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  •  Well, here's my letter: (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Sen. Feinstein:

    I don't expect you, as a self-styled "moderate" Democrat, to support Sen Russell Feingold's motion for censure of the President.

    However, I really wish you would. I have strong feelings about this and believe that the Senate is implicitly ceding far too much of its oversight power to an irresponsible and partisan President who manifestly lacks the competence to manage a war and the confidence of the American people. There are several very clear points on which I feel you should be obligated to support a censure motion:

    (1) The President admitted to conducting a domestic spying program outside the scope of FISA, despite knowing that FISA is the exclusive means of such surveillance inside the United States.  President Bush broke the law, and this is the only way this Republican Congess can hold him accountable.

    (2) The President admitted he did not brief the full intelligence committees. This is against the law.

    (3) We don't have to wait for an investigation before censure.  President Bush admitted to his crimes publicly. An investigation is needed, but that should not preclude censure at this time.

    (4) Andrew Jackson was censured in 1834 for refusing to hand over papers to Congress and assuming power not granted by the Constitution.  With his stonewalling of the investigation and by ignoring FISA, this is exactly what President Bush has done, and he should also be censured accordingly.

    (5) Finally, and equally important, the Republicans attempted to censure Bill Clinton on an issue that, while legally problematic and rather obnoxious to the general public, had the virtues of (a) not getting anyone killed; (b) did not involve an attempt to spy on American citizens; and © did not involve an attempt to circumvent the oversight requirements of the legislative branch. A BJ from Monica is, I would submit, a trivial matter by comparison to what Bush continues to do to this very hour.

    I frankly think every single Democrat should suck it up and get with the program here. It is time to draw a line in the sand. It has nothing to do with whether you're a "liberal" Democrat or a "moderate" Democrat. It has to do with endorsing the rule of law!

    It is simply unacceptable to hold Republicans in the Oval Office to a different standard of behavior than Democrats.

    And what exactly would you suffer by supporting Feingold? Bush is at mid-30's approval ratings! He's as lame as a lame duck can get! What, is Rove going to work harder to find you a stronger election challenger? As if he wouldn't anyway!

    Supproting Feingold won't make a difference to you, but it would make a difference to me and to many other voters in your state. We desperately need to make clear that Democrats stand for something other than "going along to get along."  

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