March 30, 2006

Democrats: Waiting Until The Time Is Right

Maybe the electorate is waiting until the fall to make up its collective mind, when the people can watch endless distorted attack ads on television paid for by special interests. Maybe that's what they crave, followed by a two-year presidential campaign decided by a couple of thousand rich people and a handful of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Right now the best thing President Bush and the Republican Party have going for them is the Democratic Party. God forbid someone should stand up and start connecting the dots, linking the permanent interests of urban America and rural America, pulling together the soccer moms and the NASCAR dads.

March 27, 2006

Feingold Is A Patriot

Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman came to Madison last week with an important message for his party's members in Wisconsin and nationally.

Mehlman said that, while he may disagree with U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold on particular issues, "I recognize Senator Feingold is a patriot and a good man."

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Feingold's Principled Stance Deserves Support

Once again, the Democrats have shown why they do so poorly in elections.

The recent resolution for censure of President Bush put forth by Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin illustrates the point, as no other senator has joined him in this effort to expose the crime of illegal wiretapping by this president.

One has to wonder why other senators do not rush out to join a senator speaking out about an actual crime. Isn't it the duty of senators to uphold the law, no matter which party they belong to?

Perhaps this explains why fewer than half of eligible voters go to the polls. They already know the game is rigged.

But every now and again, a patriot like Feingold shows up to do his job, and wouldn't you know it, he's the only one crying in the wilderness of a Congress that will let this administration do anything in the whole wide world its wants to.

As former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said recently in a speech, and I paraphrase, we are at the beginning of dictatorship, and it would be better to fix it now rather than later.

Looks like only Feingold is willing to act.

William Johnson

March 24, 2006

Election 2006 Is the Key

In the end, this issue is going to be resolved by the 2006 midterm election. If Republicans lose control of either the House or Senate, the investigations of the Bush/Cheney White House will begin. It won't be pretty. It will make dealing with lying about sex look like High School hazing. It will even make Richard Nixon look like a piker when it comes to staying within the law.

If the early polls are half correct, independent swing voters have had it with Bush. Democrats want no part of him. Moderate Republicans are keeping their distance; they are no longer willing to hold their noses and vote for him.

It will be up to the voters in this Fall's election to judge him, and to decide whether to sweep out of office those legislators who are preventing a full investigation of this matter.

But if this issue goes to court, Bush should worry. Even Republican-appointed judges would have to comprise their judicial integrity to rule in his favor.

Congress has the responsibility to provide oversight and to check the power of the president. This is our country. It is our Constitution. Feingold should not be the only one to stand on this serious matter. America is watching, and we don't expect him to stand alone.

March 23, 2006

Democrats, Excuses Excuses Excuses. Republicans, Lyres Lyres Lyres.

Myth-making and excuse-making on the Feingold Resolution

Counteracting negative reactions to censure with facts and frames.

In order to generate further support for the Feingold Censure Resolution, numerous bloggers are encouraging everyone to pay an actual physical visit to their Senators' local offices in order to urge support for censure. Anyone doing so is likely to encounter the two primary myths/excuses which have been concocted by Senators and others in order to justify their refusal to support the Resolution. They are both plainly false:

MYTH/EXCUSE NUMBER ONE: An investigation is needed before it can be known whether the President broke the law.

MYTH/EXCUSE NUMBER TWO: Republicans want this scandal to persist because it benefits them politically.
History is on Feingold’s side, even if Democrats aren’t

March 21, 2006

Republicans Release New Ad That Mischaracterizes Feingold's Censure Resolution

Republicans release New Ad that Mischaracterizes Feingold's Censure Resolution states, "A GOP radio ad falsely characterizes Sen. Feingold's censure resolution as reprimanding the President for pursuing Al Qaeda"

The nonpartisan, nonprofit, voter advocacy group has revealed several falacies in a new Republican advertisement that takes aim at Senator Feingold and his resolution to censure President Bush for the illegal wire tapping of American Citizens. monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

The GOP radio ad accuses Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin of proposing to censure President Bush "for pursuing suspected members of al Qaeda," which isn't true. Feingold has stated he supports wiretapping suspected terrorists. His measure would censure Bush for ordering wiretaps on US soil without a court warrant, for failing to notify all members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, and for "efforts to mislead the American people" about the legality of the program.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) released the radio advertisement on March 21. The RNC would not disclose how much they spent on the ad, but an RNC spokesperson said the advertisement is scheduled to run for a week on Wisconsin radio stations.

