Never underestimate the ability of our elected representatives to subjugate themselves to special interest and the Unitary Executive's threats of having their throats cut by imaginary terrorists.
As of right now, today, representative government in this country is dead.
Never mind showing up, take the rest of the year off, Bush can just have his secretary phone it in.
Senate Approves Surveillance Bill, Preserves Telecom Immunity
By William Branigin and Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, February 12, 2008; 1:25 PM
The Senate voted today to preserve retroactive immunity from lawsuits for telecommunications companies that cooperated with a government eavesdropping program, decisively rejecting an amendment that would have stripped the provision from a bill to modernize an electronic surveillance law.
Senators voted 67 to 31 to shelve the amendment offered by Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wis.). A filibuster-proof 60 votes had been needed for the amendment to move forward.
The vote represented a victory for the Bush administration and a number of telecommunications companies -- including AT&T and Sprint Nextel -- that face dozens of lawsuits from customers seeking billions of dollars in damages.
Just go ahead and spend your time deciding how you are going to spend the economic stimulus check the Decider is going to benevolently provide you with and forget about having a voice in the goings on in that the Big, Important People Place.
They aren't listening to you anyway.