I'm sure you've all seen this video clip by now, where Democrat Barbara Boxer makes it clear to Republican and gibbering loon James Inhofe who wears the pants on the committee now:
It's amusing to hear Inhofe insist that he has the right to hurry Gore through his answers when things were oh so different a few years ago when the wingnuts were running things (all emphasis added):
When [Condi] Rice appeared before the 9/11 commission, she was favored with the Condi Rules; no one would question for more than ten minutes, the commission decided, a departure from established procedures (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 4/8/04). And just as soon as the questions began, Rice began giving long-winded answers, apparently to take time off the clock...
[Sandy] Berger told commissioners the time. His answers were brief and to the point, permitting an actual dialogue.
Rice told the panel how to build watches. As part of those permissive Condi Rules, she was questioned first by the mild-mannered co-commissioners, Kean and Hamilton, who normally don’t take turns in the questioning. And her answers to Kean showed where things were heading; they totaled 439, 383, 549 words respectively, all longer than Berger’s most fulsome effort. Then came questioning by the Democrat, Hamilton—and Rice ripped off a 967-word reply to one of his queries. “Well, I thank you for a careful answer,” the vice chairman wryly said...
Later, commissioner Kerrey begged Rice to stop “filibustering” his time. “It isn’t fair,” he plaintively said.
Drop by later to hear the wingnuts respond, "But that's different!"