I was ready to begin writing an epitaph, an announcement that the Republic should be declared legally dead. My only uncertainty was whether there was any point in ever writing another blog post.
But incredibly and improbably, the courage and fortitude of one man has brought a stay of execution for our comatose Constitution. Chris Dodd left the Iowa campaign trail to threaten a filibuster against the vile FISA bill Harry Reid insisted on bringing to the Senate floor, and it worked -- at least for now.
Blogs in general, and certainly this one in particular, tend toward criticism rather than praise. There are numerous villains who deserve scorn here -- Reid, Feinstein, even Ted Kennedy (who voted for cloture before arguing against the Intel Committee bill. But tonight I salute the gentleman from Connecticut. Thank you, sir.
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