Dems are saying that Goss is too partisan and that he was picked because he is from Florida. I.e. It is all about politics. Just ran into this link, interestingly, from last month: A Hill interview with Pat Roberts in which he says Goss won’t be picked because Dems will take aim:
We do not want a partisan fight right before the election,” Roberts said.
“[Rockefeller] said he was too partisan and not acceptable,” Roberts said. “I don’t think Porter is too partisan or that he is unacceptable, but that doesn’t speak for the other side. Apparently, if you have the vice chairman firmly opposed to the nominee, I don’t think that’s a very good starting point.”
Well, now he’s the pick. What happens? Senate Dems let him go through because they don’t want to look like they are playing politics with the CIA. Or, the Dems somehow make this case that he is unqualified for the job (because he’s not a Democrat?). I’m guessing the Bush camp, doing the right thing, can handle this one just fine.