I called Sen. Brownback's Senate office, the conservative Republican from Kansas (and the lone Republican Senator I think would make a great president in 2008), just about an hour ago. His staff @ 202-224-6521 tells me the Darfur Accountability Act is DOA in the house as it was pulled out of committee last week. Amazing how I had to call 9 house represenatives and 2 senators before I got an educated answer from Sen. Brownback's gracious staff. You can call them at that number and learn the same unsettling news I did. I got blasted on a conservative site for saying the White House sent a letter to the House telling them to not support the Act (HR 1424). I have no proof that letter was really sent other than the written word of the only person in the media who has actually talked about Darfur on a regular basis, Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times. I think Kristof is a liberal who has bad ideas 70% of the time, he gets the facts mixed up at times, but when he's right, he's right, and I have yet to catch him in one of his columns being dishonest like other unmentionables from the NY Times like Maureen Dowd and Bob Herbert. And as I explain below, there is no other believeable explanation for why legislation with so much support from the majority and minority parties would suddenly get killed in a Congressional House committee. Over 30 senators co-sponsored the Darfur Accountability Act in the Senate, including several notable Republicans like Brownback, DeWine, Talent and Coburn (as well as Joe Lieberman, the Democrat who should be a Republican). This wasn't some blame America drivel passed by a moralizing democrat minority. It was an attempt to show some united Congressional leadership on the issue. The House version had notable Republican support as well, co-sponsored by GOP gents like Rep. Tancredo, Diaz-Galbert, Thompson, Pitts and Capuano. I don't see how without White House pressure this thing wouldn't have made it out of committee. So what's going on here? Anybody have any ideas that are better than mine?