Some rust is starting to show on the mighty GOP political machine.
This time the House voted for revising the Patriot Act to limit the FBI’s powers to use anti-terrorism laws to search through somebody’s bookstore and library records. What I think this means is more congressmen and women see the writing on the wall. People are tired of divisive partisan politics and they want agreements instead of adversaries.
As the Guardian UK puts it:
Wednesday’s 238-187 vote came as lawmakers ramped up efforts to extend the Patriot Act, which was passed quickly in the emotional aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. When Congress passed the law, it included a sunset provision under which 15 of the its provisions are to expire at the end of this year.
Since the Patriot Act passed, liberals and libertarian-oriented conservatives have pressed for changes, citing privacy and civil liberties concerns. The administration has said weakening of the act would draw a veto from President Bush.
Uh-oh. Better get Maaco.