"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Editors at National Review on Russell Feingold & Censure on National Review Online

The Editors on Russell Feingold & Censure on National Review Online: "If it could be arranged, surely Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman would hug Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold right now. As the White House struggles to find its political footing, Sen. Feingold has offered it a handy crutch with his proposal to censure President Bush for the National Security Agency surveillance program. The Democrats had just concluded a successful two-week bout of eroding the president's national-security credentials with baseless attacks on the Dubai ports deal. Now, the party's Left apparently believes it's time to switch back to type and bolster Bush's national-security credentials by demonstrating the Democrats' own lack of seriousness in the War on Terror."

Feingold has done something that is good for himself and his"netroots" constituency, but ultimately not good for the Democratic party. "The censure resolution is so obviously overreaching that other Senate Democrats are keeping their distance, although Sen. Barbara Boxer says she could vote for it and Minority Leader Harry Reid thinks it is worthy of serious debate."

Feingold is the opitome of the "do nothing, or at least do-the-absolute-minimum, approach to the war."

I whole-heartedly agree with Hugh Hewitt who recently posted, "The charges made by Russ Feingold against the president --that President Bush committed criminal acts and violated the constitutional rights of Americans by ordering the NSA to conduct warrantless surveillance of Al Qaeda abroad contacing itts operatives in the U.S.-- are as serious as any that can be laid against any president. Even though Feingold's slander is absurd, it is still so serious as to require a public repudiation by Feingold's colleagues. Feingold is embracing the Wisconsin tradition of baseless charges and smears, but his Senate colleagues should not acquiesce in his neoMcCarthyism." That this should be brought to a vote to point out the absurdity and utterly ludicrous resolution that no one in their right mind would vote for. Further posting here.


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