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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Reid Killed the Patriot Act . . . Before He Voted for It

On December 16, 2005, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) boasted that "we killed the Patriot Act."

Today, the Senate voted 89-10 to renew the Patriot Act. Reid was among the "yes" votes.

If by "killed" Reid meant "supported," then in true Homeric fashion, what Reid said in December was true (and by "Homeric," I, of course, mean Homer Simpson).

Today, Reid offered this anemic defense of his "yes" vote: "Our support for the Patriot Act does not mean a blank check for the president. What we tried to do on a bipartisan basis is have a better bill. It has been improved."

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