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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