The roll call for the Amash Amendment on NSA Surveillance
Here. Even though the good guys lost, the vote was unexpectedly close. (In Maine: Pingree, Yea (right); Michaud, Nay (wrong).)
The 205-to-217 vote was far closer than expected and came after a brief but impassioned debate over citizens’ right to privacy and the steps the government must take to protect national security. It was a rare instance in which a classified intelligence program was openly discussed on the House floor, and disagreements over the program led to some unusual coalitions.
Conservative Republicans leery of what they see as Obama administration abuses of power teamed up with liberal Democrats long opposed to intrusive intelligence programs. The Obama administration made common cause with the House Republican leadership to try to block it.
This is not over.
I'm going to call Michaud tomorrow and read the Fourth Amendment to him tomorrow. Asshole.
Oh, and Obama's officially a lame