Valerie Plame Wison on Capitol Hill

She didn’t have anything to say that we didn’t already know, really. It was more about the spectacle of having this woman, about whom we’ve heard so much, speak in a congressional hearing and tell the story herself.

She revealed little new information about the case, which sparked a federal investigation and brought perjury and obstruction of justice convictions of Vice President Dick Cheney‘s former top aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. No one has been charged with leaking her identity.

Still, Plame’s appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was a moment of political theater that dramatized Democrats’ drive to use their control of Congress to expose what they see as White House efforts to intimidate dissenters.

Friday’s hearing showed the intense interest in Plame, who drew autograph-seekers and camera-toting congressional aides to a hearing on an otherwise quiet morning.

The most interesting thing in the video above might be the woman in the pink shirt you can see behind Wilson. On her shirt are written the words “Impeach Bush Now.” How do those people manage to get themselves placed for the cameras? And why does CNN feel compelled to show us the exterior of the Capitol and the White House on the side of the screen during these events?


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