State of Affairs

My angst over the impending failures of Democrats to win the FISA fight is compared positively to the angst Republicans at the National Review Online feel about the impending victory of John McCain as their party’s nominee. T Rex writes:

Okay, you guys know we’re probably going to lose the FISA fight, right? I was talking to a fellow blogger on the phone last night after it was announced that Obama had swept Georgia and I couldn’t help but be just a little excited, you know?

Well, my friend (who has been plunged up to his earlobes in FISA issues, tracking the tiniest movements between committees and members of Congress on the issue for months) was less than enthused. “Great,” he said, “I hope you enjoy tonight.” Although, his tone of voice was more, “Well, if you must believe the hype, I hope it brings you some small measure of comfort, since neither of these two candidates has so much as lifted a finger to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of the Bush administration…”.

I maturely shouted down the phone, “Phooey on you, Mr. Gloomy Sad-Sack McMiseryguts! Barack Obama is the BLACK KENNEDY! And he’s going to make EVERYTHING BETTER. He’s going to bring me a brand new Red Rider BB gun with a scope and a compass on the stock and a giant bag of candy, right after he parts the Red Sea for the Democrats, which he’s doing just to be nice because that man can just walk right on the water! Nyah, nyah, nyah!! LA LA LA LA LA! I can’t hear yooooou!”

Well, bleak as some aspects of our current situation may be, they’re still not as bad as they are for the Republicans, and far be it from me to refrain from laughing at their pain. And there’s no better place to do that than at the NRO’s blog, The Corner.

I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. I do feel good that the GOP is in such disarray, even as their nomination gets locked up. Comparatively, our nomination is a far more confusing situation, but hey, we all seem to like it. At the same time, though, my enthusiasm about our candidates has undoubtedly been tempered by their refusal to prioritize defending the Constitution and the rule of law in their campaigns and as Senators employed by the American people. Going far beyond the presidential candidates, the failure of Senate Democrats to set a stage that allows us to win is far more disheartening than the relative absence of Obama and Clinton. At least from an ideological standpoint, I trust that the presidential candidates are with me. I can’t say the same thing about Mr. Reid.

But hey, at least the GOP base is going to despise their nominee!

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