Both the Washington Post, and Opinion Journal have articles today about Feingold's resolution, reaction to it, and why it's getting no support from the Democratic Party big wigs.
The Post story points out what has been said here, and about a billion blogs in the last 3 days about party support for the Censure resolution. The party bigs don't like it because, while they privately would love to beat Bush up with it, the public is behind the idea, in a big way. With only hard core liberals thinking the program is a bad idea, the resolution threatens to alienate middle of the road Democrats, and that all important "undecided" voter with mid-terms coming up.
Opinion Journal goes deeper with "The Impeachment Agenda", noting that folks like Barbara Boxer and John Conyers have tried to find out if there are impeachable offenses they could charge the President with. They bring the whole thing together with this ending note:
Which brings us back to Mr. Feingold's public service in floating his "censure" gambit now. He's doing voters a favor by telling them before November's election just how Democrats intend to treat a wartime President if they take power.While the Kosite's would love to have that debate, the truth is, if the GOP frames the election as being about the Presidents ability to defend the country, the polls show the Democrats won't do well. While his overall numbers are low, when the question of is he doing a good job protecting America from more terror attacks, it's always high.
Not only do they want to block his policies, they also plan to rebuke and embarrass him in front of the world and America's enemies. And they want to do so not because there is a smidgen of evidence that he's abused his office or lied under oath, but because they think he's been too energetic in using his powers to defend America. By all means, let's have this impeachment debate before the election, so voters can know what's really at stake.
The Daily Kos and Atrios, can't see past their own 0-17 record for supported candidates to realize it's a losing proposition. Evidently the guys at Gun Toting Liberal can't either, since they are all ga-ga over the idea.
Other Agenda Issues
Iowa Voice points out that Nancy Pelosi has started talking about the Party agenda for the mid-term elections. The only problem is that Howard Dean did that last month on Face the Nation, obviously Nancy missed that episode, since their agendas don't mesh.
The one common thread they have is pandering to union voters. While Pelosie pushed her agenda for easier unionization with the Communications Workers of America, last month Dean made sure the Teachers Unions understand that public education, and union teachers are on his agenda.
What the Dean/Pelosi disconnect shows is that the media has been right in bashing them for the last few months on a lack of a coherent message. At some point, soon, if they really do aspire to hold part of Congress after November, the leadership is going to have to sit down, and come up with the actual plan, and start getting it out.
In case they hadn't noticed primary elections have already started, and incumbents with little opposition could be pushing the new party agenda already. Those with opposition could be pointing to what part they would play in it, as a more senior member of the House or Senate.
Instead, right now they have people running in ever congressional district on their own agendas, with little tying them together to show how the party as a whole would run things. When the leaders to finally start pushing their agenda, some Democratic candidates are going to looking like they've changed their entire campaign strategy mid stream.
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Thanks to Don't Go Into the Light and PowerPundit for providing some inspiration for this.