Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Censure This!!

I have been waiting to blog about this until events progressed a little and I could see if my hunch was right.

Senator Russ Feingold introduced a resolution to the senate to censure President Bush because of the whole NSA wiretap thing that the Democrats are using to try and make Bush look bad. However even they know that th is is going over the line.

Yesterday Feingold called his cohorts in congress cowards for not getting on the bandwagon:
"I'm amazed at Democrats ... cowering with this president's numbers so low," Feingold said.

The latest AP-Ipsos poll on Bush, conducted last week, found just 37 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed approving his overall performance, the lowest of his presidency.
Why won't the Democrats vote on this? The Republicans are ready to vote:
Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., tried to hold a vote Monday on Feingold's resolution but was blocked by Democrats. He said Tuesday that Feingold should withdraw the resolution because it has no support.

"If the Democrats continue to say no to voting on their own censure resolution, then they ought to drop it and focus on our foreign policy in a positive way," Frist said in a statement.
This resolution effectively jettisons the Democrats ability to play political football with this issue. Trying to censure the President in time of war just kills more of what little credibility they have left. If you will notice that the Dems have not tried to shut down the NSA wiretapping program. They can't do that without admitting that Clinton did the same thing many times and nobody had any problems with it back then.

The fact is they don't want to actually stop the program. They just want to point fingers at Bush and say that he is doing it wrong and violating people's civil rights.

They don't want to protect this Country, or Americans civil rights. They just want to bash Bush. The last thing they want to do is go on record as voting against ANOTHER national security measure. It just won't happen.

Update! I just saw this from the Washington Post:
Democratic senators, filing in for their weekly caucus lunch yesterday, looked as if they'd seen a ghost.

"I haven't read it," demurred Barack Obama (Ill.).

"I just don't have enough information," protested Ben Nelson (Neb.). "I really can't right now," John Kerry (Mass.) said as he hurried past a knot of reporters -- an excuse that fell apart when Kerry was forced into an awkward wait as Capitol Police stopped an aide at the magnetometer.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) brushed past the press pack, shaking her head and waving her hand over her shoulder. When an errant food cart blocked her entrance to the meeting room, she tried to hide from reporters behind the 4-foot-11 Barbara Mikulski (Md.).

"Ask her after lunch," offered Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines. But Clinton, with most of her colleagues, fled the lunch out a back door as if escaping a fire.

In a sense, they were. The cause of so much evasion was S. Res. 398, the resolution proposed Monday by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) calling for the censure of President Bush for his warrantless wiretapping program. At a time when Democrats had Bush on the ropes over Iraq, the budget and port security, Feingold single-handedly turned the debate back to an issue where Bush has the advantage -- and drove another wedge through his party.

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