There’s nothing I enjoy more right now than breaking an egg into a bowl, gradually adding flour and maybe a touch of olive oil until I get a pliable mound with an outer surface that is smooth and not sticky, and then flattening the mound out with a rolling pin and flour until it’s thin enough for me to cut into ribbons. (No, I don’t want a pasta machine; I have an aversion to things that have only one use cluttering up my kitchen.) It doesn’t take that long, maybe just a little bit longer than it does to bring a small pot of water to a boil. Once the sheet’s rolled and cut, I let it dry a few minutes while chopping up a small tomato with onions, garlic, olive oil and such and putting it into a small frying pan to simmer off some of the water liquid. When that’s set to simmer, I take the pasta ribbons and drop them into the boiling water; within a minute; they’re floating on the surface, ready to receive the tomato sauce and a little grated cheese. Mmmm! It takes a little work, but there’s a sense of accomplishment at the end.
Speaking of which, I think we are all justified in feeling a sense of accomplishment this weekend. The telco/Cheney immunity bill, which was set to be signed into law weeks ago, has now been stalled repeatedly due to your efforts. It’s coming up again for a vote on Monday, the vote being whether to invoke cloture and kill off Chris Dodd’s filibuster of the bill.
Our goal is to get a few more Senators to vote ‘no’ on cloture Monday. Here’s what we can do right now:
As emptywheel reminds us, Bush/Cheney is pushing (and the press is apparently swallowing) the storyline that failure to back his version of the FISA bill will mean that bad evil ooga-boogas will get us and it will be the Democrats’ fault! Eeek!
Our job is to point out that the only real ‘protection’ the Bush/Cheney version of this bill will provide is for the buttocks of Bush and Cheney. By immunizing the telephone companies that went along with the illegal Bush/Cheney wiretaps, Bush and Cheney are hoping to keep their butts out of jail once they leave the White House. Here are the people who most need to hear from you:
Bayh (202) 224-5623
Carper (202) 224-2441
Inouye (202) 224-3934
Johnson (202) 224-5842
McCaskill (202) 224-6154
Mikulski (202) 224-4654
Nelson (FL) (202) 224-5274
Nelson (NE) (202) 224-6551
Pryor (202) 224-2353
Salazar (202) 224-5852
Specter (202) 224-4254
In addition, contact the offices of Senators Clinton and Obama and tell them to come back to DC and support the Democrats on this. As emptywheel says, they need to show leadership on this issue to assure those who face re-election in November (Landrieu and Johnson) that this vote will win supporters. And our presidential candidates need to lead those who have endorsed them (Bayh and McCaskill, among others) to do the right thing.
Point this out not just to your Senators, but also to your local media: Newspapers, TV stations, radio call-in shows, blogs, you name it. We can stop this — we’ve already kept what was supposed to be a lead-pipe cinch from happening weeks ago, and we’ll let them know that we’re still watching, even on a weekend.
And then go make yourself a fresh bowl of pasta. It’s good!