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|Of Limousine Liberals and Leftist Libertines|
I suspect--better say "hope", given the current state of the Republican Party--that when all is said and done at the end of this election season, August 17th will be a date looked upon as the day the Democrats lost the "sure-thing" election of 2006.
And why? you might ask.
Exhibit A--a small idea, and one which I may be a little late in noticing; but it seems the Democrats are targeting WalMart as a centerpiece of their campaign for the Fall. This, despite the fact that the vast majority of middle class and poor families shop there. But, then, we needed the likes of Ariana Huffington and Barbara Streisand to tell us how bad it is to buy decent goods at relatively low prices.
Exhibit B--A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
Many others, including Powerline and Hugh Hewitt , have written learned and lucid analyses of the ruling itself, so I won't try to get into that particular theater.
But I do think this is a strangely good thing for the country. It may serve as a reminder, come November, that one party is serious about national security, and one party thinks terrorists deserve more protections than organized crime bosses. And, as for the plaintiffs in this lawsuit, which side do you think they support? Hint: the plaintiffs were the ACLU.
So, a couple questions for Ned Lamont, Bob Casey, Ed Perlumutter, and every other Democrat up for reelection this year.
A. Do you think Judge Taylor ruled correctly today?
B. Do you think the judge should have taken into account the five Appeals Courts' rulings that contradict her reasoning?
C. Will you sponsor legislation to give the government the power to try to intercept terrorist communications with individuals in the U.S.?
D. Will you return any campaign donations made to you by the A.C.L.U. for their role in blinding the U.S. government to threats from abroad?
And, quick, everyone, let's do some research and find out how much money the ACLU has given to which candidates, and start to hammer them with their association to restricting U.S. intelligence-gathering capabilities.