Thursday, June 26, 2008

He's Just a Politician, After All

MSNBC Jonathan Alter, on Barack Obama's policy reversal and new-found support for the telecom immunity provisions of a FISA "compromise" bill that will shortly be debated in the US Senate:

It was only a matter of time before the left was disappointed in Barack Obama, at least in a limited way. No politician is ever going to do everything that somebody likes.

And I think some folks in the netroots in particular on this FISA bill who are, you know, pulling their hair out over this, they have to realize, he's always been a politician, he'll always be a politician, and politics is the art of the possible. And he's a legislator. He knows that you can't always get everything that you want in a bill, even if he personally believes that the immunity for Telcoms is a bad idea. The larger idea of the bill was important.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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