Winner of the Cooler Heads Prevailing Award goes to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), who was quoted this morning as saying:
"We will do something this week -- but if we learned anything from right after 9/11, it's that the biggest mistake is to pass anything they ask for just because it's an emergency."And who would know better than Leahy? He agreed to co-sponsor the original Patriot Act, then looked on in horror as he watched Republicans use it as a vessel for repeated Constitutional violations.
UPDATE: And this is why we're not giving them carte blanche. Tucked neatly into the folds of the bail-out legislation is this nifty little gem:
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.Oh, hell-to-the-no.