Yeah, but where's Red Bushie Reicherdt on this issue?
Reichert voted for it, naturally. The Republicans saw remarkable consistency on this one.
"THINKS THAT THE 57 DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR THE FISA UPDATE ARE DOING TOO MUCH TO STOP TERRORISM"
Shame on Mr. Esser and anyone else who had anything to do with this press release. When will they realize that insulting the intelligence of moderates and conservatives in this manner is pathetic? Believe it or not, we actually don't think liberals/progressives are in league with the terrorists. Yet when Mrs. Burner has a legitimate concern about the danger of allowing warrantless spying, the GOP tries to paint her as a terrorist.
They wonder why the moderates like me are flocking to the Democratic Party. I suppose it is a sign of the GOP's weakness if they now have to resort to these sorts of tactics.
Did Sen. Feinstein forget to read the FISA bill she voted for? Did she fall for the Big Lie? Rather than being a stop-gap for six months, buried within it was a provision that renewed it for 18 months. No more ridiculous oversight by Congress until the Bushies have backed their bags and gone!
What you get with Darcy Burner is a woman who shoots straight, literally and figuratively. She doesn't speak in anger, but she calls them as she sees them, rather than serving up the inside-the-beltway prepackaged perspective.
The measure makes clear that FISA does not apply to surveillance to collect foreign intelligence on foreign targets outside the United States. It provides a means to authorize and compel assistance to the government from third parties to aid in gathering intelligence information on targets outside the United States.
Clear as mud.
Frankly, I was delighted to see Ms. Burner's video. At last, someone who is actually willing to call for real defense and protection of our civil liberties.
Painting this as an exercise in "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" analysis misses a great deal. Darcy Burner at least understands that, to abuse the aphorism, "the enemy of my Bill of Rights is no friend of mine". She gets that this is true regardless of the (D) or (R) somebody chooses to put after their name. And good for her.
As for Rodney Tom, please. If you don't get that this is a guy who will say anything to get elected, you haven't been paying much attention to his career. This is a guy who, after spending 1 term in the state House as a Republican, flipping parties when the national wind shifted, then serving less than 1 year in the state Senate before bailing out on his duties to run against Darcy Burner, had the gall to say in Postman on Politics:
"The thing you have to remember is the 8th isn't about just winning in '08. But you have to have someone who can stay around in the long run and I think I can fit that profile."
It's beyond me how he can say that with a straight face after showing the strongest possible signs of being interested in his own career uber alles. So yeah, he'll totally claim to be against the FISA bill, because he knows damn well that Darcy Burner is very much in touch with the voters of the 8th district, and if she's against it then he'd better be too.
As for Feinstein, has she forgotten the so-called "sunset" provisions in the PATRIOT act? I never believed for a moment that those particularly egregious aspects of that horrible piece of legislative twaddle would actually be allowed to sunset, and was proven right with the provisions came back up for extension. How are these supposedly limited FISA provisions, be they 6 or 18 months, any different?
What do you care, Jason? GWB will just write a signing statement exempting him and his comrades from paying attention to it anyway.
Face it, you live in Soviet America. Better have your papers in order, comrade.
Rodney Tom is not a Democrat or Republican. He is not an independent in the good sense of that word. He is not a representative of his district but of himself. He is running for Congress to represent himself. I know all politicians are a little self-absorbed but this guy can't see beyond his own nose. He puts his finger in the wind and goes wherever it blows. Both parties should work to take this guy down -- for the good of the people. He is a disgrace.
Unfortunately, Darcy Burner is a lightweight with too little experience and nothing to offer but the Democratic party platform. If the Democratic Party had put up a solid candidate in 2006 (someone who can actually think for herself and offer some leadership), Reichert would have lost.
Beyond party, the people of the state should look at the individual candidates. I do a lot of work with Congress on behalf of a small Redmond company. Rep. Dicks and Rep. Reichert are the best members of Congress that Washington State has. They are both straight-shooters and work hard for Washington State.
Burner and Tom are both such bad choices it hurts (even fellow D's in Congress have said as much, just not on the record -- in fact, I have heard Washington Democrats in Congress say they are glad Reichert won but couldn't support him vs. Burner despite wanting to support him for the good of the State's delegation). Unless the Democratic Party can recruit a candidate that doesn't make you want to pinch your nose while voting for him/her, the Party should get out of the way. The question should not be Tom or Burner. It should be: "Why hasn't it recruited a decent candidate in the 8th district?" (Hint: Failure of party leadership, yet again).
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