February 13, 2006


Spying Necessary, Democrats Say: But Harman, Daschle Question President's Legal Reach (Walter Pincus, 2/13/06, Washington Post)

Two key Democrats yesterday called the NSA domestic surveillance program necessary for fighting terrorism but questioned whether President Bush had the legal authority to order it done without getting congressional approval.

Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) said Republicans are trying to create a political issue over Democrats' concern on the constitutional questions raised by the spying program. [...]

Daschle said he wants the program to continue but maintained that the warrantless wiretapping of calls that came into the United States or calls made overseas, even those involving suspected terrorist sources, violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Do you suppose either of them understands that Congress can't rewrite the Constitution by statute?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 13, 2006 10:39 AM

Why is Tom Daschle considered a "key" Democrat?

Posted by: kevin whited at February 13, 2006 10:51 AM

"Why is Tom Daschle considered a "key" Democrat?"

During the 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: "You have the vote of every thinking person!"

Stevenson replied: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

In other words, because he's a loser.

pj nailed it a while back when he exposited the Unified Theory of the Bush Derangement Clause to the Living Constitution. It starts with the premise that if Bush does something, it must be unconstitutional, and works it way backwards from there.

Posted by: Noel at February 13, 2006 11:13 AM

There is a reason Daschle is a "former" Senate majority leader. Dems need to figure that out.

Posted by: sam at February 13, 2006 11:56 AM

KW: As soon as a Dem pol loses, he becomes a "key" Democrat. Witness Gore, Kerry, Dean, Carter, Mondale.

Posted by: sam at February 13, 2006 11:58 AM

As opposed to the GOP losers like Ford, Bush the Elder, Quayle, Dole, Kemp, Bob Michael and Gingrich and just about every presidential wannabe except for Keating-McCain. The problem is that the Dems take a lot of advice from Hollywood, where sequals and remakes are the norm because that's all they've got anymore.

Then again, maybe its because the GOP learned a valuable lesson when they let Nixon out of his coffin in '68.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 13, 2006 3:52 PM

because he will fit in your pocket.

Posted by: toe at February 13, 2006 5:13 PM