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The ’08 Campaign and FISA

Wednesday, August 8, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Voters have to realize that elevating a Democratic president in ’08 means blinding the nation to the terrorist threat in January ’09. From The Hill:

Amid liberal anger over the Democrats’ eleventh-hour accession to the White House on expanded eavesdropping authority, civil liberties groups are pressing the majority to rectify the situation soon or face a political backlash.

The ire in the left-leaning blogosphere comes just days after Democratic presidential hopefuls courted the party’s “Netroots” at the YearlyKos convention. Whether the Democrats’ decision to allow a vote on broader wiretapping of suspected terrorists will significantly alienate their core supporters remains unclear, and may depend on whether the GOP-written fix to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is revised before its six-month sunset.

“We’re going to push very hard for Congress to fix this in the fall. We’re going to have high expectations for them to realize the damage they have inflicted,” Caroline Fredrickson, Washington director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said. “For the Democratic leadership, the fact of the matter is, this isn’t going to die.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has asked her Judiciary and Intelligence panel chairmen to produce a new FISA bill “as soon as possible,” signaling a renewed battle over surveillance in September. But liberal pundits and activists already are showing Democrats the political consequences of giving ground to the Bush.

The ’08 Democrats may just manage to out-stupid the ’06 Republicans. Championing terrorists’ rights is a guarantee of doing just that.

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