Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Monday, December 17, 2007

We Are Through the Looking Glass . .

. . . and we are Alice (the pawn).

It is shocking to have Harry Reid present this version of the FISA bill today (2 months prior to it's expiring -- why the hurry, Harry??) and we have Democrats debating Democrats. We should for now on refer this as a 'Jabberwocky' -- or debating yourself as in a mirror. The Republicans (the crows) must all be wetting themselves laughing at us. Feinstein is an embarrassment defending retroactive immunity -- she says it should be up to a court to decide if the wiretraps were legal BUT she wants immunity for the phone companies -- it's Humpty Dumpty discussing semantics and pragmatics:

"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,' "Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't -- till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"
"But `glory' doesn't mean `a nice knock-down argument,'" Alice objected.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all."
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again.
"They've a temper, some of them -- particularly verbs, they're the proudest -- adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs -- however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That's what I say!"

Meanwhile the Republicans are sitting on the sideline, controlling the strings, laughing at us but ready to do a "booga, booga" and the spineless Democrats are falling for it AGAIN!
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

GAWED! Can't we throw ALL these bums out! The Democrats are woosies! What a mess.

UPDATE: 12-18-07

We had a temporary success. Harry Reid decided to pull the bill off the floor. Hurrah for Kennedy, Dodd, Feingold, Boxer and the others who spoke passionately to get rid of retroactive immunity and stand up for the Constitution but where were the others? Expect Reid to sneak it back once the political pressure lessens or we get distracted by another white woman in trouble or some other non-sense. Remember the Dudai Port sale deal? When we're not paying attention it will slip by.

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