Cheap Seats is not exactly shocked that Edward Snowden decided to come out as the leaker who ripped the veil off the carefully tended image of Barack “Big Brother” Obama.
Cheap Seats, however, is less impressed that Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado’s contribution to the Senate Intel Committee, was one who tended to Obama’s image as a civil libertarian.
Udall has carefully crafted his comments to avoid direct criticism of his golfing chum Mr. Obama, even though there is but one president who has actively spied on Americans at home, leaving Cheap Seats with the impression that Mr. Udall is trying to find an out for his political ally in the White House and Sen. Michael Bennet’s best buddy.
Bennet, of course, has the Democratic Senate campaign’s purse strings and he could spend those campaign dollars elsewhere than with Udall next year.
Udall is no doubt looking to burnish his street cred with voters who might not like government run amok under Obama, but Cheap Seats has seen little evidence that Udall actually dislikes the oversized, sneaky government he and the Democrats have built.
Much of his family income comes from the Climate Reality Project (CRaP) — and Udall hasn’t repudiated the intrusive government that comes with putting down “global warming.”
While Udall is trying to look as though he’s taking a leading role in the takedown of Obama’s Big Brother spy program, it seems to Cheap Seats as though he’s more of bystander waiting to see whether Obama walks clear of the wreckage. After all, Mr. Udall has been on both sides of the privacy issue — and both sides of the Patriot Act.
In the meantime, Cheap Seats is expecting any moment to hear that Snowden will avoid an IRS audit — but only because he happened to be in the area of a drone strike ordered by a White House underling with absolutely no involvement by the president.