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 folks over at TPM Muckraker have the list of pussy Democrats who jumped ship to give the Bush Administration what they wanted:
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?