I was watching Bill Nelson's questioning, and found myself surprised by how impressed I am. He's not much of a progressive hero, but he definitely seemed to be on his game, and several other people watching said the same thing to me. Spencer Ackerman has the transcript but the crux of the matter is that Nelson eschewed the kind of preening that you often see from a Senator and opened with a strong rat-a-tat of brief, pointed questions that underscored the surge's inability to achieve its stated goal of political reconciliation.

Later, I thought he veered off course, but he deserves some props.

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