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September 26, 2007

Diane Feinstein Disappoints Da Fi


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After receiving this notice about the unctuous Hans von Spakovsky and his proposed appointment to the Federal Elections Commission, I put on my good citizen cap and wrote to both of my senators. Since neither of them sit on the Senate Rules Committee, which is in charge of such matters, I decided to go one step further (harshly pruning my bloggish time) and email a few more notes to members of the committee. I picked Shumer, Dodd, Reid and Chair Diane Feinstein (no relation, I'm anonymous, remember?)

Here's the message that she, or her automotons promptly sent back:

Thank you for sending me your electronic mail message. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

Because of the volume of e-mail that is received by my office, we can only respond to email that includes a California postal address. Please resend the text of your e-mail message, including your postal address, and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Should you need additional information about the Congress, or my offices in Washington and California, please visit my homepage on the World Wide Web. The address is http://feinstein.senate.gov.

Thank you again for contacting me, and I hope you will continue to do so in the future.


Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

It seems to me that a lady in her leadership position might receive some mail that is not generated by her constituents. Fat chance I'll ever contact her again.

Yesterday Glenn Greenwald (via Matt Stoller) finished the job on DiFi, as far as I'm concerned.

Yet as Stoller documents -- based on his conversations with Caroline Fredrickson from the ACLU -- several key Democrats in Congress are actively working to ensure that this happens. Stoller notes that "The Senate Judiciary Committee is hamstrung by Dianne Feinstein, who prevents a majority . . . ." On issues of intelligence, judiciary and oversight, Feinstein really has become the new Joe Lieberman, repeatedly siding with the right-wing of the Republican caucus on key issues and thus actively enabling the worst abuses of the Bush administration.

Fortunately I have identified the perfect ecard response. BiDi

Photo note: American flag tacked up above sharpened points -- up to you to find the metaphor

Posted by Dakota at September 26, 2007 07:32 PM