How Quickly People Forget
Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 20, 2008
It’s been disappointing, to say the least, that Senator Obama hasn’t spoken out again, publicly and forcefully, against the FISA telecom immunity fiasco that Steny Hoyer has decided must happen.
Yet, in answer to those who would gloat over this because they backed another candidate, Glenn Greenwald reminds us that there is another powerful Senator and major presidential candidates who has done somewhat less:
I remember a few months ago, when the Senate was preparing to vote on amnesty and FISA, and we had to force statements out of Clinton and Obama. Both of the statements they issued were vague and non-committal, and I and many other bloggers were extremely critical of both. In response, Obama almost immediately issued a much clearer and more committed statement. Clinton never did. Were you yelling and kicking and screaming back then like you claim today you would be doing if she were still running? I don’t recall that.
Just a little reminder. (Here’s another one.)
UPDATE: Some people are saying “Yeah, so what? She’s not the nominee.” Well, Obama isn’t either — he’s just the presumptive one at this point. Back in February, Senator Clinton was the presumptive nominee. She had promised the month before to oppose telco immunity.
Instead of whipping up support for the immunity-stripping FISA bill amendment, she didn’t even bother to show up for the vote. Obama at least managed that — during the height of the primary battle — and managed to vote for the immunity-stripping amendment.
So when you hear people saying that the results on FISA would have been better if Hillary was in Obama’s position: Well, not so long ago, she was in his position, and she did have the chance to use her position as presumptive nominee to mobilize opposition to immunity. Instead, she didn’t even bother to show up for the vote.
Neither Senator has covered him/herself in glory on this. But you can’t pretend that Senator Clinton was or would have been better on this than Senator Obama, because she’s already shown that she wouldn’t be — and wasn’t.
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