Democrats, according to Russ Feingold capitulated to Republicans and agreed to grant telecoms retroactive immunity and to expand authority for warrantless wiretap. Democrats appear to have lost a campaign issue with this and conceded to an unpopular position held by the minority party. It is very hard to imagine how this could have happened. This does little to avoid the image of the Democratic Party as a directionless whimp, lacking any sort of strength of leadership.
Democrates Capitulate: Agree to Retroactive Immunity