After waging an all-out war against the Bush administration and leaders of his own party, Sen. Chris Dodd, achieved a legislative victory on Monday, halting President Bush’s attempt to rush a Senate vote on a bill granting retroative amnesty to companies accused of illegally spying on American citizens.
Dodd said in a statement:
“Today we have scored a victory for American civil liberties and sent a message to President Bush that we will not tolerate his abuse of power and veil of secrecy. The President should not be above the rule of law, nor should the telecom companies who supported his quest to spy on American citizens.”
Halting the amnesty bill was also a victory for the netroots, which ferociously backed Dodd’s legislative strategy and pressed spineless HarryReid, who ultimately backed down by announcing he would delay the vote until January. Over half a million people lobbied against the bill via email, Democratic bloggers rallied support and pressed the presidential candidates.
MoveOn targetted specific Senators to back Dodd’s efforts.
Sen. Chris Dodd is a genuine American patriot and hero. He’s courageous and strong and embodies the values and principles of what it means to be a Democrat. If this presidential thing doesn’t work out for Dodd, perhaps in 2008 he could become the new Democratic Majority Leader?