Wow – Senate drop kicks Patriot Act reauthorization
The dry-drunk-in-Chief is probably heading for the bottle — or one of his mommies (Condi, Hughes, Laura, Barbara) over this one. (CNN):
The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans’ privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.
In a crucial vote early Friday, the bill’s Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47.
Now Bush and his buddies Frist and Hastert, who have been posturing that they won’t accept a short-term extension to work out the enormous differences over roving wiretaps and secret warrants, are going to want to play a game of chicken.
Here is a list of the 16 provisions set to expire on 12/31.