The ad characterizes President Bush as "working to keep American families safe," while accusing Sen. Feingold of leading Democrats who are "working against . . . efforts to secure our country." The ad claims that "Feingold and other Democrats want to censure the President. Publicly reprimanding President Bush for pursuing suspected members of al Qaeda." That is a false characterization.

You can read the complete analysis of the ad, the copy of the ad itself and the respective references at the following page:

Southern Maryland Online
The Republican Spin Machine is up and running.
Can you see Karl Rove’s finger prints?

If Senate Won't Vindicate Feingold, History Will

How can we know if a President isn’t abusing his authority to eavesdrop on American citizens?

We can’t, at least under President Bush’s sweeping claim of wartime executive power.

That’s the issue at the core of Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold’s brave and lonely attempt to censure President Bush. Feingold has never asserted that “we shouldn't be listening to al Qaeda communications” as White House Communications Director Scott McClellan falsely claimed. Feingold is challenging the President’s interpretation of the law and whether government can ever spy on Americans without a search warrant, even when Americans are communicating with someone in another country.

Such warrants aren’t hard to get. In 1978, Congress established special courts under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law recognizes that emergency circumstances often require immediate action and allows the executive branch to obtain a warrant within 72 hours of the search. Not only does the law strike a balance between national security and civil liberties, it also respects the balance between the executive and judiciary. America has a long and wise history of checking unlimited power of any single branch of government, especially when individual rights are at stake.

Even if the searches are legal, which many legal scholars vehemently dispute, there’s a public policy issue that goes beyond President Bush. Would Republicans feel comfortable giving a Democratic President this kind of clandestine power? What would keep a Democrat from eavesdropping on Rush Limbaugh hoping to uncover embarrassing information on Limbaugh’s prescription drug history or failed marriages? It was only 40 years ago when FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, unchecked by search warrants or judicial oversight, abusively wiretapped Martin Luther King, Jr. We can only hope that President Bush is limiting eavesdropping to genuine terror suspects and not gathering information on political adversaries exercising their First Amendment rights.

Nobody argues against eavesdropping on terror suspects. Nobody argues that warrants shouldn’t be classified or post-dated under exigent circumstances. However, it doesn’t take a pacifist to insist that a magistrate -- someone who doesn’t serve at the pleasure of the president -- review electronic eavesdropping requests. It’s not only the law; it’s the only way to conduct surveillance consistent with the Fourth Amendment. Senator Feingold is right to insist that the President honor both the law and Constitution. If Feingold’s fellow Senators won’t vindicate his stance, history will.

March 18, 2006

Feingold Is Right; Now Congress Must Fulfill Its Oversight Responsibility

Norman Stockwell: Feingold is right; now Congress must fulfill its oversight responsibility

A letter to the editor
Dear Editor: In Monday's paper you ran a story on Sen. Russ Feingold's efforts to call for censure of President Bush. "The president must be held accountable for authorizing a program that clearly violates the law and then misleading the country about its existence and its legality," said Feingold.

I agree, but I believe the responsibility goes further. Senator Feingold sits on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget and Intelligence committees, all of which have oversight components related to the conduct of the "war on terror."

It was revealed this week by National Public Radio reporter Jackie Northam that sitting in Guantanamo, Cuba not on U.S. soil are "more than 120,000 documents," which Major General Jay Hood says were "hastily inventoried, stacked up, sealed and then transported here to Guantanamo ... Frankly, it's just in the last year that we've been able to take a closer look at what we've got here."

This is either gross negligence or total incompetence. Why were these documents, if they are such valuable clues in the investigation of terrorism, remanded to hurricane-prone, tropical storage in a foreign country and not even examined for the first three years? Why were they not brought to a state-of-the-art U.S. forensics laboratory following standard investigative process?

If, in fact, this disrespect of process and just plain common sense is any indication, Senator Feingold and other privacy advocates have good reason to voice concern over the way in which the mountains of data collected through an illegal wiretapping program are being handled.

I applaud Senator Feingold's bold statements, and I call on Congress to truly fulfill its oversight responsibility to the people of the United States, by whom they were elected.

