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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Senate Democrats to Senate Republics: Go Cheney Yourself.

Wow. It feels really, really good to win one.

Yesterday afternoon, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama came back to DC to stand with Senator Chris Dodd against the Senate Republics' latest middle finger towards the Democrats. The Republics thought they could stop any discussion on whether "retroactive immunity" should be included in the FISA bill. That immunity is not just for telecoms that illegally wiretapped Americans - it's for Bush, Gonzalez and Cheney too. I can't believe we're even debating whether we should give MORE immunity to the Bushies for breaking the law. They've had a free ride for eight frigging years, beginning with stealing the 2000 election from Al Gore!

For once, the Republics didn't have the votes to pull it off. And thanks to thousands of phone calls, letter, emails and faxes by patriots all across America, our Senatorial Presidential candidates were right there on the teevee. The message was clear: "Enough is enough!"

I hope Harry Reid likes the feeling of strength that comes with standing up for the rule of law. I hope he likes it so much that he starts doing it more and more often.

Give 'em Hell, Harry! And should you feel so inclined to encourage his spinicular fortitude, why not write him a letter or give him a call to say thanks?

2 comments:

Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

Dispensa me, amiga...perhaps it is my unpleasant chore to disagree? that this represents a 'victory'? you're gonna think me just a terrible person, but i cannot share your enthusiasm.

the Dems caved in and passed a two-week extension of an unnecessary, utterly specious, propagandistic (what else can something called the "Protect America Act" be?) amendment to the already satisfactory FISAct. All that means is that Hairless Harry and the rest have two-weeks without the story in the headlines. Super-duper-Tuesday's in there, you'll recall. (the super-bowl, too)

it dismays me that you/we are so desperate to claim 'victory' that we are blinded to the diminishingly small accomplishment we celebrate...

i intend utterly no snark on you, my friend...

madamab said...

heh! don't worry Woody, I have no problems with your disagreement.

I don't think this is a victory on the scale of a true progressive being elected Preznit.

On the other hand, I don't think we're going to get out of this hellhole without a lot of small victories like this one. And I want to celebrate when we have one.