John Nichols (The Nation):
Arizona Senator John McCain did not bother to show up for Wednesday's Senate votes on whether to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to absolve George Bush of responsibility for initiating an illegal warrantless wiretapping program and to provide retroactive immunity to the telecommunications corporations that violated the privacy of their customers in order to collaborate with a lawless president.Howie P.S.: Barack, could you please tell me again the "why" for your votes? Richard Wolffe (senior White House correspondent for Newsweek magazine), Glenn Greenwald (contributing writer for Salon.com), Katrina vanden Heuvel (editor and publisher of The Nation magazine),Fred Chamberlain (secretary of the Boilermakers in Croydon, Pennsylvania, and a supporter of Barack Obama) discuss "Obama's Rightward Tack?" on WBUR & NPR's On Point (with audio). One topic they discuss is will disenchanted progressives vote for Nader, again? Meanwhile, the LA Times is reporting that "Democrats take Obama shift in stride." Markos chimes in with "Clinton, Obama, and FISA." Andrew Sullivan explains "Why I Can Live With The FISA Deal."
But that's O.K., Illinois Senator Barack Obama cast the votes that McCain would have.
Russ Feingold was speaking the truth about a moment in which the ACLU said the Senate was on the verge of passing "an unconstitutional domestic spying bill that violates the Fourth Amendment and eliminates any meaningful role for judicial oversight of government surveillance."
But Barack Obama did not want to hear it.