that politicians can't pull their heads out of power-soaked cloudland where they live long enough to realize that the shit snowden has revealed thus far is horrific, is the beginning of the end. either things will turn around and this will be the jumping off point or this will be forgotten as everything goes back to how it was.
i'm quite aware that the president does not rule by fiat and that this congress has been rather hostile. and he has done some things that i think are good and some (many) that i don't. to me, this tarnishes him forever. unless he somehow comes around on this, and i see no way he will do so, he's little better than bush jr. at the very least it proves all politicians are equal.