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obamahillarywinmcnamee.jpgBarack Obama’s not interested in telecom immunity, and releases this statement:

“I have consistently opposed this Administration’s efforts to use debates about our national security to expand its own power, whether that was on the Iraq war, or on its power grab to curb our civil liberties through domestic surveillance programs. It is time to restore oversight and accountability in the FISA program, and this proposal — with an unprecedented grant of retroactive immunity — is not the place to start.”

That’s great, Senator, I’m so happy. Now what do you intend to do about it? Who do you intend to support on this, Harry Reid or Chris Dodd?

It gets a bit tiresome when people like Rahm and Steny vote for personal cover on these things, then push the freshmen to vote with the Republicans by telling them they’ll lose their seats if they don’t — and the Republicans take the day. Clean hands, as they say.  This is a “safe vote” for Obama, Hillary and everyone else who put nothing on the line (and present no serious opposition) when these bills get ramrodded through. Like Joe Lieberman taking credit for voting “against” Alito after he voted for cloture, it’s all for show.

What about you, Senator Clinton?  Many members of your inner sanctum lobby heavily for the telecom industry.  What will it be?

People are weary of everyone throwing up their hands and saying “what do you want, it takes sixty votes.”

Chris Dodd just proved it didn’t, and Harry Reid smacked him down for it.

I guess that’s what happens when you challenge the Grand Excuse.

(brenden has a few words about Harry Reid and telecom money) 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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