Last year, and earlier this year, I argued that the PATRIOT Act was more unpopular than Washington wags realized and that politicians out in flyover country were getting some mileage out of attacking the Act.
Well, here's proof. Last week Montana's endangered Republican
Senator Conrad Burns seized on an applause line Democrat Jon Tester
used in a debate - "I don't want to amend the PATRIOT Act, I want
to repeal it" - with a hack-ass 60
seconder about how the only thing keeping Osama's henchmen from
the citizens of Bozeman and Billings is the government's ability to
sneak into library records. Tester, who
presided over the state Senate's condemnation of the Act,
responded with one of the best ads I've seen all year.
Maybe there's something to this Libertarian Democrat stuff after all. That'd be nice.