Norman Stockwell

Feingold Jumps 30 Points

A new Rasmussen Reports survey indicates that:

Initially, 22% of Democrats had a favorable opinion of him while 16% had an unfavorable opinion. However, knowing he advocates censure, Feingold's numbers within his own party jumped to 52% favorable and 14% unfavorable.

Oddly enough, the poll also finds that a majority of Americans oppose censuring President Bush. These numbers contradict another poll taken this week, which show that a majority of Americans are in favor of Russ' censure resolution.

Scott Shields compares the wording of the respective polls:

Rasmussen, known for being fairly reputable despite its partisan leanings, asks this question:

Senator Russ Feingold has introduced a measure to censure, or publicly reprimand, President Bush for authorizing the NSA wiretapping program. Should President Bush be censured for authorizing the NSA wiretapping program?

American Research Group's question was as follows:

Do you favor or oppose the United States Senate passing a resolution censuring President George W. Bush for authorizing wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining court orders?

Do with that what you will. I see a definite bias opposing censure in the first question, which would naturally slant the response. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle of those two results, however--which is still significant if you stop to think about it.

What does a right-leaning poll that says Democratic support for Russ has jumped significantly since the beginning of this week mean? I think Russ is doing something right.
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Sen. Russ Feingold, who I believe is running for president, said over the weekend he's pushing the Senate to censure the president over spying. Bush, he isn't worried about it, he knew it was coming. He'd been listening to Feingold's conversations for three months.

March 17, 2006

Democrats Attack Feingold

Despite an apparent defeat for Russ, there can be no doubt that he did what needed to be done. In so doing, he brought the NSA wiretapping issue to the forefront of the news cycle again--and unofficially put every Senator "on the record" for their position on the illegality of what the Administration has done.

This from a Raw Story exclusive:

Though all say they believe the program warrants "more investigation," several Senate aides rebuked Feingold for proposing censure. They say that his move had the potential to derail Democratic efforts to strengthen the party's image on homeland security issues, noting that a large part of the country believes the eavesdropping program should continue.

Pardon my French, but give me a fucking break. Instead of taking a stand with Russ on an issue as important as a sitting President breaking the law, Senate Democrats instead choose to hide behind polls--and what polls are they using anyway? This is their chance to back a censure--simply a rebuke and nothing more--to hold a criminal President accountable.

One longtime Senate aide was particularly scathing.

“Feingold’s grandstanding screwed the pooch and played into Bill Frist’s hands," the aide said. "Thank God Dems punted this down the field. Frist was going to force Democrats to vote on a resolution Feingold had kept a big secret and he would’ve split the caucus on an issue that needed time to get the whole caucus to support.

There is no excuse for this. After knowing for months about illegal NSA wiretapping, if the caucus can't get its act together and take the President and Senate Republicans to task on something so brazen, they have shamed themselves and our Constitution into irrelevancy.

Feingold fired back:

Feingold, defending his censure plan today on Fox News, said: “I’m amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president’s numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide…too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 and 2004. In the face of this, they’ll say we’d better just focus on domestic issues…Democrats shouldn’t cower to the argument, that whatever you do, if you question administration, you’re helping the terrorists.”

I sincerely wish that this lack of spine on such an important issue comes back to bite each and every "Bichey Democrat" in the ass.

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March 15, 2006

Feingold Censure Move May Give Bush a Boost on Security Debate

A Democratic senator's attempt to censure President George W. Bush over his eavesdropping authorization is getting a warm welcome from unlikely sources: the Bush White House and the Republican Party.
YOU COWARDS, YOU DEMOCRAT COWARDS the Republicans have you right where they want you. You Democrats are afraid of the Republicans you spineless good for nothing wimps. The Republicans are nothing but lying gangsters and you Democrats, are nothing but spineless, good for nothing wimps. Russ Feingold is the only true Democrat out of all of you. STAND TALL RUSS FEINGOLD, The rest of you can go to HELL! The Republicans are nothing but lying gangsters and they are robin us blind and all you Democrats can do is WINE. And when you spineless good for nothing coward Democrats wimps finely get someone to stand up to those Republican lying gangsters you COWARD OUT. I'm about as pissed off as a person can get but you know what Democrats, the Republicans are laughing at you.
Mr. Feingold...You Had Me at Censure
Senator Feingold is right you know, the President did 'plainly break the law' when he approved surveillance without warrants.
I don't want to get too into politics on this blog because, frankly, I don't have the stones for it right now, but I will say this:

The reason that the overwhelming American populace is so willing to allow our civil liberties to be the 'baby in the bath water', is because this administration has so easily replaced logic with fear - a fear that, again, for the vast majority (sadly), was already well established in the zealousy of a 'good vs. evil' mentality. Thanks religion!

