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Common ground

Didn't think it could happen, but here's some interesting positive news: Tea Party Republicans team up with liberal Democrats to block the renewal of key provisions of the Patriot act.

It's not over yet, of course. There'll be arm twisting and re-votes. But it's a nice start.

Update: Well, not the Tea Partiers, exactly:

You'll likely hear some media accounts saying that the "Tea Party" wing of the GOP was responsible for beating back the Patriot Act, but that's not quite true. Of the 26 Republican "nay" votes, only eight came from the massive freshman class, and many of those generally associated with the right-wing faction -- including Michele Bachmann and Allen West -- voted with the GOP leadership in support of the bill. Indeed, looking specifically at the 52 members of the House Tea Party Caucus, 44 of them voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act.

Tea Partiers, in other words, generally backed the bill, their rhetoric about "limited government" notwithstanding.

But while it wasn't Tea Partiers who were responsible for the outcome, it's extremely unusual for 26 House Republicans to blow off their leadership on a high-profile vote on anything.

By fnord12 | February 9, 2011, 9:09 AM | Liberal Outrage