The Politico gets the temperature
of the current negotiations on the surveillance bill and stresses the "unknowns." So while the signs
tend towards the final bill somehow containing retroactive immunity for the telecoms against those vicious lawsuits
, it's still not a sure thing.
But there was this choice section, where Senate intelligence committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) expresses befuddlement that Republicans have boycotted talks on a compromise bill. The president and leading GOPers have said
that it's the Senate bill or nothing so there's no use negotiating. From The Politico
Rockefeller supports the immunity provision the administration wants, but he said he was perplexed by the fact that the White House has skipped the meetings the Democrats have tried to hold. âI donât understand why the White House hasnât been more active in pushing the solution they want,â he said.
âItâs very strange.â
Of course, the Republicans and the administration have been
pushing with all their might (I guess Rockefeller missed this ad
... and Bush's every public appearance
for the past month). They just see no reason to go to the table, figuring that if they push enough, they'll get what they want.