Permanent Minority.

After the terrorist attack in London, no top Democrat pointed out how the event calls into question George W. Bush’s “fight the terrorists in Iraq” strategy. The New York Times noted that “elected Democrats are unlikely to cite the London bombings to fault the White House” for its misguided policies and dishonest rationale for war.

Toward the Majority.

Keeping the heat on re Karl Rove’s leak of Valerie Plame’s CIA status: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, led by Representative John Tierney, joined in sending a letter to Bush demanding he revoke Rove’s security clearance. Democratic senators forced a vote on revoking Rove’s clearance, putting Republicans on record as willing to protect someone under federal investigation for breaking national security laws.