They’re Just Like Us

A couple of days ago, my wife was on the computer while I was watching tv.  Out of nowhere she scoffs and says, “Hey.” “Yeah?” “Did you know Sarah Palin had a tanning bed installed in the governor’s mansion?” Of course I knew; my wife’s nowhere near as...

FISA While You Weren’t Looking

Politico’s Crypt blog provides some rather cryptic news on the ongoing fight in Congress regarding the telecom immunity provisions in FISA. If you’ll remember, when last we left this drama, the Senate had put forth a version of the bill that had immunity built in, meanwhile House Dems stood firm...

John McCain Of The Telecom Lobbyists

John McCain and Barack Obama are rhetorically similar in at least one aspect; they both campaign heavily on a platform that is opposed to giving too much power to special interests and lobbyists.  The problem with McCain is that he consistently fails to stand up to his rhetoric on this issue. We’ve...

The Only Thing We Have To Fear…

House Democrats earned for themselves some rare praise from Glenn Greenwald, someone whose obstinance I share when it comes to holding firm on retroactive immunity for telecoms and warrantless wiretapping in general.  As many of my readers know, I am one who firmly believes that one must pick and choose...

Just How Closely Is McCain Tied To “Special Interests”?

“Everyone says they’re against the special interests, but I’m the only one the special interests don’t give any money to.”John McCain, November 18th, 2007 It’s as natural a fit on something called the Straight Talk Express as anything else; a vehement opposition to the...