A day after a dramatic, nationally televised hearing that pitted Roger Clemens against his former personal trainer and Democrats against Republicans, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Thursday that he regretted holding the hearing in the first place . . .“I’m sorry we had the hearing. I regret that we had the hearing. And the only reason we had the hearing was because Roger Clemens and his lawyers insisted on it.”Roger Clemens and his lawyers insisted on it? Mr. Waxman, you're the chairman of a congressional committee. If you don't want that hearing to happen, it doesn't happen.
And let's be accurate here. Henry Waxman doesn't regret that the hearing happened. He regrets that, a day later, lots of people are decrying the spectacle and waste of government resources he created in the interests of demigogging the steroids issue.