Harry Reid, crack negotiator.
Or maybe that should be "negotiator on crack." Thanks in no small part to Harry Reid's pussified attempts at "backroom dealing," the McCain Torture Act (©Matt Stoller, My DD) has passed in the Senate 65-34, and will be celebrated with a "star-spangled signing ceremony". Once again, Charlie Brown is stunned that Lucy would pull the football away at the very last moment.
Here's what allegedly went down:
Harry Reid traded away the right to filibuster the McCain Torture Act© in return for the right to bring four stillborn amendments to the floor of the Senate. (Someone needs to explain this one, since it translates to me as "Thank you sir, may I have another?") Reid apparently thought they had enough votes to get the Specter amendment, which would strip the habeas language from the bill, through. He thought wrong.
Why are Democrats, the opposition party, giving up their right to oppose? WHAT THE BLOODY FUCKING HELL IS GOING ON HERE?
Yes, I know that this bill doesn't have a rat's ass of a chance to make it past today's SCOTUS, but that wasn't what this was about in the first place. It was a blatant attempt at grabbing November 7 by the balls and squeezing really, really hard. It was Bush's attempt at retroactively pardoning all of his war crimes. And if the Democrats don't respond in kind in the next 30 days, touting themselves as the Anti-Torture, Pro-Soldier Party, we all might as well grab our ankles and wince with pain.
"Thank you sir, may I have another?"