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  •  He's a retired senator from New Hampshire. (17+ / 0-)

    He's in the New England mold of Republicans, which historically have been moderate conservative with a little bit of an independent streak.

    wiki:

    Originally a liberal, Humphrey said he converted to conservativsm because of "the force of my own logic".[1]

    In 1977, Humphrey became the leader of the New Hampshire chapter of Conservative Caucus, which had been looking for someone to head it up for months. Humphrey volunteered and began organizing signature-gathering for petitions and putting together well-attended rallies.[1]

    So, no, he's not a fringe Larouchie or Randite.  The Overton Window, however, has moved so far to the right, that he may seem fringe today, only because the lunatic fringe is now the center.  The Republican Party used to be much saner than it is today, and the Democratic Party used to be more concerned with human rights and freedom of the press than it is today.
    •  New Hampshire's always been more (3+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, Dumbo, Fogiv

      "libertarian" and anti-tax in particular than the rest of New England.

      Humphrey being a former senator doesn't make the programs, as disclosed, any more or less unconstitutional, despite what he says about "good grounding."

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 01:16:24 PM PDT

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    •  Even congressman James Sensenbrenner is appalled. (7+ / 0-)

      From today's Guardian story.

      The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.
      ...
      One senior member of the panel, congressman James Sensenbrenner, the author of the 2001 Patriot Act, warned the officials that unless they rein in the scope of their surveillance on Americans' phone records, "There are not the votes in the House of Representatives" to renew the provision after its 2015 expiration.

      "You're going to lose it entirely," Sensenbrenner said.

      I'm happy to make common cause with Mr. Sensenbrenner on this issue.  The Constitution.

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