The Rude Pundit, in his typically rough style, lays it out for the Democrats who continue to provide cover for the Bushies (in this case, on the Rice confirmation):
Of course, since every Democrat on the committee opened his or her remarks with some variation on "Of course, you're going to be confirmed," much like in the Alberto Gonzales "hearing," the uselessness of the questioning was just this side of pathetic. With confirmation-denial off the table, why in the world would Rice bother fully answering a question? It's like a cop telling a dope dealer, "You're gonna walk out of here today, but tell us who your supplier is."
Democrats will never get respect until they earn respect. Boxer and Kerry earned it by voting no. The rest are still this administration's bitches.