- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
- Ottawa day care suspends 2-year-old for ‘outside’ cheese sandwich
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
- Climate change could bring back smallpox, researchers say
- Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at N.Y. trial
Rand Paul pandering to GOP with NSA lawsuit, former Dem governor says
“Obviously the strategy is to appeal to the base. Rand Paul obviously thinks he has a leg up now with [New Jersey] Gov. [Chris] Christie’s problems,” the former Democratic governor said on MSNBC. “He wants to show the base he’s a fighter, that’s what suing the president is all about.”
While that strategy may win supporters in the Republican base, that together with his recent comments about the Clintons may alienate him from the larger body of likely voters, he said.
“It makes him look like a petty politician,” he said.
“This is more of a political action than an action that has a chance of succeeding on its own merit,” he said Wednesday on CNN.
The broad scope of the lawsuit misses the nuances in the case since the collection of metadata or other phone records may be constitutional in some cases, but unconstitutional in others. Still, the issue does have some legal merit, he said.
“It’s a serious legal issue,” he said. “But this is the wrong lawsuit by the wrong people.”
Mr. Dershowitz said a single person whose phone has been tapped who can prove he or she has no connection to terrorism would have a better shot in bringing a specific lawsuit and forcing a court to resolve the issue.
“The more people involved, the more general the lawsuit, the more excuses the court can find not to resolve it,” he said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Climate talkathon meant to raise awareness, spur action
- Democratic Rep. Meeks: Dick Cheney should 'keep his mouth shut'
- McCain: Putin will not leave Crimea
- Rep. Tom Cotton: I didn't learn entitlement chasing cattle
- Americans don't support sending U.S. troops to Ukraine
Latest Blog Entries
- Miss. GOP chair: Huckabee distracting from GOP's reasonable pro-life stance
- Commerce Secretary 'optimistic' about U.S.'s economic standing worldwide
- Less than half of registered voters would re-elect their congressman, poll finds
- Half of registered voters in Va. would re-elect Sen. Mark Warner
- 2013 was second most polarizing year of Obama's presidency
TWT Video Picks
- Hillary Clinton campaign received funds from Jeffrey Thompson
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Depth, distance reduce impact of California quake
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: 'We are going to crush them'
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- Atheists sue to remove 'Ground Zero Cross' from 9/11 museum
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS after months of talks
- CARNES: Kissinger's flawed and offensive analysis of Ukraine
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again