Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Presidential Wing of the Democratic Party

If you look at the 78-15 vote on General Hayden's confirmation as head of the CIA, you'll notice something interesting. As the New York Sun points out, all sorts of people who have been critical of the NSA and the President's approach to fighting terrorism ended up voting for Hayden. All the brouhaha about the NSA's surveillance program of those communicating with Al Qaeda overseas and the program to data-mine from phone numbers fizzled out.
The 78 senators who voted to confirm General Hayden included nearly all the Republicans and plenty of moderate and even center-left Democrats. Senator Schumer, who has party-wide responsibilities at the moment, split with his New York colleague, Mrs. Clinton, and voted to confirm. We tip our hat to him; indeed the sweatband of our hat is getting frayed acknowledging Mr. Schumer's growing gumption. Senator Levin of Michigan, who has been a pest to the administration on national security issues, voted to confirm. Senators Biden, Feinstein, Lautenberg, and the Democratic leader, Senator Reid, voted to confirm. Senator Lieberman, locked in a Democratic primary battle with an anti-war challenger, Ned Lamont, voted to confirm, in a vote that shows he is no summer soldier.
Yet, those Democrats who are checking out a run for the presidency in 2008 made sure to keep faith with their netroots and voted against Hayden's nomination. Here is the list of those who voted against. Senator Specter was the only Republican to join them.

Bayh (D-IN)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Obama (D-IL)
Specter (R-PA)
Wyden (D-OR)
I guess that they figured that how they voted on this nomination wouldn't come back to haunt them in the general election, but they couldn't risk casting a vote for the man associated with these NSA programs despised by their leftist wing in the Democratic primaries. Such votes will cast the debate in those primaries over national security in a distinct light. Candidates will have a tough time showing themselves to understand that we are in a fight against those who wish to kill as many Americans as possible when they cast votes based on the hysteria on the left that sees violations of civil liberties in every move that this administration makes.