Thursday, July 10, 2008

File under "I told you so"

Of course I wasn't surprised in the least to read about that final Senate vote on the FISA bill, which gave Bu$Co what it wanted. It was only a matter of time, since the most crucial vote - the one that would have permitted a filibuster - failed. My favorite line so far is this:
Next step is to get some better Democrats.

Good luck with that. Personally, I wouldn't count on that happening any time soon. Instead, I would suggest accepting that the sorry performance of the Congressional Dems is as good as it gets (in large part because the bulk of them are on the same page as their GOP colleagues). In other words, as I said a couple weeks ago:
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.
The Rogues Gallery that I posted at that point in time is still up on the right-hand sidebar, and will remain in place for now. Those who had the opportunity to block the FISA bill, but refused, deserve to live in infamy.

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