Democrats in Congress usually have a “thing” for privacy rights. Listening in on international phone-calls were one end of the conversation is a known or suspected terrorist? That’s bad. However, not all such intrusions are equal.
McCarthy-esque intrusion into the lives of folks working on Wall Street? Wielding the tax code as a weapon against employees who allowed the offer of retention bonuses to convince them to remain in AIG’s employ that they might carry the government’s water? How about a fishing expedition into the remuneration of Merrill Lynch employees by Andrew Cuomo? That, it would appear, is hunky-dory to the high mavens of privacy rights and civil liberties, death threats and hate-speech concerns notwithstanding.
Update (Jim): I would say its unusual when Dave and Chris Matthews actually agree on something.