December 15, 2005


Democrats plan to filibuster Patriot Act (Charles Hurt and Jerry Seper, December 15, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Senate Democrats say they will filibuster the extension of the USA Patriot Act, which passed the House yesterday on a bipartisan vote, despite some concerns that provisions of the bill trample civil liberties by giving law enforcement too much power.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said he will not demand that his entire caucus support a filibuster but said that he certainly would.

No use complaining about wedge issues when you're always so eager to grab the narrow end.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2005 8:34 AM

The dumbest part of the whole Democratic playbook is that it relies completely on the benificence of our enemies. Are they that blind?

With several Democratic votes in favor (Nelson, Lieberman, Landrieu, probably Hillary, probably Bill Nelson, Conrad, perhaps Cantwell, perhaps Byrd), are the Dems going to trust that Larry Craig or Sununu will vote against cloture? That's not a good move, either.

Posted by: ratbert at December 15, 2005 9:48 AM

Ratbert - Unfortunately the Stupid Party (i.e. the GOP) will probably cave on the filibuster threat and not force the Dems on record on this issue.

Posted by: AWW at December 15, 2005 9:58 AM

The spineless wonders will stiffen up when the president's numbers go through the roof around the beginning of the year when terrorist violence plummets just like oil prices and unemployment, and the economy keeps booming, troops start coming home, and surprise! When Iran's nukes go missing, North Korea gets the hint and there is a regime change in Syria.

Added attractions, the traitors at the CIA are named.

The icing on the cake: The Barrett Report is released and the Clinton years are revealed in all their glory.

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2005 1:20 PM

Ah, the Max Cleland gambit. It'll work this time, guys. Proceed.

Posted by: Luciferous at December 15, 2005 2:38 PM