Congressional Democrats hailed a president with low approval ratings by voting for the FISA overhaul President Bush wanted, according to both kos and the front page of the Huffington Post. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) deserves kudos for voting against the bill that Obama supported, writes Open Left's Matt Stoller, who wonders if she is trying to embarrass her former rival or is showing a new, less cautious side. Democrats, by caving in on FISA and making suggestions that they'll go along with Republicans on offshore oil drilling, are following a strategy just as ineffective as that of a teenager who commits suicide, writes Daily Kos's Devilstower.
Jackson, when he thought he was off the air, whispered into a hot Fox News mic that he'd like to castrate Obama for "talking down to black people." Obama should send Jackson a fruit basket for drawing attention to his centrist views about fatherhood and education, writes Marc Ambinder. Some conservatives will think that anyone who ticks off Jackson can't be that bad, according to Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner. But voters shouldn't forget that Obama has been condescending to other demographics, including "bitter" Pennsylvanians, reminds Townhall's Carol Platt Liebau.
Obama may have problems with formerly staunch supporters on the left. Some bloggers online regret donating to him now that he voted for the FISA bill, writes The Corner's Mark Hemingway. Obama already had a poor fundraising month by his standards in May, and Democratic donors could be running out of money to give him this late into the election, notes The Next Right's Sean Oxendine.
FROM THE BLOGS:
'Bowing' to Mr. 28 Percent - kos, Daily Kos
Clinton Votes 'No' on FISA - Matt Stoller, Open Left
Dems Prepare to Buckle on Offshore Drililng - Devilstower, Daily Kos
Jesse Jackson's Hot Mic - Marc Ambinder
Equal Opportunity Condescension - Carol Platt Liebau, Townhall
McCain on SS: Don't Get All Grammary on Me - J. Marshall, TPM
Missouri Looks a Lot Like a Swing State - Jonathan Singer, MyDD
60 Votes Matters: Today's Medicare Vote - Jonathan Singer, MyDD
Obama's Fundraising Cooked? - Mark Hemingway, The Corner
Obama Fundraising Petering Out? - Sean Oxendine, The Next Right
Congress and Internet: Like It's 1999 - Jon Henke, The Next Right
Senate GOP Needs Testicular Fortitude - E. Erickson, RedState
Complaint Over Obama's Sweetheart Mortgage - Calif. Yankee, RedState
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers - NYT
Candidates Use Iran Missile Test as Policy Debate - NYT
Obama's Ideology Proving Difficult to Pinpoint - Washington Post
Dramatic Kennedy Return - The Hill