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Remind me, once again...

...why was the Democrats' retaking of Congress in 2006 such a big deal? Wasn't it the restoration of the system of checks and balances that keeps the President under control? Wasn't it recovering many of the civil liberties which were taken away by the Bush Administration with the help of a compliant Republican Congress? Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

Meet the new boss - same as the old boss.

The Democratic-led Congress, more concerned with protecting its political backside than with safeguarding the privacy of American citizens, left town early yesterday after caving in to administration demands that it allow warrantless surveillance of the phone calls and e-mails of American citizens, with scant judicial supervision and no reporting to Congress about how many communications are being intercepted. To call this legislation ill-considered is to give it too much credit: It was scarcely considered at all.

In case you're wondering, here's the Democrats who voted in favor:

Senate (16 total):
Bayh, Carper, Casey, Conrad, Feinstein, Inouye, Klobuchar, Landrieu, Lincoln, McCaskill, Mikulski, Nelson, Nelson, Pryor, Salazar, Webb.

House (41 total):
Altmire, Barrow, Bean, Boren, Boswell, Boyd, Carney, Chandler, Cooper, Costa, Cramer, Cuellar, Davis, Davis, Donnelly, Edwards, Ellsworth, Etheridge, Gordon, Herseth Sandlin, Higgins, Hill, Lampson, Lipinski, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, Melancon, Mitchell, Peterson, Pomeroy, Rodriguez, Ross, Salazar, Shuler, Snyder, Space, Tanner, Taylor, Walz, Wilson.

If your "representative" happens to be on either of these lists, be sure to call them up and give them an earful. Oh, and that also goes for any of them who didn't bother to vote, John Kerry and Barbara Boxer the most prominent among them.

More power for Alberto Gonzales. My, that certainly is comforting. Sweet dreams, America.

August 6, 2007 in Current Affairs | Permalink