But, in recent weeks, someone must have added something to the water they're drinking up on Capitol Hill. Consider these two encouraging developments:
* Four Republican senators are a big part of the reason why President Bush has been rebuked in his my-way-or-the-highway attempt to reauthorize the Patriot Act without any safeguards for civil liberties.Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) said after the vote, "It took a lot of guts for a lot of people to stand up" to Stevens' legislative push.
* Today, Senator Stevens took it on the chin -- the A.P. called it a "stinging defeat" -- as the Senate rejected the Defense spending bill to which Stevens had added a provision authorizing drilling in ANWAR.
Does your senator have any guts? If you live in Pennsylvania, you have a truly gutless senator representing you.