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Pipe Dreams and Telco Schemes

June 25th, 2008 | by Jet Netwal |

In my various conversations with politically astute people, I generally raise my highest hope, which is that Obama will tap Feingold for veep. I’m secretly in love with Russ Feingold. He can park his principled shoes under my… erm, never mind. Anyway, every time I bring him up, I get the hallelujah chorus of “he’s too liberal” right back at me. Too far to the left? From lefties? What’s the guy proposing, outlawing automobiles?

Jesus, people. Is being the only guy to say, hey, the patriot act is a bunch of bull, too left? Is voting NO on the trumped up, illegal invasion of Iraq too “out there”? Is he too whack because he took a look at the Downing Street Memos and said George’s rational for war was bull? How about today, is Russ wearing tinfoil because he is filibustering the damn telecom immunity provision? (Crammed into the Iraq war budget along with Webb’s bill for vets, nice bit of political thuggery there. Who loves the troops again?)

It’s not like the Telco’s aren’t throwing cash at the pigs. Look what the House oinked up:

Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint gave PAC contributions averaging $8,359 to each Democrat who changed their position to support immunity for Telcos (94 Dems) - Maplight.org

 I’m sure that gravy train rolls through the Senate as we speak.

Russ Feingold thinks we need the fourth amendment. I happen to agree. We’ve met the enemy, and kids, it ain’t US. Aren’t you tired of being the suspect at large in OUR democracy? Feingold, Dodd and Wyden, with Reid’s support, are trying to hold the line. It’s a slim opportunity, since votes for cloture aren’t there yet.

However, that could change if the delay continues. And getting this to the recess means being able to get in a lot of Senators’ faces on their trips back home. In addition, there’s going to be a very short window in August where a ton of must-pass bills have to get through Congress, and throwing FISA in with that mess means that anything can happen. - Digby’s Hullabaloo

I can’t imagine the Senate without a ballsy guy like Feingold taking a daily stand. What would this country be like without him there? Where would we be now if NO ONE spoke up and said, this is wrong; it’s against, not for the people, this path is wrong for the country, and it is not legal under our constitution?  I shudder to think what our constitutional protections would be today without Feingold’s voice of reason and sanity.

I still think Feingold would make a hell of a veep. We’d have a team in the Whitehouse shoring the constitution up, restoring and protecting it from future assault. We’d have a real shot at a reinvigorated democracy, greater government transparency, and a potential shake up of an entrenched political clime that is stagnant, corrupt and inept. As powerful as that incentive is, I don’t think Obama can choose him.

I’m afraid we can’t afford the gaping hole Feingold’s departure would leave in a body that does not love the constitution like he does, and cares about the people even less.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Pipe Dreams and Telco Schemes”

  2. By Ken Grandlund on Jun 25, 2008 | Reply

    Feingold would make a good running mate, but I agree with you Jet that we need him more in the Senate than in the Exec branch.

    Despite being sidelined by the Democratic leadership and marginalized by their inaction, Feingold haas been and continues to be an example of what public stewardship is about.

  3. By Tom Harper on Jun 25, 2008 | Reply

    This is excellent news about Feingold filibustering the FISA bill. You go Russ!

    Every time I start to think the Democratic party is just one giant inert invertebrate, a spine appears.

  4. By Lisa on Jun 26, 2008 | Reply

    This is excellent news about Feingold filibustering the FISA bill. You go Russ

    He just twants to look tough but actually he won’t vote against it. Smoke and Mirrors.

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