Friday, June 20


I wonder how many other progressive Obama supporters are going to find this a deal-breaker.

UPDATE: Obama backer Russ Feingold is not happy.

“The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration.”

Within 48 hours, Obama has reneged on two of his central planks, public financing of campaigns and telecom immunity. Feingold said the former was "a mistake," because the general election aspect of McCain-Feingold is not broken, only the primary element.

That's two strikes, Russ. Reconsidering your support?

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