JOHN McCAIN FINDS AN ALLY….OK, let me get this straight. Even though she clearly knows her brief and was the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman was passed over for the committee chairmanship because she had supported the war and was just generally a little too hawkish on national security matters. Instead Nancy Pelosi chose Silvestre Reyes. Here’s what Reyes had to say on Tuesday:

In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a stepped up effort to “dismantle the militias.”

….Reyes added that he was “very clear” about his position to Pelosi when she chose him over two rivals ? Rep. Jane Harman of California and Rep. Alcee Hastings ? to head the critical intelligence post.

That’s just great. Which is better: someone who got it right in the beginning but has since lost his way, or someone who originally made a mistake but seems to have learned something since then? I think I’d pick door #2.