As a social outcast, a title I accept with great pride mind you, I happen to enjoy learning about how this kooky human brain of ours works. The part of our brains that ignites fear, doesn't even bother with connecting to any thought process - the brain sort of figures if you are afraid, you don't have time to actually 'think', so you just...react. It's one of, it not the oldest parts of brain evolution and every animal on our spinning marble has one.
So, for me anyway, it stands to reason that the ease with which our once amazing nation is shitting themselves 24/7, is that we are all together a herd of zebra panicking because the big dumb head zebra snorted.

Okay wait...I just got lost in my own imagery here.
My point is, a good many Americans are NOT playing into this cave-man reactionary prompt and are actually THINKING. Mr. Feingold just had the courage to call it. And now all of his colleagues are getting antsy and cowering. Shameful.

Just Angela

March 13, 2006

You Cowards You Democrat Cowards

Feingold Draws Little Support for Censure

Democrats Distance Themselves from Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold's Effort to Censure Bush

Democrats distanced themselves Monday from Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold's effort to censure President Bush over domestic spying, maneuvering to prevent a vote that could alienate voters. Republicans dared Democrats to vote for the proposal.

You cowards, You Democrat cowards the Republicans have you right where they want you. You Democrats are afraid of the Republicans you spineless good for nothing wimps. The Republicans are nothing but lying gangsters and you Democrats, are nothing but spineless, good for nothing wimps. Russ Feingold is the only true Democrat out of all of you. STAND TALL RUSS FEINGOLD, The rest of you can go to …..!
You spineless good for nothing coward Democrat wimps, you left Russ Feingold out their all alone. If you Democrats think I am going to vote for anybody other then Russ Feingold you better think again! If this is an example of how you Democrats are going to run this country you can forget it. The Republicans are nothing but lying gangsters and they are robin us blind and all you Democrats can do is wine. And when you spineless good for nothing coward Democrats wimps finely get someone to stand up to those Republican lying gangsters you coward out. I'm about as pissed off as a person can get but you know what Democrats, the Republicans are laughing at you. I’m about ready to dump you!

March 12, 2006

Russ Feingold: Censure, Possibly Impeach, Bush

Sen. Feingold added, however, "I think we are required to do our job, to live up to our oath of office, and say, wait a minute - there has to be, at least as a first step, some accountability."

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California for Feingold '08: Welcome Texas!

California for Feingold '08: Welcome Texas!

March 11, 2006

Feingold Doing a Terrific Job
Sorry Mr. Tinder. Here's another letter from an out-of-towner who supports Senator Feingold's work. I live out of town now but have spent many, many happy years in Beloit.
I believe Senator Feingold is doing a terrific job as Wisconsin's senator. There is one time when I questioned his efforts: when he voted to confirm John Ashcroft to be Attorney General (despite strong Democrat opposition). Remember Ashcroft? He's the guy who lost his re-election bid to a dead man back in 2000. Russ Feingold supported Ashcroft's nomination out of principle. I have come to understand that principle and thank Russ for doing what he did.
I wonder how many of those who hold the radical right point of view remember that.
Daniel Fauth

Feingold on This Week
Sen. Russ Feingold will be a headliner Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on ABC News.
Feingold will appear with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
The two will discuss national security, port security and 2008 presidential politics. Both are testing the water for a possible presidential run.
The show airs at 9:30 a.m. on WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee. The time varies in other locales. See ThisWeek for more information.

Lineup for the Sunday TV News Shows

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" - Sens. Bill Frist, R-Tenn and Russ Feingold, D-Wis.; political satirist Art Buchwald.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.; Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sens. George Allen, R-Va., and Joseph Biden, D-Del.; retired Marine Gen. Bernard Trainor and Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent for The New York Times.

CNN's "Late Edition" - U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad; Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John Warner, R-Va.; Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean; former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; former Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Mike Pence, R-Ind.; opera singer Placido Domingo.

