So when I hear Senator Obama talk about that, I wonder which fights he wouldn’t fight.… It’s all this kind of abstract, general talk about how we all need to get along. I want to get along, and I have gotten along in the Senate. I will work with Republicans to find common cause whenever I can, but I will also stand my ground, because there are fights worth having.
Obama was in the Senate today, and voted against granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies that broke the law by letting the government listen to private citizens’ phone calls without a warrant. Hillary wasn’t there, and thus couldn’t weigh in on a simple question about the rule of law.
It’s a shame–the Dems trying to block telecom immunity and add surveillance oversight were badly beaten, and I’m sure Clinton’s 35 years experience and legendary ability to work for change would’ve come in real handy.
Warrantless wiretapping of US residents is wrong. It’s illegal, it’s unconstitutional, and the telecoms knew it. So does Hillary, so does Obama, and so does McCain. McCain voted to bless the criminal activities, Obama voted to hold criminals accountable, and Hillary hid from conflict.
Sometimes that’s wise. But not the day after pledging to stand and fight.