Filibustering FISA

FILIBUSTERING FISA….So after a full year of allowing Republicans to filibuster every bill in sight by merely declaring their intent, Harry Reid has finally decided that he’s going to start demanding real filibusters from obstructionist senators. You want to stop a bill, then get out the phone book and start talking, boys and girls.

And who’s the unlucky target of this newfound show of backbone? Fellow Democrat Chris Dodd, it turns out. If someone can explain this in words that make sense, I’d sure like to hear it.

Mark Kleiman suggests that Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton, if she’s also willing) should make a statement by leaving the campaign trail and returning to Washington to stand together with Dodd on his filibuster of the FISA bill. I wouldn’t count on that happening, but it’s a good idea. It would be nice to see one or both of them showing a little leadership on this.

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