Be Careful What You Wish For

by on March 30th, 2004

The 9-11 Commission has agreed to the terms set out by the White House for National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice’s public testimony and President Bush’s and Vice President Dick Cheney’s joint private testimony. The offers were on condition that such testimony not set precedent. Facing a possible public relations disaster, the White House finally allowed Rice to testify before the 9-11 Commission. Rice will testify in public and under oath.

This was the story from Metro Networks that greeted us all this morning. And as I thought more about this development regarding the 9-11 Commission, I’m amazed that Democrats not only allowed this to happen, but openly challenged Rice to testify.

Rice’s testimony will destroy any credibility the Dems may have thought they had after Richard Clarke’s turn in front of the Commission. Rice has been sharing her side of the story all week. In many instances, in the face of very tough questioning. Her facts are straight, her credibility is strong, her testimony will be powerful. Rice’s testimony will also be the last word the voting public will hear before the commission adjourns. And as we all know, the last word is often the best, and most remembered.

To make matters worse for Kerry and the Dems, all their harping about Condoleezza Rice not testifying has created a bit of a media circus. Rice’s testimony will be aired live with a buzz that none of the other bigwigs could generate. People will be watching, and Rice knows this. The President knows this. The Democrats wailing for Rice to testify obviously didn’t know this. Ms. Rice will be confident, businesslike, and her words, devastating for Democrats.

It should have never come to this. National Security Advisors have always been exempt from these types of investigations. Richard Clarke himself exempted himself in 1999. But now that the eggs have been broken, and the die cast. Dems need to brace themselves for the fire storm. A fire storm they brought upon themselves.

Like I said… be careful what you wish for, you may get it. And the Democrats just have.

Darren Copeland