Major, major kudos to Chris Dodd for pulling off an impressive win (if a temporary one) on the wretched FISA bill that would have granted retroactive immunity to the telcos. When it became clear that Dodd was serious about filibustering, Harry Reid decided to pull consideration of the bill until January. (Kind of a sorry commentary that Dodd was threatening to filibuster his own party. More on Reid’s appalling tactics from Greenwald.)
“Today we have scored a victory for American civil liberties and sent a message to President Bush that we will not tolerate his abuse of power and veil of secrecy. The President should not be above the rule of law, nor should the telecom companies who supported his quest to spy on American citizens. I want to thank the thousands of Americans throughout the country that stood with me to get this done for our country.”
And we, Senator Dodd, want to thank you. You could have stayed in Iowa, like Senators Obama and Clinton. Or in New Hampshire, like Senator Biden. Instead, you set aside your campaign, went back to Washington, did your job, and accomplished something important in the process.
That’s leadership, folks. Like what you see? Why not send him a few bucks to thank him?