My explanation? 2001-2008 set the stage for an ultra paranoid security state, where spying is the norm. Stop complaining, Boehner - you’re just reaping the seeds your party’s previous administration sowed. If you want to fix it, fix it. You are, after all, the legislature. But you don’t want to fix it; you want to stymy any attempt at fixing anything (unless ‘fixing’ is codeword for ‘winning,’ no matter the cost to the American public).
I would say that this would be the chance for Republicans to stand up and demand actual smaller government by dismantling the unknown-cost-domestic-spying-apparatus, but we all know they don’t have the balls to.