Patriot Act II: Legislating Liberty as Currency

...Of the ten maverick senators that solidly stood for civil liberties, two of them hail from Cascadia, USA - Patty Murray (Washington) and Ron Wyden (Oregon). making us truly proud of them! And we are also proud and thankful for the leadership shown by Feingold and Byrd, and the patriotism and guts of the other six senators: Akaka, Bingaman, Harkin, Jeffords, Leahy, and Levin. Not coincidentally, of the ten, nine voted in 2002 against giving Bush carte blanche on the Iraq War...

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PATRIOT Act: Feingold speaks a mouthful, no Dems listening

Just a couple in the Senate, to be strictly accurate. Among those Dems with actual votes that might have been cast against actual cloture motions.

Read them and weep:

If Democrats can't stand up on something like this when the president's poll numbers are 34 percent, I just wonder how much right we have to govern this country. You've got to show people you believe in something, not just that you're gaming the issues.

The final vote is in, and the Dem capitulation is almost total: 95-4, Feingold joined by Byrd, Jeffords and Harkin, Inouye not voting.

It's a paradox that deserves a name: In order to fight the taunt of being weak on national security, the Democrats have to be weak on national security.

The phrasing could be snappier, but general thrust is hard to deny. Sez me.

Update [2006-3-2 23:59:54 by skeptic06]:

Just for posterity's sake - I jumped the gun. The RCV noted was on the Sununu fig-leaf bill. The main bill HR 3199 has no fewer than four votes culminating in the vote on the conference report (#26-29 inclusive). I'm not inclined to parse them now - fun for a wet Sunday afternoon, possibly...

PATRIOT Act - Dems in a Fein mess

This car wreck has me rubber-necking again (earlier piece).

The cloture motion on S 2271 passed 69-30.

Why so close when cloture on the motion to proceed passed 96-3?

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Contract with America

...Isn't it tragic that the Congress gave to the Executive, through misguided PATRIOTism, an ACT that would unconstitutionally repeal those rights guaranteed by the Constitution and turn it all over to Homeland Security? ...

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PATRIOT Act Renewal Alert!

The debate starts again in the Senate on Monday. As I discussed before, a cloture motion will be moved on Tuesday.

An indication of the way the vote is likely to go comes with the cloture vote on the motion to proceed - which passed 96-3.

I think it's a lost cause. Don Russello Feingold astride Rosinante giving that windmill one hell of a lancing.

But I know how you guys are such suckers for lost causes, being Dem supporters and all [that's J-o-k-e...], so you may wish to call or fax your senators, just to experience that superior kind of Hill brushoff once more.

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