Maybe Democrats are finally getting brains, or they are attempting to appear “tough on national security” ahead of the ’06 midterm elections. My guess is that Democratic votes to end the filibuster of the USA Patriot Act reauthorization are reflective of the latter.
The Senate voted 96-3 in favor of cloture, with Senators Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis..) and Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.) voting to uphold the filibuster. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) did not vote.
Feingold was clearly disappointed with the bill, saying, "I will continue to oppose this flawed deal, insist that the Senate jump through every procedural hoop and demand the right to offer amendments to improve it." Unfortunately, only radical militant librarians and Feingold are opposed to accessing library records for people wanting to learn how to construct a bomb.
However, one vote on security will not tip the American public to the Democrats’ favor. You cannot win elections without a plan, and the Democrats cannot formulate a plan because they not only do not have one to formulate, but they are to busy nurturing their myopic hatred of George W. Bush. They have demonstrated, time and time again, their opposition to the violation of terrorists’ “civil rights.” I guess when you sell your soul to the ACLU, you figure to hell with national security. In fact, Harry Reid prided himself on “we killed the Patriot Act . . . and a yet to be determined number of innocent American civilians.”
My name is Harry Reid, Bush sucks, and I approved this message.