March 09, 2006

Sen. Russ Feingold, Standing Tall and Shooting Straight.

Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin has tapped a former campaign aide to Al Gore to help him begin the task of counting Iowa voters. The move is a sign the outspoken Democrat is seriously contemplating a run for president in 2008.

Enough of the D.C. Dems

Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I will not be supporting Senator Clinton because: a) she has no clear stand on the war and b) Terri Schiavo and flag-burning are not issues where you reach out to the other side and try to split the difference. You want to talk about lowering abortion rates through cooperation on sex education and contraception, fine, but don’t jack with stuff that is pure rightwing firewater.

I can’t see a damn soul in D.C. except Russ Feingold who is even worth considering for President. The rest of them seem to me so poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery they can’t even see straight.


Town Hall Style Meeting

Russ Feingold to Hold First Ever Nationwide Online Listening Session.

U.S. Senator Russ Feingold’s Progressive Patriots Fund announced today that Senator Feingold will hold the first ever nationwide online Listening Session this Friday March 10, 2006 at 10:30am EST.

“When I first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992, I promised to hold an open, town hall style meeting, or Listening Session, in each of Wisconsin's 72 counties, every single year.” Feingold said. “These meetings are one of my favorite things about being a U.S. Senator. They give me the opportunity to hear first hand what people are concerned about and, more importantly, they help me do my job better.”

In addition to the over 950 Listening Sessions he has held in Wisconsin, Feingold has held similar Listening Sessions in Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Feingold’s first ever online Listening Session will give people from around the country the opportunity to ask questions, say what's on their minds, or just see what others are talking about.
People interested in participating in Feingold’s online Listening Session can sign up at:

March 07, 2006

Why Feingold is uniquely qualified to end the Iraq War.

In order to end the war in Iraq, we need to work with the Iraqi people as partners to create a vision in which everybody --- Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, and other minorities -- can share. We need to create a culture of openness and participation in which ordinary Iraqis feel like they have a stake in the future of Iraq instead of the current situation in which they live constantly in fear of arrest or instant death. This is why I support Russ Feingold for President -- he is uniquely qualified to work across boundaries and bring people into the process. As President, he would engage in the same kind of crusade to maximize participation in Iraq that he has already through his campaign finance reform proposals and his refusal to accept huge campaign contributions at a time when everybody else was. Feingold understands how democracy ought to work as much as anybody -- after all, he was the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act. He would apply this kind of understanding to the Iraqi conflict as well.
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Feingold is a true patriot
Senator Russ Feingold is one the few representatives we have in this country that we can all be proud of. He truly is his own man.

The last I knew he was the only senator that had fully read what the Patriot Act says and knows how dangerous this bill is. The current administration in Washington is the most dangerous thing we as Americans face in this country.

It is a real shame what has happened in country in five short years. We need more people like Russ Feingold. A true patriot.

Michael Frazier Janesville,,,

March 05, 2006

U.S. Senator Russell Dana Feingold

U.S. Senator Russell Dana Feingold

Russell Dana Feingold (born March 2, 1953) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. He has served as a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate since 1993. Feingold is best known for his maverick voting and co-sponsorship of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act ("McCain-Feingold Bill"), a major piece of campaign finance reform legislation. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. His name has been mentioned as a possible candidate in the 2008 presidential election.

Early life and education
Feingold was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, to a Jewish family that had settled in the area in 1917. His father Leon Feingold was an attorney and his mother Sylvia Feingold was a worker at a title company.

After graduating from Joseph A. Craig High School, Feingold attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1975, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He went to Magdalen College at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1977, where he earned another Bachelor of Arts, and upon returning to the U.S. attended Harvard Law School, graduating with a law degree with honors in 1979.
Feingold Clicks with Blog Fans: New
Sen. Russ Feingold is the leading Democratic contender for president in at least two online polls. But Gallup didnt even offer him as a choice.

By Senator Russ Feingold:

Feingold 10th most popular politician: New

Senate squashes Feingold's filibuster of new Patriot Act: New

Why there are DINO's -- Exiting our comfort zone: New, Good
So, tell me again: Why settle for someone who would merely treat the symptoms when you can eliminate the causes?

Why I no longer support Feingold -- the divorce: Read the full story!