What an embarrassing day for our Republic and for the political party I belong to. Authoritarian conservatives, lockstep support lawlessness, while the best that can be said of Democrats, is that around half of them still believe in the rule of law and in our rights under the Fourth Amendment to our constitution.
The absence of strong principled leadership within my party is truly disconcerting. What this vote may also suggest, is that Democrats were complicit with the Bush Administration in their violating the law, and therefore sought to cover their own tracks through the granting of telecom immunity. The checks and balances our constitution's framers sought to put into place, have disintegrated. Future law-breakers can just have laws passed that retro-actively legalize their actions.
In the words of my mentor Yoda, "how embarrassing."