Say what you will, republicans aren't stupid. Huffpo is reporting that in just a few hours prominent conservatives will launch an effort to restore civil liberties
Now this is all well and good but it suggests to me that the democrats have failed to sufficiently position themselves as "small government" when it comes to this stuff. Aparently, though the new conservative package will try to "restore congressional oversight and habeas corpus, end torture and extraordinary rendition, narrow the president's authority to designate 'enemy combatants,' prevent unconstitutional wiretaps, email and mail openings, protect journalists from prosecution under the Espionage Act, and more.'"
Just makes me sad that democrats aren't associated sufficiently with these obvious populist positions.