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Who is triangulating now?

Obama votes the right way (in favor) of all amendments that failed to pass and the wrong way (legalizing warrantless wiretapping and sanctioning telecomm immunity) on the FISA bill while Hilary votes the right way. Amazing what not being burdened by presidential ambitions can do to your judgment. Dr. Lessig bemoans the recent missteps of the Obama campaign and I think he is being generous when he says that the campaign is self-swiftboating. Whether you are a “crank” that cares about the fourth and the constitution or a die-hard Obama-fan this does not bode well. He is effectively reneging on a promise he made to an important and vocal faction of his base and once again letting the Republicans frame the issue as a false choice between security and civil-liberties. You don’t stand a chance of winning a debate that’s framed by the other side. And as Dr.Lessig and countless others have pointed out this provides more fodder for the “flip-flopper” attack from the Republicans that the all-too-willing msm will lap up and repeat ad-nauseam.


July 10, 2008 Posted by | News & Politics | 1 Comment