Senator-Elect Sheldon Whitehouse began his post-election Senate leadership with this statement on the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld:
â€œVoters in Rhode Island and across the country sent a clear signal yesterday that we are ready for a new direction and a change in Washington. Secretary Rumsfeldâ€™s resignation is the first step toward a new course in Iraq. The mismanagement and failures of the war in Iraq demand significant accountability, and itâ€™s my hope that in the coming months a new Democratic Senate will work to hold this administration accountable for the disastrous conduct of this war.â€?
Rumsfeld’s resignation is what might be called a watershed in the dynamics of power in our country. His control and influence spans all the way back to the Nixon era. And as Andre just pointed out, with the Senate now in Democratic majority, Jack Reed will become Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee. The times, they are a-changing.