I haven't heard much about the FISA thing for awhile.
I understand skepticism, but Obama proved that he's smart and capbable of running a campaign full of nuance and rope-a-dopes. I would hesitate to bet against him when he says what his preference is, when he clearly has the power to get it.
Your completely unsubstantiated claims of being a longtime Democrat are equally as convincing as all the people who claimed to supported Obama in the primary but then decided that they had to follow their conscience and vote for McCain because Obama was an unproven celebrity candidate.
Rahm Emmanuel, not rocking boats? First of all, the guy is just a chief of staff and has no influence on policy. Secondly, he's known as a firebrand who will knock over your fruit cart if he doesn't get what he wants. Finally, would you rather Obama name a chief of staff that is a complete unknown in Washington and doesn't have a rollodex full of lawmakers and how to influence them?
...you're urging people to unsubscribe from Organizing For America because you've heard what amounts to rumors that you might not get everything you wanted from the eventual health care bill?
I don't buy it. Nobody who really believes in something folds this easily. If you were ever a part of OFA, I can't imagine that you ever did any useful work, because you must've quit as soon as you hit any snag at all. Or heard about a snag. Or thought there might eventually be one.
It's not your fault if you extend the olive branch and someone slaps it away. A good health care bill will bury the Republicans for two or three election cycles at least by itself, because it will inevitably prove popular, and all of the Republicans will have not only voted against it, but refused to honorably participate in creating it, even when Obama gave them the chance.
...you can get anything through the Senate with 50 votes plus the Vice President. I'm not sure what the specifics on reconciliation rules are, but if Reid has a spine (ha! I know...), then all we need is 50 for anything. There will be more hoops to jump through, of course, and Republicans can try to filibuster, making use of the loss of Kennedy (though I think I read somewhere that, if there are only 99 members of the Senate, you only need 59 to break a filibuster... someone should look that one up), but if we actually make the Republicans filibuster the old fashioned way, then chances are it will eventually go through.