harbor proportions on his Republican colleagues, they refused to be shell-shocked, even though they were outgunned and outnumbered.
Republicans rammed through the confirmation of Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, despite repeated Democratic attempts to shoot down his character and torpedo his nomination. At his new post, Mr. Olson will help to steer the course of government litigation in the Supreme Court, and he will often marshall arguments before the justices.
Republicans also deserve five stars for shooting the largest tax cut in a generation through the Senate. Perhaps because the bill was finally forged through an explosive set of compromises, it rocketed through on its final vote. Yet fusillades of smoky Democratic rhetoric should not obscure a major Republican victory, for again and again, Republicans stood together against unceasing Democratic assaults. The resulting landmines against government excesses mean that Democrats may no longer charge taxpayers at will.

Knaves: The new Democratic committee chairmen.
Thanks to Sen. Jeffords stark act of astonishing betrayal, here are the expected Democratic committee chairmen:
Appropriations: Sen. Robert Byrd
Armed Services: Sen. Carl Levin
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: Sen. Paul Sarbanes
Budget: Sen. Kent Conrad
Commerce, Science and Transportation: Sen. Ernest Hollings
Energy and Natural Resources: Sen. Jeff Bingaman
Environment and Public Works: Sen. Harry Reid
Finance: Sen. Max Baucus
Foreign Relations: Sen. Joseph Biden
Government Affairs: Sen. Joseph Lieberman
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Sen. Edward Kennedy
Judiciary: Sen. Patrick Leahy
Rules and Administration: Sen. Christopher Dodd
Small Business: Sen. John Kerrey
Veterans Affairs: Sen. John Rockefeller
Indian Affairs: Sen. Daniel Inouye
Select Committee on Ethics: Sen. Harry Reid
Select Committee on Intelligence: Sen. Bob Graham
Special Committee on Aging: Sen. John Breaux
As for Mr. Jeffords, he has has been offered some of the Senate committees plum assignments. Presumably, incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle still needs to decide on how best to award Mr. Jeffords his 30 pieces of silver.


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