I doubt that Republicans would benefit much from a debate about NSA wiretapping right now. When people don’t trust the President, asking them to trust the President probably won’t work very well.
I could be wrong about that, of course. But I’m dead certain they won’t benefit from inquiries into how it was that MZM (the central company in the Cunningham/Hookergate scandal) got all those contracts. And it seems that the Hayden nomination will provide an opportunity for Democrats to ask some pointed questions.
Of course, if I’d lived a better life, gone to schul regularly, eaten all my vegetables, and not dissed Digby and Atrios, God would love me so much that he’d arrange for Hayden to have attended some of those poker parties. But that would be asking for more than is strictly necessary.
Note that retired three-star general James King, the guy Hayden hired through MZM, took over MZM when Wade stepped aside, and wrote a couple of heavy checks to some of Wilkes’s favorite politicians. That makes it unlikely he was entirely ignorant of Wilkes’s goings-on. And it’s perfectly reasonable for the Senators to want to ask him some questions before confirming Hayden as CIA Director.
There are, after all, lots of questions to ask. And it’s not at all clear that the Republicans in the Senate — Pat Roberts in particular — are willing to do their usual job of making sure those questions aren’t answered.