Obama’s FISA Flip-Flop
Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008
It’s been really entertaining lately watching Barack Obama pretend that he’s a moderate and hasn’t changed any of his positions despite all the YouTube and print-media evidence to the contrary. Today’s FISA reauthorization/clarification bill is a great example:
Here’s an Obama spokesman’s remarks from a talking-points memo from October 2007 on the issue of the FISA bill which included retro-active immunity for the telecommunications companies who hooked-up America after 9/11:
“To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”
That seems pretty clear and direct. To reiterate, here is Obama’s Senate office in December of last year on the same point:
Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies…. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same.
Pretty heavy stuff… however, today Obama voted for the bill which contained that very provision which give retro-active immunity to those telecom companies. McCain nailed him on the flip-flop, which Obama subsequently denied was a flip-flop.
As it turns out (just to stir things up), She Who Must Not Be Named voted against the bill! The Lefties are going nuts and Rush Limbaugh has even quietly initiated his “Operation Chaos, Phase II” in order to give SWMNBN a chance at the convention and place some plants at the DNC in an attempt to take advantage of the disorder on the Left, which is increasingly feeling alienated from Obama. Obama’s vote was the right vote, but maybe too “Right” for the kooks out there who thought he was different.