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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

RETREAT!!!

Russ Feingold's Censure stunt yesterday made for interesting watching on CSPAN, but evidently didn't endear him to his fellow Democrats.

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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8Comments:

Blogger Griz said...

Bob,
I apologize. I have so little time, that I don't always do or say the things that I should. This is a day off for me. So, I will right a past wrong and say what I should have said long ago.

You are a good friend to me. You say the things that I should say and you say them more eloquently. Thank you for speaking out for so many of us.

You are an asset to the world. That may sound overblown. But, I mean it. The value of good people in the human community should be noted.

9:03 AM  
Blogger NEO, SOC said...

I can't get emotional here. Must keep up the front!

Bob, did you see a white flag? If, one wasn't thrown; I don't think he'll retreat. Foot has been inserted into mouth without the removal option installed. LOL!

12:01 PM  
Blogger MDConservative said...

Well said! It will be the same as the Murtha situation. If my memory serves me, when the Patriot Act originally passed it was 98-1.

Who was that one sole vote that stuck out like a cancer in the Senate? Senator Feingold. The voters of WI should be ashamed of themselves!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

Rush had a great point today. The Dems are crying and whining about the wiretapping, yet no one on the other side of the aisle has made a motion to end the program. I wonder why that is?

3:30 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

You know, conventional wisdom right now is saying the ball is in the Democratic end of the court. They sure aren't acting like it.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Griz, thank you, I'm humbled.

Neo, The flag was when his party leadership had the resolution tabled for further review. Russ will keep talking about it, but they won't.

MD, yup, he was the one. He found 9 others for the renewal, but I think that vote should have told him where this resolution was going.

Wyatt-The reason is they read polls. They have to bitch to keep the left base of the party happy, but they know that if they actually tried to do something over 60% of the country would be against them on it.

Shoprat, they think it's a game of dodgeball obviously.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Checked out the links and they were great. I'm totally with you that this should be brought to the floor like the Murtha resolution. And once again they will be shown to be the fools they are. It never ceases to amaze me what dems will do for political posturing.

10:19 PM  
Blogger on-my-mind said...

I quit being amazed a long time ago....

2:53 AM  

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