Matt Stoller is laying the groundwork to attack Democrats over FISA:

I’ve been kicking around the idea with Chris that we should raise the costs of bad decision-making on things like FISA, or when they fold to Republicans on the supplemental or (insert fight here).

It’s not much to put up some google ads criticizing these members for their position on FISA.  The way Google adwords works is that the ad will only show up for the search terms we select.  That means that if we select ‘Chris Carney’, then people searching for Chris Carney (PA-04) will see an ad criticizing Chris Carney for his vote on FISA.  And the people who are searching for Chris Carney are people who want to know more about Carney, like reporters, activists, and constituents.  We can even geotarget his state, so only people in Pennsylvania see the ad. 

I think that this is dumb for a bunch of reasons. The first one is that, on security, there is plenty of evidence, including this very fact, that we have a more conservative country. Second, is their example. Chris Carney represents a pretty Republican district. This was not a "wave" district (NH-1) or a "realignment" seat (CT districts). They guy that he defeated was strangling his girlfriend who was 20 years younger.

There’s another point. Stoller has picked an issue that, according to Rasmussen,  simultaneously divides Democrats and is unpopular:

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans believe that allowing the government to intercept such calls makes the nation safer. Forty-eight percent (48%) of Democrats agree along with 53% of those not affiliated voters.

This is the kind of thing that the class of 74 Democrats did that destroyed their coalition.

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