The performance of the Dems in Congress over the weekend in bowing to the will of Duhbya and his new revised "we really won't violate any laws or the Constitution this time" surveillance law really piss me off. Jack Balkin has a pretty good run down of the situation here. I won't rehash his points.
The Dems are so afraid of being blamed should something go wrong that they're afraid of doing the right thing. Well, guess what, geniuses? Next time something goes wrong, the GOP will blame you, doesn't matter whether you cave or not (if only they had caved faster . . .). Perhaps we need to send the leadership away for some Bene Gesserit training:
I must not fear.I'd like to say "I've had it" with the Democratic Party and that, metaphorically speaking, "I'm outta' here." But, realistically, there's no other option out there. The GOP is no better in terms of substance, tho' you have to admire their party discipline and willingness to back their man even when he's a deep in the shit as Duhbya is.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald has an excellent analysis about how the "Dems are soft on terror" theme blew up in the GOP's face last year. Which makes the Dem's capitulation even more infuriating.