Saturday, August 04, 2007

Cowards and Traitors

I don't have much to add to what everyone else has said about this, but I need to add my amen: the 16 Democrats who voted to give Bush yet more unchecked surveillance power are cowards (if you can't stand up to the Bush bunch now, when they're this low, when will you?) and traitors (willing to kick the already bullet-ridden corpse of our constitution to give themselves a bit of political cover). Calling these poltroons an opposition party is like calling coke an alternative to pepsi.

So what do we do? Not go the Nader route: we've seen how that ended. We have to challenge people within the party -- run believers in the constitution and proud liberalism against these villains in the primaries. Yeah, I would say every one of these Vichy Democrats--
Evan Bayh (Indiana); Tom Carper (Delaware); Bob Casey (Pennsylvania); Kent Conrad (North Dakota); Dianne Feinstein (California); Daniel Inouye (Hawai‘i); Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota); Mary Landrieu (Louisiana); Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas); Claire McCaskill (Missouri); Barbara Mikulski (Maryland); Bill Nelson (Florida); Ben Nelson (Nebraska); Mark Pryor (Arkansas); Ken Salazar (Colorado); Jim Webb (Virginia). (list from here)
--should be challenged in the next primary race. Otherwise we're going to "lesser of two evils" ourselves right into oblivion.

It's too bad. I really liked Jim Webb.

Until yesterday.

(Update: links added.)

1 comment:

Bedouina said...

It's just mind-boggling. I knew Feinstein was bad news. Sorry about Webb...

I never like it when people bray about "descent into fascism" but I am beginning to wonder if that's not what's happening here.

Did you see that Bush has signed a new law allowing the US government to confiscate the assets and property of those who "undermine the stability of the Lebanese government"? (See Josh Landis)

This makes me wonder if they'll take our house and 401(k) savings if they decide they don't like what I say about Lebanon on my blog.