Last October, Barack Obama’s campaign spokesman Bill Burton said,
“Senator Obama has serious concerns about many provisions in this bill, especially the provision on giving retroactive immunity to the telephone companies. He is hopeful that this bill can be improved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But if the bill comes to the Senate floor in its current form, he would support a filibuster of it.”
In December, his office issued a written statement,
“Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies… granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster [blocking] of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same.”
Yet today, just eight months after he claimed to have serious concerns about retroactive immunity, and just six months after he claimed that same immunity undermines the constitutional protections of Americans, he completely flip-flopped and joined 68 other Democrat and Republican senators to pass the measure.
That’s right. There is no mistaking this one. There is nothing to refine with this one, it’s a blatant flip-flop of John Kerry proportions.