Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT.) showed real leadership yesterday. He wanted to hold the FISA bill. The bill that would give retroactive immunity to the telecommunication companies that illegal spied on Americans with the federal governments pushing. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, for whatever reason wanted to push the bill through. This brought a filibuster from his own party.
Senator Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat and presidential candidate, spent much of the day attacking the idea of giving immunity to the phone companies, and he took credit for the delay.
“Today we have scored a victory for American civil liberties and sent a message to President Bush that we will not tolerate his abuse of power and veil of secrecy,” Mr. Dodd said in a statement.
“The president should not be above the rule of law, nor should the telecom companies who supported his quest to spy on American citizens,” he said. “I thank all my colleagues who joined me in fighting and winning a stay in the rush to grant retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies who may have violated the privacy rights of millions of Americans.” (NYT)
Sen. Dodd is running for president and has 3 other Senatorial colleagues as opponents. Senators Clinton (D-NY), Obama (D-IL) or Biden (D-DE) could not be bothered with showing true leadership and joining Dodd on this very important vote. None of them could be bothered with actually doing the jobs they were elected to do–representing their constituents–instead focused on more campaigning.
As BooMan pointed out:
All three Senators said they support Dodd and oppose retroactive immunity, and all three let Dodd do all the work while they campaigned at his expense. (emphasis mine)
A shame…all 3 Senators had a chance to show some real leadership and instead chose not to.