As others have pointed out, Feingold is really pushing the censure issue not because he thinks it right, or because he thinks it would pass, but because he thinks it will give him some credibility with the Kosites who are the mouth of the party.
While he's pretty well know with the party elite, and the left elite, the folks on the street who protest against Bush don't know him well. So he needs some limelight, and what better way to gain credibility with the fringe noisemakers than bash Bush?
His actual party though, abandonded him, as the NY Times headline says "Democrats Beat Quick Retreat on Call to Censure President "(must register with NYT to read article)
Bill Frist, the majority leader wanted to bring the resolution up for a vote yesterday or today, however Harry Reid and other Democrats invoked Senate rules to table the vote for now.
Arlen Specter, the leading RINO in the Senate suggested that maybe the resolution should be introduced in a committee instead.
Here's my take, bring it up on the floor. Like the Murtha resolution of a few months back, Feingolds would get crushed in a vote. Which is why the Democrats, for all their bitching and whining about the President, don't want to vote on it. They'd be forced to put it on the record if they are SURE the NSA issue is illegal.
That's the last thing they want because inspite of all the complaints (from them) the public is behind the program, and already has a pretty low opinion of them.
Sen. Cornyn has a great take on this, READ IT!!! (h/t Charlie Sykes)
IowaVoice has Rep. Virginia Foxx's remarks on the Feingold resolution. It's a thing of beauty.
Senator Cornyn Links has been acting up, so here is what's on his website (cornyn.senate.gov):
Results of Feingold Censure Resolution (S.Res. 398): Day 2
Democrat co-sponsors of Feingold Resolution: 0
al Qaeda communications intercepted by Feingold Resolution: 0
Terror attacks prevented by Feingold Resolution: 0
- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee and member of the Judiciary Committee said, “I have taken a long and serious look at the legal authorities governing the NSA program that is the focus of this hearing. It is misleading to characterize the NSA program as some sort of broad-based 'domestic' spying on U.S. citizens. The NSA program is narrowly focused. It targets the international communications of al Qaeda in an
effort to connect the dots and prevent another 9/11.”
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