Democratic Senators Skip Hughes’ Confirmation Hearing…

Not a single Democratic Senator showed up for Karen Hughes’ confirmation hearing.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Senate Dems had “plans” to grill Karen Hughes on her potential role in the Rove/Libby/Plame scandal. But somehow those plans never materialized. Hughes has been called by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to testify before the grand jury investigating the leak, but not a single Democratic senator made time to ask Karen Hughes about her role in the scandal. You’d think such questions would be pressing: Hughes is up for undersecretary of State for public diplomacy. You’d think the public would like the know exactly how public Hughes’ diplomacy is likely to be.

So, what do you think? Is this a strategy, or just ineptitude? (Note that the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.)