Chris Dodd, again, is out in front on an issue that is actually very important.
On a conference call with reporters just moments ago, Chris Dodd’s deputy campaign manager, Amos Hochstein, just vowed that the Senator will filibuster the Senate FISA bill containing telecom immunity later this afternoon for as long as he possibly can hold out.
“He will speak as long as he can,” Hochstein said. “He will speak until he can no longer.”
Asked how long he would be willing to stay away from Iowa, where he needs to be campaigining, Hochstein said: “As much as we’d love to be in Iowa, this is extremely important to the Senator.”
This isn’t the first time Dodd has led the pack on issues that actually matter right now, and about which some of the candidates (particularly those who are sitting Senators) can do something, instead of just bloviating. The big question is whether the other sitting Senators — Clinton, Obama, and Biden — are willing to leave Iowa to support Dodd in his effort.
This, by the way, is apparently a real, old-fashioned filibuster — my understanding is that Dodd is planning to talk nonstop. There’s only so long he can physically do that, so if the other Senators were there to back him up, it’d be nice.
By the way, you can watch the Senate debate on CSPAN.
UPDATE: This excellent post on DKos tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the intricate Senate procedures surrounding this thing.