July 22, 2005

JUST KEEP WINNING:

House Votes to Extend Patriot Act (GLEN JOHNSON, 7/22/05, Associated Press)

The House voted Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act, the nation's main anti-terrorism tool, just hours after televisions in the Capitol beamed images of a new attack in London.

As similar legislation worked its way through the Senate, House Republicans generally cast the law as a valuable asset in the war on terror. Most Democrats echoed that support but said they were concerned the law could allow citizens' civil liberties to be infringed.

After more than nine hours of debate, the House approved the measure 257-171. Forty-three Democrats joined 214 Republicans in voting to renew key provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire at the end of the year.


For all that it gins up their base, no Democrat who's ever won a race by less than 10% and is up in '06 is going to vote in favor of the terrorists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 22, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

On the two votes that counted, the Motion to Consider and on a motion to recommit, every Democrat who voted voted against the Patriot Act. Even on the vote on final passage, which is essentially a free pass, less than a third of the Democrats voted for the bill.

Posted by: Earl Sutherland at July 22, 2005 9:00 AM

When are the terrorist-loving Dana Rohrabacher and Ron Paul going to be booted out of the GOP caucus?

Posted by: bart at July 22, 2005 9:28 AM

I don't understand Earl's comment. Why were the procedure votes the key votes? Apparently the motions passed. Isn't the final vote the political vote that matters?

Posted by: Bob at July 22, 2005 9:34 AM

Bob:

They knew it would pass on the final vote (they can count). But the procedural votes (the rules of the vote) are usually more important. And the public knows nothing about these votes (mainly because the media doesn't know either, and wouldn't report on them anyway).

It's an old tactic to keep them fooled down on the farm.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 22, 2005 10:14 AM

So, everyone agrees that Democrats with marginal seats can't afford to be seen as soft on terrorists -- even the Democrats.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 22, 2005 10:23 AM

Hey, they're our only check against civil rights-slashing measures like the Patriot Act, which may yet at last plunge us over the cliff into an American Fascism. Such a serious task -- no wonder John Kerry looks so dour. No wonder Howard Dean seems so angry.

Posted by: Al Cornpone at July 22, 2005 12:06 PM
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