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“Liberal” Blogs Hushing Up on the Patriot Act (When they Should Be Loudest)

True as of right now:

# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Daily Kos: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of the Huffington Post: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Eschaton: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Democratic Underground: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of TalkingPointsMemo: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of BartCop: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of AlterNet: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of AmericaBlog: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Liberal Oasis: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of GregPalast.com: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Pandagon: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Mahablog: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Ezra Klein’s blog: Zero
# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of The Brad Blog: Zero

All this while provisions of the Patriot Act are under consideration for another reauthorization, despite revelations that Patriot Act authority is being used for illegitimate purposes thousands of times every year.

You all cared about the Patriot Act when Bush was president, “liberal bloggers.” What’s going on with you now?

6 comments to “Liberal” Blogs Hushing Up on the Patriot Act (When they Should Be Loudest)

  • Republicans helped defeat it, it doesn’t fit their narrative of people needing to support Democrats or something horrible will most definitely happen.

    • Mmmm, I don’t know, Ross. DailyKos for sure is a partisan Democratic blog, and Huffington Post is thoroughly corporate, so I’ll go with you there. But Eschaton, TPM, Pandagon and Mahablog at least have been able to do the complicated thinking in the past that recognizes position matters more than party. Besides — and I know this doesn’t fit the narrative the Green Party (cough) needs — while the performance of the Democratic Party regarding the Patriot Act is not coherent as a whole, there is a core of very consistently anti-Patriot Act congressional Democrats. And when you say “Republicans helped defeat it,” that’s true in only a very, very limited sense. A few Republicans, but not the Republican Party, and the second time around only four of them. Both times around this week huge, huge majorities of Republicans voted for the Patriot Act’s reauthorization.

      • Alright, I admit I don’t even know most of those blogs. I should’ve been more clear. A lot of them (as in, Daily Kos, Huff Post (except in their Chicago section), much of Democratic Underground, Ezra Klein, for sure the Brad Blog, and I don’t know about the others) fall into that category of calling themselves progressives but not doing much beyond talking about Democrats to back it up.

        With the Patriot Act, the Democrats are by far better on it. But I think there are – and apparently this is less prevalent than I initially thought – some libertarian Republicans who DID help defeat it, although, like you said, much less than the overwhelming majority of NAY votes that were Democratic. Those Republican votes are of particular interest, though, because they show a new prominence of libertarianism (even though it’s not hugely prominent, and I’m talking about something closer to genuine libertarianism than the corporate co-opted Koch brothers version) within the Republican Party, something that progressives could certainly work with if they’re willing to get past feeling icky from talking to Republicans.

  • Tom

    Too bad the American sheeple will put up with just about any kind of political abuse by their corporatist representatives, puppet president and “for profit” justice system. Would have been nice if Bush II received the same treatment as Mubarak just got (then we probably wouldn’t even HAVE these abominations to our Constitution). So now we’re well on the way to a prison nation with no end in sight.

    When they didn’t get their way bending the rules for the vote on this piece of shit “law” they decided to try it again with a simple majority needed to pass it. How conveeeeeeeenient.

  • Tom

    And here is even more evidence of the stupidity at the top:

    http://climateprogress.org/

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