Nancy Pelosi shoves one of the biggest loads of bullshit ever by saying "We could either pass this law, or one with BROADER powers..."
Let me say it again:
There was a third choice -- pass the version without immunity.
And a fourth -- DO NOTHING. Wait the 6 months until some real democrats take office in the November sweep.
So why all the panic? The recent special elections that shocked the Repugnant's were all won by democrats in very "red" districts in spite of incessant fear mongering and attack ads. The swift boaters made dame sure everyone knew the opposition was anti-Iraq war, anti-telecomm immunity, anti-bush...
And they STILL won.
So why did the so-call "democratic majority" fold?
Speculation is that Nancy is covering her own ass, as well as the well appointed asses of her psuedo-democratic collegues. That they realize that, if the telecomm companies and the administration were held accountable for their crimes both domestic and foreign, that their complicitly would make them accessories -- which it would.
Which explains the infamous "impeachment is off the table" comment -- only now, apparently the constitution is off the table as well.
Nancy, we will not forget this in California. In 2010 when you're fighting for your political life against a primary challenger that WILL come. You're a marked woman, and one that will be replaced by someone who remembers who they work for.
Pissed off as I am? Here are some handy resources for constructive venting. Be firm, be angry, but be polite:
Call Barack Obama and urge him to make a public statement reiterating his opposition to telco amnesty. His opposition could kill this deal: Phone (202) 224-2854, Fax (202) 228-4260
Call Steny Hoyer and tell the bastard this is a career limiting move: Phone (202) 225-4131, Fax (202) 225-4300
Call Nancy Pelosi and remind her that she's a democrat, and not a Nixonian bitch: Phone (202) 225-4965, Fax (202) 225-8259