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The FISA wager I wish I had lost

A few days ago I offered to make a side wager about the Netroots Nation Convention.  Some say the convention, which was started by DailyKos and is now underway in Austin, is just the informal Democratic Party Convention.  I was betting that impeachment would be off the table and FISA would be off the table. No one took me up on that offer.

Today I see that unfortunately I was correct. The two subjects voted on by participants to be considered by the convention were (1) impeachment and (2) FISA.  In a speech to the convention today, Nancy Pelosi said going after Bush or Cheney just isn’t going to happen, but she was willing to throw Karl Rove to the wolves, by considering a–gasp!!!–contempt resolution in the House. Then she said the final blame for FISA rests on the House of Representatives.

She was next asked about the wiretapping bill, detested by many progressives. She said the House version was better than the Senate’s and blamed Senate Democrats for approving a version that “enabled the Republicans to send that bill to the House.”

Wait a minute. The House approved the bill first and then sent it to the Senate.  What on earth is she thinking of?  Looks to me like what happened with FISA in the Senate is on its way down the memory hole.

Then they went on to discuss the really, really important and politically momentous blogging issues, like the use of profanity on blogs.

So much for the Netroots Nation holding Democratic party leaders like Pelosi and Obama and Reid accountable for their lack of leadership on FISA.

There are days when I wish I hadn’t listed my blog as child-friendly, and this is @#&*%#! one of them.


2 Responses

  1. Agreed. DailyKos and its little Netroots Nation spinoff have become little more than Democratic pep rallies, tools for the transmission of official talking points, with very little original thinking or honest criticism.

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