Feinstein and Lieberman: Two Peas in a Pod
Paul Kane at the Washington Post the other day asked if Diane Feinstein was "the next Joe Lieberman."
She's not the "next" Joe Lieberman, she's been his twin for years and I'm glad people are taking notice. Examples from the past five years, in reverse chronological order:
- 2007: Feinstein crosses the aisle to support the confirmation of Judge Leslie Southwick, despite strong objections from liberal and civil rights groups.
- 2006: She co-sponsors Sen. Arlen Spector's FISA bill which would have made it easier for the NSA to bypass FISA's requirement of a court order. According to her own description of the bill:
The bill would create a new authority that would allow the Attorney General to designate specified FBI and NSA supervisors to begin such emergency surveillance without a warrant so long as the Attorney General is notified within 24 hours of the commencement of the wiretap and approves the surveillance within three days.
She also supported the flag-burning amendment.
- In 2005, she supported inserting the anti-meth bill into the Patriot Act. I wrote then, "I'm not surprised. She's has as little in common with true Democrats as Joe Lieberman." If you're wondering why you have to show id to buy sudafed and other common cold pills, as if that will deter the manufacture of meth, she co-sponsored that part.
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