This was a no brainer
by just another vet, Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 05:09:22 PM EDT
Here are the reasons why Senator Obama's vote FOR the final FISA bill is wrong:
1. Senator Clinton voted NO. This means she gets to hang it over Obama's head just like he hangs the Iraq vote over hers. Giving her more leverage is never a good idea, especially when her top contributors are holding out, demanding she be declared Obama's VP choice. Her hands are clean on this one.
2. Senator McCain didn't vote for it. Actually, he didn't vote at all, but to the Straight Up Lying Out His Ass Express facts are meaningless, what really matters is that now, if the media and/or public ever do decide to make FISA an issue, McSame can honestly say he didn't vote for it. His supporting it is not relevant, there are countless examples of him talking out his ass already documented, but none of it phases the guy. And this time he won't have to lie. He didn't vote for FISA on the record. His hands are clean as well.
3. Remember all the talk about how Obama taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago? Well, Professor, care to comment on how voting against the Constitution, while simultaneously making it ok to break FISA law, is a change from the past? Haven't we experienced this type of governing for the past 7 years? Here he is, this man with amazing oratory skills, someone who I have personally watched mesmerize 18,000 people, yet he can't go out and explain to people why this is wrong? Why this hurts our nation? With McInsane pulling the "I got tortured, if you vote against me you hate America" card, this was an issue Obama could have fought back on. For fucks sake, he taught this shit! McFucksicle can't remember what he is saying while he is saying it half the time, beating him down over this should be a snap. And don't start with the "Republicans will call him a terrorist lover" argument, because they are already calling him a terrorist. With his skills he should have been showing real leadership and stood with Senator Dodd and filibustered the hell out of this. He could have argued this on television, controlling the debate. Major missed opportunity.
4. Only 40 votes were needed for a filibuster. The last amendment received 42 votes. If Obama hadn't waffled he could have made a real fight of this. And after the news of his shifting to the center more, this would have re-energized his base.This would have shown him to be a man of his word, and it would have proven that he will not back down, that he will fight the good fight. But instead we now have him saying he would never vote for this back when it was politically easy and flipping when it matters. How are we supposed to believe him now? How are we supposed to believe in change? Does the Constitution only matter in off years? He has just shot himself in the foot with a lot of people, and I honestly don't know how he will, or if he will even bother, to repair this, much less explain himself. And yes he needs to explain himself.
And 5. Does he really want to be the next Colin Powell? If I can think of that, a lot of other people can too. The people that want to bring him down can and very much may use this line of attack. Obama did after all just cave to Bush and do his dirty work for him. Just like Powell. And to make matters worse, I bet this comes from the center-left (Clinton, Bill). Not exactly the way we want this to go down.
So yes, this was the wrong vote. I don't know if Obama has lost his way, if he was always a tool, or if he has become surrounded by, and influenced by, some typical insider idiots. Whatever the reason for the catastrophe, Obama has been tarnished pretty bad. I can hear his minions saying this is about winning elections, that the spin on the bill will make him look good anyways. Well good for him, I'm glad he is working so hard to appease everyone. Because that's different how?
Oh well, it's not like Obama took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Oh shit, he did:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.