Warrantless spying and the 2006 vote

How will it play? Nobody knows.

By Tim Grieve
Published February 8, 2006 2:19PM (EST)

How will the domestic spying issue play in the 2006 congressional elections? No one really knows, and the New York Times seems to have the proof.

New York Times, Feb. 8, 2006: "As for the politics, some Republicans say they are concerned that prolonged public scrutiny of the surveillance program could prove a distraction in this year's midterm Congressional elections, and the administration has worked to contain any damage by aggressively defending the legality of the operation."

New York Times, Feb. 8, 2006: "Many" Democrats said that their party "needed to move quickly to offer a comprehensive governing agenda, even as they expressed concern about who could make the case. Their concern was aggravated by the image of high-profile Democrats, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, challenging the legality of Mr. Bush's secret surveillance program this week at a time when the White House has sought to portray Democrats as weak on security."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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