February 11, 2006


Another Cave-In on the Patriot Act (NY Times, 2/11/06)

The Patriot Act has been one of the few issues on which Congress has shown backbone lately. Last year, it refused to renew expiring parts of the act until greater civil liberties protections were added. But key members of the Senate have now caved, agreeing to renew these provisions in exchange for only minimal improvements.

Bad enough that one of our major political parties is in the grip of delusion, but it's troubling that the editors at our major news organizations partake of it too. There was never even a remote possibility that the President and the American people were going to lose this fight to a minority of congressmen. Politics just doesn't work that way.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2006 8:47 AM

Interesting that Gail Collins seems to have forgotten that Congress is controlled by the GOP. And I doubt if Larry Craig, Lisa Murkowski, and John Sununu are her favorite Senators.

But OJ, she's been delusional for a long, long time.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 11, 2006 9:45 AM

I'm not sure that there's any delusion here. The NY Times is a regional paper and it's catering to the prejudices of its region. Likewise, the Democrats are a regional party ....

Posted by: David Cohen at February 11, 2006 9:54 AM

Catering is far too mild. Wallowing, gorging, absorbing, inhaling, alloying, parroting, compounding - these seem to fit better.

Posted by: ratbert at February 11, 2006 10:13 AM

But just in the name of foresightedness, you would think Ms. Collins and the rest of the editorial writers would at least comprehend that a return to the old ways of intellegence gathering would make it far more likely their own city will be attacked than just about any other place in America, given the symbolism the terrorists attach to New York.

They're hatred of Bush is so great they're unable to give him credit for any action, even if they (or their friends in Washington) would be the most likely benefciaries. If the Times' accounting department had this type of self-awareness and planning for the future, they would have spent all of the paper's fourth quarter earnings on Lotto scratch-off tickets.

Posted by: John at February 11, 2006 10:19 AM

Yeah, I'd like to take a "Bush is playing the fear card" lefty and a "Bush hasn't made us safer" lefty and knock their heads together. Just in the interest of internal consistency, of course. (I've always been curious about their internal consistency.)

Posted by: David Cohen at February 11, 2006 10:21 AM

Well stated John. While we're labeling, I'd prefer obstructionist to delusional in that delusional implies they know not what they do. So perhaps it could be better said they're obstructionists based on their delusions. I still think some of this paranoia stems from the subconcious imprints of "red diaper" babies.

Posted by: Genecis at February 11, 2006 10:37 AM

If it's subconscious then it's delusion.

Posted by: oj at February 11, 2006 10:41 AM

Rat: cheerleading.

David: pudding, the kind gay cowboys eat.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 11, 2006 1:14 PM