You can watch Galloway's performance here.
Power Line's prediction was not quite on the money:
There are lots of "lawyers" in the House and Senate, but Norm Coleman is a lawyer. It's been a while since he was in the courtroom, and no doubt he's a little rusty. But if he decides to cross-examine Galloway himself, fur will fly. I wish I could take off tomorrow morning (I think Galloway's appearance is scheduled for the a.m.) and watch it--assuming it's televised somewhere.
The Socialist Worker is obviously friendly to Galloway, so the report claiming that the document implicating Galloway is forged should be read with some skepticism. Funny how the Bloggers of the Year aren't interested in this forged document.
I congratulate the Scotsman for using "rumbustious" in a news report. In the United States, of course, newspaper editors know that such high-falutin' language is irredeemable replete with stinkiosity.
Al Jazeera reminds us that Galloway is charged with running a DeLay Gambit:
The Duluth News Tribune is decidely friendlier to Coleman:
But Galloway, a controversial politician with a history of warm relations with Saddam's regime who is expected to testify before Coleman's subcommittee today, lashed out at the Minnesota senator with particular vitriol. In an interview with BBC radio on Thursday, when the report was made public, an audibly furious Galloway called the subcommittee "a bunch of liars," and sarcastically congratulated Coleman on leading "a committee of which Sen. (Joseph) McCarthy would be most proud," a reference to the much-maligned Wisconsin Republican's Senate committee that sought to root out American Communists in the 1940s and '50s.
Another report issued Monday by Levin's staff contended that an American company, Houston-based Bayoil U.S.A. Inc., had imported Iraqi oil to the United States during the oil-for-food program and, in the process, had paid at least $37 million in illegal surcharges to Saddam's regime.
In Britain, at least, the papers lead with a Galloway victory. The BBC says:
Mr Galloway compared his duel with the Senate committee to the 1955 fight between Rocky Marciano and Don Cockell but said the Briton had won this time.
George Galloway stormed up to Capitol Hill yesterday morning for the confrontation of his career, firing scatter-shot insults at the senators who had accused him of profiting illegally from Iraqi oil sales.
They were "neo-cons" and "Zionists" and a "pro-war lynch mob", he raged, who belonged to a "lickspittle Republican committee" that was engaged in creating "the mother of all smokescreens".
He denied making any money from the Iraqi oil-for-food-programme, and accused the senators of making mistakes in their report which were "schoolboy howlers".
After the hearing, the Republican Senator Coleman said if Mr Galloway had lied to the committee "there will have to be consequences to that".
Lying to Congress can result in a year in prison in the US.
"...a reference to the much-maligned Wisconsin Republican's Senate committee that sought to root out American Communists in the 1940s and '50s."
Is that what they were doing? Gosh, that doesn't sound so bad afterall. I guess I had the wrong impression of hte guy.