That was a crafty move Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert and Satan "Tom" DeLay committed when they put Chris Shays (D-CT) on the Select Committee To Make George W. Bush Look Good in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (Helluvan acryonym, too, I know). Quotes from the hearing here.
While Shays's questioning was like putting a couple of slugs in the deer-in-the-headlights, don't think for a minute it wasn't a calculated move by Hastert and DeLay to at least make this committee's work look legitimate. The rest of the members of the committee can be labeled partisan hacks by any man on the street. But Shays offers the legitimacy Hastert and DeLay need to carry this off.
The best move of all, however, was by Nancy Pelosi. Boycotting this Barnum & Bailey act was one of the bravest moves I've seen from a leading Democrat in years. That Fristy Hastert would pull such a stunt without even talking with their counterparts in the minority party really says it all.
Now, why am I so cynical? Gee. I dunno.