So Congress went ahead and gave the phone companies that cooperated with the Bush Administration’s illegal warrantless wiretap program retroactive immunity. This pretty much means you can expect this sort of thing to happen again in the future.
The Senate voted on the Dodd/Feingold amendment, which would have stripped retroactive immunity from the surveillance bill just now. The final tally was 31-67; crossing over to vote nay were Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Evan Bayh (D-IA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Tom Carper (D-DE), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jim Webb (D-VA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Update: Here’s the official tally.
Looks like it’s time to write a letter to Debbie Stabenow and ask what the fuck she was thinking and why she thinks I should ever vote for her again. As for the presidential candidates? Well Hillary wasn’t present for the vote, which is a strike against her in my book, and the other two people with any real chance of being nominated voted pretty much as you’d expect them to. McCain voted for giving immunity, which is just one more reason I wouldn’t vote for him for President, and Obama voted against it which just raises his status in my eyes that much more.
Tell me again why we bothered to give Congress to the Democrats in ‘06? What, exactly, have they been able to stop the White House from doing?
[…] “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
[…] “This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters … many of you right here in this room … have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming president. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America,” Romney said.
Huckabee has said he’ll keep pushing on with his campaign as is Ron Paul, but it appears that McCain has all but wrapped up the nomination for his party. I’ve said before that there was a time when I would’ve voted for McCain, but the way he sold out to the religious right, when he once was their strongest Republican critic, in order to get where he is combined with the fact that he seems intent on continuing with the idiotic policies of the current Bush Administration pretty much makes my voting Democrat in this election a foregone conclusion.
Of the two people still left fighting it out for the Democratic nomination I think I’d much prefer to have Obama win the day, but I could probably live with Clinton despite not being happy with all of her positions and plans. I think of the various Republican hopefuls that McCain presents the best chance against the Democrats this time around due to his appeal among independent voters so this is probably a good thing if the Republicans want to hold onto the White House. Enough folks are sick of the Bush Administration, though, that the fact that he’s basically Bush’s third term may be enough to keep him from winning in the election. I suppose we’ll see come November.
With a history of meddling in our primaries, why don’t we try and return the favor. Next Tuesday, January 15th, Michigan will hold its primary. Michigan Democrats should vote for Mitt Romney, because if Mitt wins, Democrats win. How so?
For Michigan Democrats, the Democratic primary is meaningless since the DNC stripped the state of all its delegates (at least temporarily) for violating party rules. Hillary Clinton is alone on the ballot.
But on the GOP side, this primary will be fiercely contested. John McCain is currently enjoying the afterglow of media love since his New Hamsphire victory, while Iowa winner Mike Huckabee is poised to do well in South Carolina.
Meanwhile, poor Mitt Romney, who’s suffered back-to-back losses in the last week, desperately needs to win Michigan in order to keep his campaign afloat. Bottom line, if Romney loses Michigan, he’s out. If he wins, he stays in.
And we want Romney in, because the more Republican candidates we have fighting it out, trashing each other with negative ads and spending tons of money, the better it is for us. We want Mitt to stay in the race, and to do that, we need him to win in Michigan.
I’ve been kind of annoyed with the big flip of the bird the DNC gave Michigan because we had the audacity to actually, you know, have some impact on the next presidential election. Which, when you consider the condition of our economy, isn’t an unreasonable desire in my mind. I’ve never participated in a primary before and I’m officially registered as an Independent, but I might just be willing to wade into Republican territory this time out seeing as there’s not much point in participating in the Democratic side even if I were so inclined. And it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten into any mischief.
Remember how back before the 2006 elections all the Conservative pundits were making dire predictions about how the world as we know it would end if Nanci Pelosi became speaker of the house? How they suggested that she would single handedly bring about the ruin of this great country? Remember the sense of relief many of us felt when the Democrats took control of both houses and we thought that, finally, Bush would no longer get whatever the hell he wanted by a rubber stamp Congress?
The agreement signaled that congressional Democrats are ready to give in to many of the White House’s demands as they try to finish the session before they break for Christmas—a political victory for the president, who has refused to compromise on the spending measures.
The House last night also approved a new version of legislation that would stave off the spread of the alternative minimum tax, a parallel tax system originally targeted at the very rich, to millions of middle-class families. The House version would not add to the federal budget deficit.
I’m often asked why I won’t just declare myself a Democrat seeing as I tend to side with them more often than not and this is one example why. They keep doing things to show me that they don’t deserve my loyalty. That they are, in fact, a big bunch of spineless pussies who couldn’t make a stand on an issue if their lives depended on it. At this point it’s beginning to look like it doesn’t matter if we had fucking Martians running Capitol Hill as the President is going to be able to do whatever the fuck he wants regardless.
That’s what Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New Jersey said about the new revision of FISA law which would give the Attorney General the power to issue warrant less wiretaps without any real overview of the FISA court. Yet in the end that’s exactly what many Democrats did:
There was no indication that lawmakers were responding to new intelligence warnings. Rather, Democrats were responding to administration pleas that a recent secret court ruling had created a legal obstacle in monitoring foreign communications relayed over the Internet.
They also appeared worried about the political repercussions of being perceived as interfering with intelligence gathering. But the disputes were significant enough that they are likely to resurface before the end of the year.
There’s a number of reasons I’m an Independent instead of a Democrat (there’s little hope of my ever being a Republican) and this is one more reason to tack onto that list. Too often the Democrats are more worried about doing what they think is beneficial to their careers over what is right and usually they’re wrong about how much it’ll help their careers to boot. It boggles the mind to think that Democrats prior to winning both houses in 2006 managed to keep similar legislation from ever seeing the light of day only to turn around once they have the majority and hand the Bush administration exactly what it wants and has been trying to pass for so long.
Good job, dumb asses. Looks like our hopes of Bush no longer having a rubber stamp Congress were just wishful thinking after all.
By the by, I need to track down a list of the Democrats that voted for this stupid bill so I can see if any of my representatives were idiotic enough to go along with it.