This one is, I suppose, about human nature rather than politics.
I am fairly outraged myself at the current FISA "compromise". But the bricks that are being shat here because Senator Obama hasn't forced members of the House to vote it down are getting to me.
There are legal limits to what kinds of arm-twisting a member of one house of Congress can do to members of the other, and there is no reason for anyone to believe that Senator Obama is failing to do everything he can.
Remember the Jeremiah Wright hoohaw? I do - it was the initial speech Obama made in response to that that made me decide I was going to vote for the man. There was a lot of kerfuffle about that - that he wasn't doing anything, and what he was doing wasn't fast enough.
There is STILL a lot of crap going down about the "secret Muslim" canard. My apologies to our Muslim cohort, but for the people who keep talking that up, it IS a canard. Muslims around the world are stating the case very calmly - some of his ancestry is Muslim and his childhood included Muslim influences, but when he was of an age to choose for himself, he chose Christian. Me, I think we should take the man's own word for his faith, funny name or not.
The Midwest floods - ten minutes after the news broke, there were diaries up calling for Obama's head because he wasn't on air ranting about the wastefulness of failing to pay for infrastructure repairs. Go on his website and check what they were preparing - a much more practical use of his time, I think.
I could continue for a fairly long time on this, you know. Before I get to the right-wing idiocies.
I think Senator Obama will be present when the vote on FISA comes up in the Senate, and I think he is and will be doing everything he can within the scope of what is legal and honorable to prevent its passing.