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Give 'em a break

Some people are miffed that two prominent Democrats, Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and former congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana, both skipped out early from Bush and Cheney's testimony before the 9/11 commission.

Perhaps it was just a case of spring fever, which, if the weather in Washington has been anything like it's been here in New York, would be completely understandable. I think the critics are overreacting. They seem to be under the impression that this commission is a serious, fact-finding body of genuine importance, rather than a crass exercise in partisan blame shifting.

Kerrey and Hamilton harbor no such illusions, and neither should we.