Back to the future
So, earlier this year, the Democratic Congress passed a bill that funded Bush's war with no strings attached. Word at the time was they were worried that if they didn't, Bush would accuse them of being "weak on terrorism."
Now, I see, via the NY Times by way of Digby, that the Democrats are preparing to give Bush additional wiretapping powers. Guess why?
Under pressure from President Bush, Democratic leaders in Congress are scrambling to pass legislation this week to expand the government’s electronic wiretapping powers.
Democratic leaders have expressed a new willingness to work with the White House to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to make it easier for the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on some purely foreign telephone calls and e-mail. Such a step now requires court approval.
In the past few days, Mr. Bush and Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence, have publicly called on Congress to make the change before its August recess, which could begin this weekend. Democrats appear to be worried that if they block such legislation, the White House will depict them as being weak on terrorism.
You have got to be effing kidding me.
Have the Democrats noticed that it is not currently 2002? That everyone hates George Bush, and that the Republicans tried the "Democrats are weak on terrah" line in 2006 and got their asses handed to them in the election?
These people live in a time warp. It's the only possible explanation.