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  •  CARPETBAGGER'S INSIGHT on Feingold Resolution (2+ / 0-)
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    Carpetbagger called some friends in DC to find out why so few senators are standing up for Feingold. Here's what they said:

    In brief,
    "First, a lot of Dems were bothered by the fact that Feingold took the party off-message. The DP World controversy was still reverberating, and congressional Dems had hoped to keep the momentum going this week ...

    "Second, there's a sense that Feingold helped bring Republicans together. As of last week, the GOP's fissures were showing and all the talk was about Republicans on the Hill exerting independence from the White House. Now, Feingold's resolution has pushed the GOP back together again ...

    "Third, there was not even a hint of party strategy on this ...

    "And fifth, one Senate staffer in particular said if Feingold wanted to push warrantless searches again, there were (and are) effective alternatives to a censure resolution. The staffer told me:

    "Rather than just rush to a vote, which would be stupid, we want to get Specter to hold a hearing on it in Judiciary where it has been referred. Imagine a hearing with a panel of experts discussing whether Bush's behavior deserves censure. Wouldn't that be much better as a first step then a rushed vote in which we lose and R's declare victory and say we were silly?"

    "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Albert Einstein

    by Brecht on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:38:22 PM PST

    •  Support and Punt (0+ / 0-)

      I don't understand this objection to the censure motion.  (Although I perfectly understand the pique at how it was done.)

      You publicly support the measure, punt a vote down the calendar, and push for an investigation in the meantime.  (And, if you must, lash Russ with a wet noodle behind closed doors.)

      When Olympia Snowe is caving to Rove to do the dirty work behind closed doors, fissures don't exist in any meaningful sense.  And I think we want them united behind the President.  The number 33 comes to mind.

    •  and furthermore, blah, blah, blah. this isn't (0+ / 0-)

      aimed at our post just my take on the dim senators.

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