J Alva Scruggs sent this along:
Here's a classic tack to the right by Republicans, legitimized and supported by a me-too "counterproposal" from Democrats:So let me get this straight. The President, casting aside the figleaf G-string of FISA, has inserted his... Well. Ahem. Let's abandon the metaphor. He's been bugging our phones on an immense, unprecedented scale. He's been doing this in clear violation of the law, and his defense is that well, he's the President, he can violate the law when he feels like it.Congress Takes Up Surveillance Bills
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration gave guarded support to several terrorist surveillance bills Wednesday as Congress took up the sensitive issue of how to give legal backing to the president's warrantless wiretapping.
The acting assistant attorney general told a House Judiciary subcommittee that legislation backed by the House GOP leadership showed promise and that the president had expressed support for a measure from Sen. Arlen Specter, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman....
One Democratic alternative, sponsored by Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, makes clear that surveillance must be conducted under the 1978 law but changes procedures to speed up the process.
And the enraged response of the Official Opposition, aka the Lesser Evil, is... Hang him from a lamppost? Impeach him? Tie his hands with new oversight mechanisms and keep him honest? No, no, you poor naif, none of the above. The Official Opposition says, as usual, that whatever enormity the Greater Evil has committed, we will bless half of it -- but only half! Not a bit more! We are, after all, the Lesser Evil!
Of course, any child can see -- provided that child is not a registered Democrat, and thus brain-dead by definition --any child, I say, can see, that this process will iterate. Two steps forward, one step back, for the Americastapo. Lather, rinse, repeat, and where do you end up, after a surprisingly short time?