I know Lew often links to Glenn Greenwald on the main page, but I just wanted to quote the great Glenn on Obama’s wholesale reversal on his campaign promise to oppose the FISA bill (so long as it had telecom immunity):
4:29 pm on July 9, 2008 Email Anthony Gregory
Obama’s vote in favor of cloture, in particular, cemented the complete betrayal of the commitment he made back in October when seeking the Democratic nomination. Back then, Obama’s spokesman — in response to demands for a clear statement of Obama’s views on the spying controversy after he had previously given a vague and noncommittal statement — issued this emphatic vow: “To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”
But the bill today does include retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies. Nonetheless, Obama voted for cloture on the bill — the exact opposition of supporting a filibuster — and then voted for the bill itself. A more complete abandonment of an unambiguous campaign promise is difficult of imagine.