The architects of the bogus FISA compromise have, for understandable reasons, scheduled a vote on the bill almost immediately after its unveiling, limiting the ability of the broad coalition opposed to the legislation to effectively mobilize or make use of the impressive amount of cash they’ve raised from online donations. Presumably Steny Hoyer has been careful to ensure in advance that he’s got enough quisling Democratic votes lined up to ensure rapid passage. Which means that probably the best chance of stopping this is for Barack Obama to come out against it, emphatically and unequivocally. It may not be enough, since many of the crossovers are Blue Dog dems who seem eager enough to distance themselves from their party’s nominee. And I’d be surprised if Hoyer hadn’t at least sounded out Obama in advance in hopes of preventing just such an awkward moment. Still, given the pace at which this is moving, if he’s going to say something, he’d better say it soon.
Help Us, Obama Wan Kenobi, You’re Our Only Hope
June 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments