However, the deal between McCain and the White House, which most observers - including the ACLU - believe gave the President a great deal of what he wanted, will be brought to the floors of the House and Senate this week and political operatives on both sides will be watching with interest to see who says what during the debate, and how they vote when the debate ends.
The danger now has shifted from the GOP back to the Democrats. If the ACLU/George Soros/MoveOn.org wings of the Democratic party provide the best quotes, those quotes will be picked up and the Democrats will have painted themselves into a very risky political corner as being soft on terrorists.
The House and Senate want to get out of town by next weekend so they can go home and campaign and Republicans don't want this issue to be one which is left undone prior to November 7.
Speaking of being undone, former President Bill Clinton, for some reason, agreed to be interviewed by Chris Wallace for his Fox Sunday morning program and went off on a "I never had you-know-what with you-know-who" kind of rant. According to Brian Knowlton's piece in this morning's International Herald Tribune:
When the interviewer, Chris Wallace, asked Clinton why he had not done more to pursue Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, Clinton became angry.
Eyes flashing, he leaned forward to tap the clipboard in Wallace's lap and blamed "conservative Republicans" for trying to scare Americans and make terror an issue for political ends.
At one point in his answer, Clinton loses control completely and says, "You [sic] got that little smirk on your face; you think you're so clever."
Six weeks from tomorrow. It looks more and more like it is going to be a National Security election and it is not likely the Democrats can win control of the US House in that environment.
On the Secret Decoder Ring Page today: Lots of Links including the AP, the IHT, a brief backgrounder on the Burr-Hamilton duel, and a link to the video of the Clinton interview on Fox. Also a Mullfoto left over from the New York trip a couple of weeks ago and a Catchy Caption of the Day.