Wednesday, December 28, 2005

What Are Those Pesky Liberals Up To Now?

Oh, where to start?

How about criticizing Bush for not doing enough to protect Americans while attacking him for doing too much to protect Americans.

Let me see, wiretapping terrorists bad; Photographing and fingerprinting innocent Americans like common criminals good and wholesome. Hm.

Howard Dean compared the president to George Orwell and said "Americans need a president who will keep them safe and enforce the law. We don't need a Big Brother."

Barbara Boxer, D-CA, has asked four presidential scholars to send their opinions about whether the president's actions justified an impeachment "as soon as possible."

Dianne Feinstein, joined Senate Democrats Carl Levin, and Ron Wyden, along with Republican "maverick" Chuck Hagel and "centrist" Olympia Snowe, in a call for the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees to investigate the wiretaps. Harry Reid and Republican Arlen Specter also want to schedule hearings.

Meanwhile, centrist democrats are getting nervous.

"Some centrist Democrats say attacks by their party leaders on the Bush administration's eavesdropping on suspected terrorist conversations will further weaken the party's credibility on national security."

"I think when you suggest that civil liberties are just as much at risk today as the country is from terrorism, you've gone too far if you leave that impression. I don't believe that's true," said Michael O'Hanlon, a national-security analyst at the Brookings Institution who advises Democrats on defense issues.
"I get nervous when I see the Democrats playing this [civil liberties] issue out too far. They had better be careful about the politics of it," said Mr. O'Hanlon, who says the Patriot Act is "good legislation."
These Democrats say attacks on anti-terrorist intelligence programs will deepen mistrust of their ability to protect the nation's security, a weakness that led in part to the defeat of Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, last year.
"The Republicans still hold the advantage on every national-security issue we tested," said Mark Penn, a Democratic pollster and former adviser to President Clinton, who co-authored a Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) memo on the party's national-security weaknesses."

Oh yes, centrist democrats are getting nervous. For good reason considering the fact that even a majority of their own party actually supports the President on NSA.

December 28, 2005 - Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.

Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.

Ouch, that's gotta hurt.

The only remaining question is, just how fast can a RINO jump from a wagon moving faster than the speed of sound?

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