Thursday, June 26, 2008

Well surprise, surprise, surprise!

Not really. In the Senate, the cloture vote on the awful FISA bill was for all intents and purposes the one that mattered. I'll give the fifteen who were all set to filibuster their due:
Biden (D-DE), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Cantwell (D-WA), Dodd (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Harkin (D-IA), Kerry (D-MA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Menendez (D-NJ), Sanders (I-VT), Schumer (D-NY), Wyden (D-OR).
Among the conspicuously absent from the vote were McCain, Obama, and Clinton - big surprise, eh?

So, from the top: Isolated individuals aside, there is no opposition party in Congress. Are we clear yet? To repeat: THERE IS NO OPPOSITION PARTY IN CONGRESS. None. Nada. Zip. Zilcho. To my progressive friends and acquaintances who keep hoping for more and better Democrats, and who seem perpetually disappointed by the ones who were their great white hopes in election cycles past, all that I can really say is that you're being played. It's time to just wake the fuck up and accept the distinct probability that these goons in the Senate actually have the jonez for some of that telecom money for their own campaign funds, and equally the probability that many of them think that the bad old days of COINTELPRO were just peachy.

You'll notice I've changed the right-hand sidebar to this blog to reflect the latest in a series of legislative outrages. Those identified as Democrats (you know, the ones for whom our prog bloggers will keep shilling) have been italicized just to make the point clear that there really is no opposition party in Congress. If you're really dumb enough to keep sending money to these folks' campaigns, at least you should have some idea of the worth of your investment.

I'll keep saying this over and over again: boycott the damned election in November. Strip the decaying system of its vestiges of perceived legitimacy. It really isn't that hard, when it comes right down to it.

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