It wasn't exactly Bad Day at Black Rock, but pretty darn close.
The incredible display of both passion and, something not seen in the U.S. Congress in recent years, leadership, a dogged refusal to not cave in, stand up and say "No More", Senator Chris Dodd, and his threatened filibuster, forced the hand of Give'em What They Want Harry Reid this evening, with Reid tabling the FISA bill, containing retroactive immunity for the Bush Grindhouse illegal wiretapping accomplices, until next month.
From Crooks and Liars;
Logan Murphy made the vids and says:Matt Browner-Hamlin, Dodd Campaign Blogger: Constitution Protected...For Now
In his closing speech Dodd vowed to filibuster again in January if telecom amnesty is still part of the FISA legislation. This speech should be watched by every student, every member of Congress as well as all Americans who value their civil liberties. No matter which presidential candidate you support, you can’t get around the fact that this is what REAL, American leadership looks like. Bravo Senator Dodd, BRAVO!
Jane Hamsher: BREAKING: REID PULLED TELECOM BILL
Greg Sargent - Breaking: Reid Pulls FISA Telecom Immunity Bill Off Senate Floor
And, on another front ...
CREW STATEMENT: FEDERAL JUDGE DECLARES WHITE HOUSE VISITOR RECORDS SUBJECT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
Paul Kiel: Judge to White House: Nice Try
Yes, all those visits from Indian Activist Jack Abramoff, the other rightwing Soldiers of God, as well as who-knows-else to the Bush Grindhouse can now - possibly - be discerned.
Now, it ain't a done deal yet, as you can bet your private Social Security account, the Bush Grindhouse will lawyer this up long past the time they leave (preferably via indictment, or impeachment).
It's only one battle, not the whole shebang, but for tonight, bask in the glow of good triumphing over evil.
(I guess Orrin Hatch will have to sleep more nights with the boogeyterrorist under his bed)