Norm? Judas?

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The old warning went something like this, “Never get in a fight with a person who buys ink by the barrel.”

This civic-minded vandal with a taste for hyperbole has placed this bill in an alley off Pacific Avenue. He or she might buy ink by the printer cartridge, but point taken.

Apparently it’s a bit of unfriendly criticism of U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, who gave a hearty “Yay” Friday to approve House Resolution 6304, which is a renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The House bill renews the powers through 2012 and gives some immunities to phone companies who are alleged to have helped the government illegally spy on U.S. citizens. The resolution would also give the government expanded powers to wiretap foreigners without warrants.

The measure was approved 293-129, with the majority Democratic caucus splitting nearly down the middle.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, voted against the measure.

It now goes to the Senate, where a certain presumptive Democratic presidential candidate has indicated he liked the measure.

So … it remains to be seen if Senate leadership will put the House Resolution up for a vote “as is,” but if they do, and Barack Obama votes for it, can we expect fliers around Bremerton calling him Judas?

The other problem this agitator will face is now that he/she has played the Judas card, the only cards left are the Stalin, Hitler and Satan cards. After that, what next? There’s only so many overblown, hysterical names you can call people with whom you disagree. My advice to direct-action provocateurs: pace yourselves.

Here is the Tacoma News Tribune‘s roll call list:

YES: Baird, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers, Dicks, Reichert, Smith.

NO: Inslee, Larsen, McDermott.

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4 thoughts on “Norm? Judas?

  1. I saw one of those at 6th and Washington today, and while I was too busy trying to drive to actually see who was on it… I just naturally assumed it was Bill Richardson. Of course, after that thought I decided that Bremerton was more behind on the news than I had previously thought.

  2. Binion here:

    So after you realized it was Norm were you pleasantly surprised how quickly Bremerton vandals reacted? The vote was taken just last week – That’s a good reaction time. Many Americans don’t have a clue who their congressman/woman is. In this case, our friend the vandal 1) disagreed with Dicks 2) printed out stickers or whatever and 3) started damaging other people’s property within days. Man, the city gives us 15 days to pay parking tickets, and that’s still not enough time for me.

  3. …another reason why some of the best potential public servants will NOT run for office. Very few want to endure the nasty attacks.

  4. In front of Norm’s office in DC there is a congressman that has a pro-organized labor bumpersticker in his door that says NAFTA + CAFTA = SHAFTA. It is a not so thinly veiled jab at Norm being the passing vote to pass CAFTA when he sided with the other side. We are very lucky to have him on our side and appreciate his influence. I’ve discussed some tech and commerce issues with his office and since he sided with Rep. Murtha on ending the Iraq war he has gotten my vote. Norm’s voting record on the big issues is mostly good but there is room for progressive improvement.

    Hey petitioning the government for an address of grievances is not just a first amendment right of the citizenry it is a responsibility.

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