Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Senate Votes on FISA Today – Part 2: The Vote

Now after lunch, comes the FISA cloture vote, where the previous Ayes, become the Nays.

Not really.

Here is the vote on the FISA bill, a bill fully loaded and ready to take aim at all Americans’ right to privacy and against warrentless search and seizure.

69 Aye – 28 Nay

Here is the rogues’ list. Twenty-three Democrats who voted away our constitutional rights. (No, I don’t bother listing the Republicans and Independents. They can’t help being against our constitutional rights. These 23 have no excuse).

Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)

1 comment:

Mark Bankston said...

You know how strongly I feel about surveillance issues...But did these Democrats really cast a vote to terminate our constitutional rights?

Or for many of them, was it a vote that reflected an attitude that now is not the time to have this fight?

In other words, what's one more capitulation to a tyranny on the eve of its own retirement party?

If we really plan to restructure our Republic starting next January, does it even matter what we do in the interim?

I can't keep these thoughts from swimming around in my head...Especially since none of what's happening is real. Ever since the nomination, it's become clear that the next 4 months of American politics will be pure theater, meaningless sound and fury meant to persuade that bizarre set of voters who remain "undecided".

For those of us on either side who were persuaded by substance of ideology long ago, the next few months will be positively sickening, and we'd probably be better off just ignoring the whole damn spectacle. But we can't.

Price of addiction.