Hayden confirmation hearing open thread

It starts at 9:30. Watch live on the web at C-SPAN. If something exciting happens, we’ll post the video here.

Update: Video posted here.

The worry was that intelligence committee members would turn the hearing into a public briefing/referendum on NSA data mining. Bush’s decision to brief them has apparently laid those worries to rest; on the other hand, if the previous 30 briefings didn’t do the trick, why would this one? It’s not just Congress that’s been kept in the loop, either, as Confederate Yankee points out.

I’ll leave you with this. A whole new generation of leakers for Dana Priest to buddy up to.

Update: What’s more important, the confirmation hearing for Bush’s nominee to lead the CIA or a re-run of a show nobody watches anyway? MSNBC has the answer.