The one way street
Shrieky McButtrocket writes:
President Bush gave a fantastic speech today, in which he labeled Senate Democrats “irresponsible” for filibustering the Patriot Act.
Whoa there, lil’ wanker-boy. I see that:
The Senate yesterday refused to extend expiring portions of the Patriot Act, shocking Republican leaders who had confidently predicted victory and marking another repudiation of the Bush administration’s tactics in combating terrorism.
The vote came amid rising tensions in Congress over disclosures that President Bush gave the National Security Agency permission to spy on US citizens following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — and a day after Bush was forced to accept a blanket ban on torture, legislation that he had long pushed to scuttle.
In rejecting the extension, lawmakers from both parties reflected deepening questions about the Bush administration’s methods in its war on terrorism.
Senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican, said Congress must set a new ”equilibrium” between national security and personal freedoms. ”Confidence and trust in one’s government is the only currency there is in life in a democracy,” said Hagel, one of four Republicans to join nearly all Senate Democrats in voting against the extension.
”If citizens do not have confidence and trust in their government — that their government is protecting their rights, and those that they send to represent them in Washington are protecting their rights — then there will be a very severe breakdown in society,” he said. (my emphasis)
So, if Joe Lieberman or Zell Miller (before his family had him institutionalized) votes with the Republicans on any bill, that bill automatically becomes “bipartisan”. But if four Republicans vote with “nearly all Senate Democrats” they become de facto Democrats.
Fuzzy math redux.
The Rocket then adds:
Note, by the way, CNN’s attempt to give the Senate Democrats cover by describing the filibuster as bipartisan:
Senators on both sides of the aisle argued that some of the act’s provisions infringe on civil rights. The bipartisan group proposed a three-month extension to continue debate and amend certain provisions.
As we like to say: Yeah. What’s your point? Where are they wrong?