Democrats really got the wood taken to them on this one. They literally got nothing they wanted, endangered our national security and wasted a lot of time. The best part of the whole FISA/telecom debate is Sen. Obama’s blatant flip-flop on the issue (not that I want to distract from hopechangery).
Here is what Obama said on 12/17/07 “Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies and has cosponsored Senator Dodd’s efforts to remove that provision from the FISA bill. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same. It’s not clear whether he can return for the vote, but under the Senate rules, the side trying to end a filibuster must produce 60 votes to cut off debate. Whether he is present for the vote or not, Senator Obama will not be among those voting to end the filibuster.”
And on 6/25/08, “My view on FISA has always been that the issue with phone companies per se is not one that overrides security interests of the American people. I do want accountability, and making sure that, as I’ve said before, that somebody is watching the watchers.”