February 9, 2006

WHY STOP WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN? (via Gene Brown):

Abolish FISA: A Congressional power grab, using judges as a cudgel. (Opinion Journal, February 9, 2006)

Whatever happened to "impeachment"? Only two months ago, that was the word on leading Democratic lips as they assailed President Bush for "illegal" warrantless NSA wiretaps against al Qaeda suspects. But at Monday's Senate hearing on the issue, the idea never even made an appearance.

The reason isn't because liberal critics have come to some epiphany about the necessity of executive discretion in wartime. The reason is they can read the opinion polls. And the polls show that a majority of Americans want their government to eavesdrop on al Qaeda suspects, even--or should we say, especially--if they're talking to one of their dupes or sympathizers here in the U.S.

In short, the larger political battle over wiretaps is over, and the President has won the argument among the American people.


Leaking the info about the terrorist surveillance program may prove to be Karl Rove's most brilliant ploy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 12:16 PM
Comments

Let us not forget that this issue arose from the post-Watergate days of shame, from the Dolchstoss.

This was all about that madman Nixon's insane delusion that Democrats had been accepting campaign money from unfriendly foreign powers.

Of course, they would never have done such a thing. When Al Gore was caught accepting money from the Chicom KGB, laundered through a Bhuddist monastery, and had to give the money back, that was just a big mistake.

No surprise, then that those people take a stand against surviellance of communications between enemy powers and domestic confederates of enemy powers. We should not be shocked to hear that those who oppose this surviellance also oppose dealing with enemy agents under the war power.

DISCLAIMER: Lou Gots DOES NOT advocate shooting Democrats in the side of the head before trial before a military commission.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 9, 2006 1:04 PM

Folks, the crowd is not booing, they're shouting Loooouuuuuuuu!

(channeling Phil Rizzuto talking about Sweet Lou Piniella)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 9, 2006 1:37 PM

That Rove manipulated Rockefeller into spilling the beans illegally was the real demonic touch.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 9, 2006 1:39 PM

Repeal FISA. And while they are at it, repeal every other law that was enacted between 1972 and 1980.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 9, 2006 1:46 PM

That Rove manipulated Rockefeller into spilling the beans illegally was the real demonic touch.

That and setting up the Plame/Wilson/libby affair to establish the proposition that leakers should be criminally prosecuted. I mean, saints preserve us, this man could give Maciavelli lessons in ruthlessness.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 9, 2006 2:07 PM

How bout we repeal the entire years 1972-1980 (ok, except for the Yankees 3 pennants and two world championships).

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 9, 2006 2:36 PM

'01-'80.

Posted by: oj at February 9, 2006 3:13 PM

Robert, OJ -

Don't forget about the Boland Amendment and the 'luxury' tax. Maine has two Republican senators because of George Mitchell's greed and hatred back in 1990.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 9, 2006 3:16 PM

getting democrats to do something stupid is as hard as getting a trained seal to beg for a fish treat.

Posted by: toe at February 9, 2006 5:11 PM

Whatever happened to "impeachment"? Only two months ago, that was the word on leading Democratic lips as they assailed President Bush for "illegal" warrantless NSA wiretaps against al Qaeda suspects. [...]

The reason isn't because liberal critics have come to some epiphany about the necessity of executive discretion in wartime. The reason is they can read the opinion polls.

OJ called that one.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 9, 2006 8:39 PM

How bout we repeal the entire years 1972-1980 . . .

A selective repeal only. There were a few good things in the 1970s--the Pink Floyd catalogue from Meddle through Wish You Were Here; the Pittsburgh Pirates of the "Lumber Company" years and the "Big Red Machine;" a whole bunch of good books from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; the Commodore 64; and the two cultural prefigurations of the Reagan revolution: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Refugee" and the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 9, 2006 9:59 PM
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