March 13, 2006


Feingold Pushes to Censure President: Some Democrats Wary of Resolution On Wiretapping (Charles Babington, 3/13/06, Washington Post)

[R]epublicans pounced, practically daring Democrats to vote for the measure. "The big question now," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), "is how many of his Democrat colleagues will follow him over the cliff?"

In a floor speech introducing his resolution, Sen. Russell Feingold (Wis.) said: "When the president of the United States breaks the law, he must be held accountable." Bush, he said, "authorized an illegal program to spy on American citizens on American soil, and then misled Congress and the public about the existence and legality of that program."

Sensing a Democratic misstep, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) labeled the resolution a "political ploy" and called for an immediate vote, hoping to put Feingold's colleagues in a tough spot. But Democrats invoked Senate rules to postpone action, and it was unclear last night whether Feingold's measure would face a roll call.

Feingold, who is weighing a presidential run in 2008, is among the sharpest critics of Bush's four-year-old decision to direct the National Security Agency, without obtaining warrants, to monitor international phone calls and e-mails of Americans when one of the parties is considered a possible terrorist suspect.

Sure it's a 20%-80% issue, but that 20% is half the Democratic party, so it's great presidential politics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2006 10:47 PM

When Snarlin' Arlen tells you to put up or shut up, it's time to give up. Feingold looked like an out-of-touch hard left professor giving a lecture; if he really thought Bush was a law-breaking monster, he could at least have shown some spunk, like Robert Byrd (or Paul Wellstone) would have.

Posted by: ratbert at March 14, 2006 8:21 AM

Nothing touches the Democratic base closer to their hearts than an "out-of-touch hard left professor."

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2006 8:26 AM

It's not so much that they're crazy as that what they're willing to settle for is just so pitiful. In retrospect, they're turning the impeachment of Bill Clinton into a great Republican victory.

Posted by: David Cohen at March 14, 2006 8:28 AM

So, you're mocking the Democratic Party for getting on the 20% side of an issue, while supporting President Bush for getting on the 30% side of an issue (the Dubai/Port issue)? Is there some principle involved here other than "Bush is right"?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 14, 2006 9:23 AM

Isn't he?

Posted by: David Cohen at March 14, 2006 9:59 AM

Nor did the President get on a side--he just followed US law. As the Congress is discovering, that's going to force them to accede to the deal too.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2006 10:10 AM

Ratbert and OJ: Why do you think Carl Levin has adopted the look he has?

Posted by: Mikey at March 14, 2006 1:33 PM


I always wondered how he got to be Senator from MI without looking like a union guy. The senior House member (brain lock on his last name) looks like a Democrat from a union state. But Levin - he looks like he belongs at Yale, tripping over his notes, inspiring cadres of Hillarys, and blaming Hoobert Heever for his high heating bill.

Posted by: ratbert at March 14, 2006 1:39 PM

Ratbert: You're thinking of John Dingell.
Levin? With that look, he looks smart. I guess.

Posted by: Mikey at March 15, 2006 7:59 AM
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