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  •  You and Eebee... (9+ / 0-)

    ...cancel each other out.

    It's not Dean's job to order around the Senate Democrats.  That's Harry Reid's job.  

    In fact, Eebee thinks that Dean, by doing this much, has overstepped his bounds.  I think not.

    Reasonable people can agree or disagree on censure -- especially if, as rumored, Feingold sprung this without giving Reid a chance to rally the troops for a vote.  (Then again, the case can be made that Feingold did this without warning precisely because he figured that Reid would try to talk him out of it.)

    But to go after Allard -- who by the way voted to impeach and remove wartime president Clinton over a sex act that was none of Allard's damned business -- for claiming that calling for Bush's censure is treason?  That's not only good politics, it's plain good sense.

    •  actually I don't think he's out of bounds... (3+ / 0-)
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      I think Dean's statement is about right on... he's keeping the attention on the issue and sticking up for Feingold's patriotism and integrity.  I just think he would be out of bounds, if he took a public position on on how Senators should vote on the censure resolution before the Democratic Senate leadership has decided.

      This statement is exactly his role.... keep the attention on how vile the Republicans are while the Senate Democrats work out what strategy they want to take.

      "Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." -- Adlai E. Stevenson

      by eebee on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:35:26 PM PST

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      •  and one more thing... (0+ / 0-)

        I will say that while I think this is the best Dean can do to support Feingold right now without overstepping, what I really wish is that he didn't have to issue a statement like this to provide distraction and cover for dithering Senators.  I wish Harry Reid and the rest had pulled out all the stops to support the resolution from the beginning.  Then Dean could have put his full-throated support out there too.

        "Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." -- Adlai E. Stevenson

        by eebee on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:39:14 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, he sounds like a real Democrat now. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Hackett/Sanders 08

        by dkmich on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 05:25:00 PM PST

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