REPUBLICAN KABUKI….As always, the Republican Party is determined to ferret out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The politically convenient part of it, anyway:

Last week, House Republican field hearings in San Diego explored the societal and governmental costs of illegal immigrants’ use of health-care facilities and welfare. Another in Houston looked at “the criminal consequences of illegal immigration.” One near here, in Sierra Vista, examined the nation’s strained technical capacity to monitor “the efforts of terrorists and drug cartels” trying to “infiltrate American soil.”

At a field hearing Tuesday in Gainesville, Ga., Rep. Charles Whitlow Norwood Jr. (R-Ga.) brushed off complaints by those who wanted a more balanced witness list. “What I wanted was witnesses who agree with me, not disagree with me,” he told reporters.

These aren’t “field hearings.” They’re campaign rallies. They should be paid for by the RNC, not the taxpayers.