A reader writes:

You write:

The argument for judicial safeguards on wire-tapping is popular and important. It's a vital and simple precaution against abuse of government power. Until Democrats and traditional Republicans stop being craven in the face of the far right's bluster - until they get angry at the idiocy and un-American authoritarianism of the Hannity-Limbaugh-Giuliani right, they will lose, and deserve to lose.

Many of us have gotten angry, yourself included. The question is why our supposed leaders haven't. Why haven't any of them come forward and shouted "Because we're America, goddammit!" Do they think so little of us the public as to fear that no one would support them?

That's the question that makes me angriest. The question that keeps me up, though, is wondering whether they might be right.

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