Holiday gift: Reid pulls FISA bill

A win for Chris Dodd, the liberal blogosphere and civil liberties

By Joan Walsh

Published December 18, 2007 2:20PM (EST)

There's still plenty of potential for bad news when Congress returns to consider the new FISA bill, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to pull it, after Sen. Chris Dodd and others announced their intention to filibuster to stop its passage, deserves an evening of celebration.

Glenn Greenwald has all the day's drama here. Maybe by the time Congress reconvenes, some of the Democratic presidential candidates will have either reconsidered their priorities, or had them reordered by the voters, so Dodd will have more company in Washington if a filibuster is needed. Maybe it will give Reid time to figure out that he's the majority leader and doesn't have to cave in to Bush so routinely. Until then, we'll count this as a rare victory.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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