I can not understand why the repubs don't take atleast a defense instead of just rolling with the punch after punch after punch
Every Republican on the committee signed off on this. It was unanimous.
The reason is because of poll numbers. None of this is hurting Bush, so the question becomes "why risk making a mistake if your opponents aren't doing any damage?"
Sure, it looks bad on television. It doesn't look bad in reality.
"I can not understand why the repubs don't take atleast a defense instead of just rolling with the punch after punch after punch"
Roberts himself is a fence riding punk who is always willing to make deals with the dems. He and too many other Repub Senators, like McCain, only care about what they can get out it.
It's like Roberts did not even notice the reports of Sarin and Mustard Gas found...or the Weapons Inspectors reports about how far along and how ready Iraq's weapon's developement plans were.
Our only hope is that the Administration...as well as some of the non RINO repubs come out and point this stuff out.