Critics on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, only two of whom — Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California — voted against Condoleezza Rice's confirmation.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who lost the November presidential election to Bush, complained that Rice's testimony merely "predicts more of the same" while Barbara Boxer of California called it "a continuing assault on reality."
"Regrettably, I did not see in Dr. Rice's testimony any acknowledgment of the need to change course or of a new vision for America's role in the world," Kerry said. (THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION SUGGEST THAT IS THE CASE AND SHOULD BE THE CASE, FEW CARE WHAT YOU THINK, JOHN)
"I do think she has the president's ear," said Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, the panel's ranking minority member. "And I hope she's willing to take on some of the neoconservative notions in this administration." (NEOCONSERVATIVES? GET A GRIP JOE, YOU SPITEFUL, HATEFUL MAN)
Biden added that it was worthless to listen to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on this subject because "he doesn't know what in the hell he's talking about on this." (JOE, YOU ARE FROM DELWARE AND IN DUPONT'S POCKET, NO ONE CARES, YOUR GUY LOST, GET SOME THERAPY AND AT LEAST BE RESPECTFUL, I KNOW THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU, SORRY)
"I feel, and I know not everyone agrees with me," Boxer said, "that this war and all of these horrific deaths and the wounded and all of that, is a direct result of not leveling with the American people." (SHE IS FROM CALIFORNIA, SO NOT BEING FROM THE REAL WORLD, WE WILL CUT HER SOME SLACK - THIS TIME. WHAT ABOUT SISTER SOLIDARITY WOMAN?)
Underscoring the Democrats' dissatisfaction, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia (FORMER KKK MEMBER), an outspoken critic of the decision to go to war, announced late in the day that he would not allow the Senate to approve Rice without a few days of consideration of her lengthy testimony. (HE's NOT READY FOR A BLACK WOMAN, BUT THAT'S OK, HE'LL BE DEAD SOON)
White House chief of staff Andrew Card said Thursday the Democrats' decision to delay her confirmation smacked of "petty politics." (YOU THINK, ANDY?)