Thursday, July 10, 2008

Filibustering FISA?

Back in October, it was obvious to his supporters on the "left" that Barack Obama would filibuster "any" FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act) bill that came before the Senate if it included immunity to for the Telecom companies. On October 23, 2007, this was said on behalf of the Senator and his position:
"Senator Obama has serious concerns about many provisions in this bill, especially the provision on giving retroactive immunity to the telephone companies. He is hopeful that this bill can be improved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But if the bill comes to the Senate floor in its current form, he would support a filibuster of it."

Obviously, Mr. Obama has had a "change" of mind because, yesterday, he voted for the FISA bill; with Telecom company protection and all (See Full Story). His former opponents in the run for the Democratic Nomination, i.e. Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd, stuck to their guns and voted against the bill. But, not Mr. Obama. He's so flexible. He's that left-wing caterpillar who has "now" emerged as the moderate butterfly! (On second thought... I think the analogy of a "wolf in sheep's clothing" is probably more appropriate than the caterpillar/butterfly concept.) Like he says about himself: "He is *change* you can count on!" And, he certainly does what he says!

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