As the bipartisan coalition blocked the Patriot Act’s reuathorization today, Bill Frist, always one to take the high road, accused opponents of being soft on terrorism, and refused to consider a short-term extension until differences can be worked out. John Kyl warned that opponents of permanent reauthorization will face political consequences come next November.
It’s pretty obvious what the GOP strategy is. It’s just as obvious what the response should be.
Every day, Democrats should bring to the Senate floor a proposal for a three-month extension, and let the Republicans vote no. When Alito’s hearings start, Deomcrats on the Judiciary Committee should refuse to move ahead and halt the proceedings in order to deal with “security issues surrounding the Patriot Act”–and once again, let the Republicans move NOT to consider it.
Let them vote no on an extension over and over again. Then hammer them with it.
If that gets a little boring, then Reid can call the Senate into closed session again to discuss security and anti-terrorism.
It’s pretty simple, actually.