Healthy de­bate

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Democrats have ap­par­ently re­al­ized both the vis­i­bil­ity and ef­fect of the U.S. Se­nate’s first-ever com­mit­tee blog, started by the in­com­ing Repub­li­can mi­nor­ity last De­cem­ber.

Cre­ated by the rank­ing staff of the En­vi­ron­ment & Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee (EPW), the blog has made so many waves since its in­cep­tion, par­tic­u­larly on the sub­ject of “global warm­ing,” that it has be­come a ba­sis for de­bate ev­ery­where from CNN to the pages of the Wall Street Jour­nal.

“Now, the EPW Com­mit­tee makes his­tory again, this time for be­ing the first Se­nate com­mit­tee to fea­ture du­el­ing Repub­li­can and Demo­crat blogs,” says Marc Mo­rano, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for the com­mit­tee’s rank­ing Repub­li­can mem­ber, Sen. James M. In­hofe of Oklahoma.

For her blog­ging de­but, the Demo­cratic com­mit­tee chair­woman, Sen. Bar­bara Boxer of Cal­i­for­nia, writes about Green­land’s melt­ing ice. Or is it get­ting thicker? You’ll now dis­cover ar­gu­ments on both sides in the com­mit­tee Web site at http://epw.se­nate.gov/[R]pub­lic/.

“For the past seven months, we [. . . ] have ea­gerly awaited our friends on the other side of the aisle join­ing us in the bl­o­go­sphere,” says Mr. Mo­rano, adding: “We knew they wouldn’t let us have the bl­o­go­sphere all to our­selves for too long.”

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Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Mitt Rom­ney said Democrats who voted against FISA re­form leg­is­la­tion are “dan­ger­ously out of touch.”

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