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A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Like an oasis in the desert

It was an amazing thing to watch, this strange thing called "leadership." But there it was, this cool guy from Connecticut, his face getting red, saying "No, not this time!" He was saying it on the floor of the Senate In Washington.

And a few of his friends stood up for him -- Senators Kennedy, and Feingold, particularly, but generally he was on his own.

The opposing Senators he faced today got really red in the face, too. Their arguments for the bill were absurd distortions of the issues, avoidance of the truth about the illegality of the actual warrantless wiretap program, etc. The most absurd was the one accusing us "conspiracy theorists" of being fear mongers, trying to make people fear their own government, of all things. Talk about pot and kettle!

His compatriots were in Iowa, gathering next year's votes. Senator Dodd managed to gather some votes that truly mattered to our country's future today. Our public pressure appeared to aid this courageous man in one of the biggest fights of his career, because Senator Reid pulled the bill from the floor until next year.

If it had not been for this one man who exercised leadership at a critical moment, I might be writing a lament tonight. But I am relieved. I am no longer undecided. You have my vote, Senator Dodd, whether you have the required "electability quotient" or not.

Bravo. You are like a cool drink of water in the desert to us.

View my current slide show about the Bush years, "Millennium," at the bottom of this column.


billie said...

i keep waffling- dodd-kucinich-dodd-kucinich. it's a damned shame both can't be elected just on the notion that they are decent men and trustworthy. good on dodd.

Carol Gee said...

Coin-flips won't do for casting one's vote, huh? When is your state's primary?