It's stuff like this that can get a guy elected. Email from Chris Dodd:
Are you willing to go to the mat to restore the Constitution?A filibuster by a Democrat against the Democratic majority would certainly be interesting. It would also put the Democratic leadership and Congresspeople on the line in a vote. Can't you just picture a bunch of insurgent Democrat progessive candidate primary ads featuring a vote to immunize the telecoms?
Just last night, we heard there are plans to disregard Senator Dodd's intention to place a hold on a FISA bill that includes amnesty for telecommunications companies.
That would be a pretty extraordinary move, but Chris Dodd has pledged to stop this horrible bill any way he can.
So if the hold is not honored, he is prepared to go to the Senate floor and filibuster.
Rolling back the Bush Administration assault on the rule of law has been a major focus of Chris Dodd's work in the Senate -- and it's also a centerpiece in his campaign for President
The war between Democrats for the soul of the future progressive movement is going to get hotter as time moves forward. Think McCarthy vs. Humphrey. It's too bad it must go that way, but if it must it must.
On a related note:
Sens. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) were the only two no votes on the FISA bill that came out of the Senate intelligence committee late last night.