What? A Democrat speaking plainly and courageously from a point of personal conviction? Are we in Bizarro World?
From Saturday's debate between Republican Senator Burns and his Democratic challenger, Tester, in Montana:
When it came to the USA Patriot Act, Burns called it a useful tool, saying it lets law enforcement fight terrorism with the same tactics used against organized crime. He said that people "need to be able to go to the movies or football games without worrying about being blown up. I don't think Mr. Tester understands the enemy," he said.Nice.
Burns said he also supported programs monitoring international telephone calls against those suspected of terrorism.
"He wants to weaken the Patriot Act," he said of Tester.
Tester sought to clarify:
"I don't want to weaken the Patriot Act, I want to repeal it. What it does, it takes away your freedom ... and when you take away our freedoms, the terrorists have won," Tester said.
He came back to the subject near the end of the debate, when Burns tried to link him to New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is, Burns said, pro-gun-control.
"With things like the Patriot Act," Tester said, "We'd damn well better keep our guns."