Perhaps the president will grind his base down to the smallest nubbin of a demographic. Polls show his numbers are dropping.
If passed, this legislation will allow the federal government to spy on individuals' electronic communications without a warrant.
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Sarah van Gelder is cofounder of YES! Magazine and author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America. Follow her on Twitter: @sarahvangelder.