bush administration, keith olbermann, politics

McCain and Olbermann

I’m thinking the infighting with the Republicans over the McCain nomination can only help the Democrats at this point. Maybe the conservative media can get McCain to say enough things to make moderates blanch. Possibly everyone can repeat McCain’s exaggeration of staying in Iraq for “100 more years” enough times to make people care to not have another “war president”. Hopefully people will start calling McCain on all his changing positions, both to the left and to the right, depending on the situation. I know most politicians do this, but his is an extreme case at times to the point that he is now not going to vote for a the immigration bill he helped write.

Especially in light of the Keith Olbermann clip, and now this article a few words should be said about the Protect America Act. [Do you ever wonder who makes us these titles? They’re all so misleading.] Olbermann said it best, so you should watch the clip.

Indeed, Mr. Bush.

The primary job of any president is to protect us.

Not just those of us who own Internet and Telephone companies all of us.

And even you, Sir, with your intermittent grasp of reality, even with your ego greater than a 100-percent approval rating… even with your messianic petulance, even you could not truly choose to protect the corporations instead of the people.

I am not talking about ethics here.

I am talking about blame.

This is not a choice of protecting the telecoms from prosecution, or protecting the people from terrorists, Sir.

It is a choice of protecting the telecoms from prosecution, or pretending to protect the people from terrorists.

Sorry, Mr. Bush. The eavesdropping provisions of FYCA have obviously had no impact on counter-terrorism, and there is no current or perceived terrorist threat, the thwarting of which could hinge on an e-mail or a phone call going through room 641-A at AT&T in San Francisco next week or next month.

Because if there were, Mr. Bush, and you were to, by your own hand, veto an extension of this eavesdropping, and some terrorist attack were to follow, you would not merely be guilty of siding with the terrorists, you would not merely be guilty of prioritizing the telecoms over the people, you would not merely be guilty of stupidity, you would not merely be guilty of treason but you would be personally, and eternally, responsible.

Whole transcript here


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