Tom Davis leaves a cold trail, complains trail is cold.

By: Andrea Chamblee
Published On: 2/7/2007 1:25:31 AM

Tom Davis headed the Government Reform Committee since 1998. Despite allegations of torture, failure to provide adequate troop protective gear, waste, fraud, and missing packages of money called "footballs" used to "hand off," Davis issued no subpeonas and took almost no testimony on the issues related to the Iraq War.

Now that new Chairman Henry Waxman is holding a hearing, Davis is criticizing him for starting hearings so late. Then he undermined the Democrats newly established tip line.

Former committee chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., now the senior minority member ... criticized Waxman.

He said Waxman was rushing to "old judgments" in a hearing that was "old news."

Davis accused Democrats of using the hearing to try to embarrass the administration.

Davis, who had almost 9 years to establish a tip line while he was Chairman, then announced the Republicans would not cooperate with the new Oversight tip email. He had started his own email address, and did not offer to share information collected on it with the majority.

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More hearings to come (Andrea Chamblee - 2/7/2007 1:40:39 AM)
Cross posted at Beltway Progressive.

Be sure to follow the other upcoming hearings hosted by Waxman. He has a lot of catching up to do.

Head over to DailyKos (True Blue - 2/7/2007 6:51:20 PM)
There's a recommended diary about today's Waxman hearings about Blackwater.

Waxman apparently massacred Blackwater.

My prediction: two years of very bad news for the Republican Party.

While you're at DKos (Andrea Chamblee - 2/7/2007 10:59:22 PM)
recommend this one, too!

The Blackwater diary is here

Blackwater typo (Andrea Chamblee - 2/7/2007 11:00:24 PM)
The Blackwater diary is here

Tom Davis shenanigans makes Daily Show (Andrea Chamblee - 2/9/2007 1:24:15 AM)
Jon Stewart skewers Davis for establishing a duplicate tipline - on waste.

Jon Stewart is waiting for his invitation to Davis's meeting on repetitive redundency meeting.

It will be up on the Daily Show home page late Thurs nite/early Friday morning when the show completes.

Tom Davis and Waxman on Daily Show (Andrea Chamblee - 2/9/2007 10:03:11 AM)
Video 81959 (for posterity).

Congrats on a great diary (Catzmaw - 2/10/2007 12:24:43 AM)
and I have to say, the Jon Stewart video was about the funniest thing I've seen all week.  He nailed Davis to the wall.

Thanks AC--What's Happened to this Country? (PM - 2/9/2007 8:06:11 PM)
Compare this.  Sherman Adams was Eisenhower's chief of staff, the gatekeeper to the Oval Office.


"Adams was pressured to resign in 1958, when a House subcommittee revealed Adams had accepted an expensive vicuña overcoat and oriental rug from Bernard Goldfine, a Boston textile manufacturer who was being investigated for Federal Trade Commission violations. Goldfine, who had business with the Federal Government, was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to answer questions regarding his relationship with Adams." 

(Time Magazine covered the affair in detail, which can be seen at:

When one reads the Time account, it is hard to believe such a fuss was made over the transgressions.  Yet the powerful Adams resigned.

The amount of waste and corruption in the one Iraq transaction cited seems unreal.  Maybe that's the problem -- we can't grasp the enormity of the corruption, just as many in the public cannot seem to grasp the enormity of the evil that George Bush has done.

Compare what Richard Nixon did that ended in his resignation.

Congrats, Andrea, for keeping watch over Davis.  I think history will judge this Republican administration and its pawns like Davis most severely.