March 14, 2006


The Feingold Resolution and the Sound of Silence (Dana Milbank, March 15, 2006, Washington Post)

Democratic senators, filing in for their weekly caucus lunch yesterday, looked as if they'd seen a ghost.

"I haven't read it," demurred Barack Obama (Ill.).

"I just don't have enough information," protested Ben Nelson (Neb.). "I really can't right now," John Kerry (Mass.) said as he hurried past a knot of reporters -- an excuse that fell apart when Kerry was forced into an awkward wait as Capitol Police stopped an aide at the magnetometer.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) brushed past the press pack, shaking her head and waving her hand over her shoulder. When an errant food cart blocked her entrance to the meeting room, she tried to hide from reporters behind the 4-foot-11 Barbara Mikulski (Md.).

"Ask her after lunch," offered Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines. But Clinton, with most of her colleagues, fled the lunch out a back door as if escaping a fire.

In a sense, they were. The cause of so much evasion was S. Res. 398, the resolution proposed Monday by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) calling for the censure of President Bush for his warrantless wiretapping program. At a time when Democrats had Bush on the ropes over Iraq, the budget and port security, Feingold single-handedly turned the debate back to an issue where Bush has the advantage -- and drove another wedge through his party.

Borrowing from Senator Paine, Russ Feingold's motto would appear to be that the only causes worth fighting for are lost Kos's.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2006 11:11 PM

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 15, 2006 12:31 AM


Posted by: Ba-dum-pshhh! at March 15, 2006 12:31 AM


How's that translate: Blogged, blogged, hugely deficient, approved?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 15, 2006 1:22 AM

It's just something I saw written on a subway wall. Or was it a tenement hall?

Posted by: ghostcat at March 15, 2006 2:14 AM

Out of the mouths of babes and Senators...

Is it just me, or is the US Senate really the world's most expensive insane asylum?

Posted by: Mikey at March 15, 2006 7:47 AM

Read somewhere yesterday (but don't remember where) that Congress has only two modes: do nothing and panic. Seems about right.

Posted by: Rick T. at March 15, 2006 9:42 AM

Is it true that Howard Dean is calling Feingold a 'traitor'?

This from the man who didn't think capturing Saddam meant anything, or that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, or that the US military won't always be the best (so let's start the decline now), or that white Christians are what's wrong with the USA?

The lefty sites must be humming today.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 15, 2006 5:06 PM

dean is trying to say that republicans called feingold a "traitor". just more mush from mr shrimpy

Posted by: toe at March 15, 2006 7:59 PM