This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

      
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Monday, February 20, 2006

Phone calls in order

from Steve Soto at The Left Coaster

"Roberts Came Very Close To Losing Snowe And Hagel.

In recent days, I have accused Chuck Hagel and Olympia Snowe for caving in to White House pressure by backing away from their earlier concerns over the illegal NSA spying program. It appears that there was more going on behind the scenes than just a simple cave-in. Tomorrow’s Post reports that after Andy Card tried to pressure Snowe against supporting an independent inquiry and a resolution calling for one by Jay Rockefeller, she and Hagel told Pat Roberts that if he tried to push through a vote to kill Rockefeller’s resolution, they would break ranks and support the inquiry. The news came as such a surprise to Roberts that he signaled his support for Arlen Specter’s proposal to refer the administration’s programs to the FISA court for a ruling as to their legality, and called off any further committee action until at least March 7th, by which time it is assumed that negotiations will have been concluded with the White House on greater oversight and the referral to the FISA court.

In effect, Roberts was forced to push through a cooling off period and recess, rather than push for an immediate vote that he and the White House would have lost, thanks to Andy Card’s arrogance."

Snowe, Hagel and Rockefeller need to hear that we support them in this. Pat Roberts deserves to go hunting with Cheney. We need to call him and let him know how cowardly and reprehensible we find his actions.


2 Comments:

Blogger Charlie said...

I've been please with the way Senators Snowe and Hagel have handled this issue. It cannot be easy for them to do (given the party pressure) but they seem to be donig the right thing.

11:59 AM  
Blogger via said...

Let's be sure to let them know we have their backs, and that a majority of Americans support them in this, too. Thanks for the comment, Charlie.

12:02 PM  

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