OLBERMANN: How important is this effort to get Obama to filibuster or otherwise, you know, some rabbit out of some hat somewhere, FISA? If he doesn‘t, how much grassroots network support does he stand to lose if any?
MOULITSAS: Well, I don‘t think he‘s going to lose any support, I mean, let‘s be honest. I mean, it‘s either Obama or John McCain. So, we really don‘t have much of a choice, as far as a presidential election is concerned. I think what‘s at stake, though, is a lot of the intensity of support for Barack Obama. And he spent the last two years telling us how he‘s going to be the leader of the free world, not to mention the Democratic Party and this nation.
And, so, I think we‘re—there are people like us that are hoping to see some of that leadership in the next couple of days. He‘s also said, he also wants to be that person to put the hand on the Bible and promise to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and, again, he has a chance within the next couple days to show that in action.
I don‘t want to hear him talk about leadership. I don‘t want to hear him talk about defending the Constitution; I want to see him do it. And I think if he does, it will increase the intensity and level of support that he gets from base Democrats. If he doesn‘t, I think we may worry that he‘s just another one of these spineless Democrats who are more afraid of controversy and doing the right thing, than they are of actually doing the right thing.