The Senate passed the FISA bill, with telecom immunity, by a lopsided 69 to 28 vote. The New York Times calls it a "major expansion of government surveillance power," and notes that it's one more victory for George Bush, who has set a new record for a low approval rating. Barack Obama voted for the bill, and thereby telecom immunity.
Naive and puzzled as I was to see so many Democrats anxious to please the Bush administration, and to trample on the fourth amendment, I never considered the obvious - political payoffs. But, as this video report demonstrates, money talks.