Another opportunity for Obama to lead
Senate Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they would not stand in the way of a compromise overhaul of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), despite their concerns with the impacts of the sprawling measure.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, said some Democrats are “not happy with that, but there may be enough to get a majority vote.”
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) predicted Tuesday that there is enough support within the Democratic Conference to approve a contentious overhaul of the FISA legislation.
“If the bill comes out as I think it will, it will pass,” Rockefeller said before heading to a conference lunch.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would not support the bill but added that he knows others will.
Sigh. I've just got to order Groundhog Day from NetFlix....
But there's still hope! As Matt Stoller wrote:
I think it's quite possible the Obama campaign and administration is going to be placed into a Google-like center of immense political and administrative power.
It's Obama's party right now. It will be for at least a few years, if he wins.
Indeed. And how important it is, when you have immense power, to use that power for good.