Here's how Glenn Greenwald puts it:
What is most striking is that when the Congress was controlled by the GOP -- when the Senate was run by Bill Frist and the House by Denny Hastert -- the Bush administration attempted to have a bill passed very similar to the one that just passed today. But they were unable to do so. The administration had to wait until Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats took over Congress before being able to put a corrupt end to the scandal that began when, in December of 2005, the New York Times revealed that the President had been breaking the law for years by spying on Americans without the warrants required by law.
Here are the Senate Democrats who voted for the bad bill today:
Bayh - Carper - Casey - Conrad - Feinstein - Innuoye - Kohl - Landrieu - Lincoln - McCaskill - Mukulski - Nelson (Neb.) - Nelson (Fla.) - Obama - Pryor - Rockefeller - Salazar - Webb - Whitehouse.
Last but not least, there are many Obama quotes to pick from on this to remember the history, but I'll go with this statement from his campaign from October 2007 that Greenwald cites:
To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.
What will be next?