Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Kevin Drum suggests that Feingold's censure resolution is poor political theater. He's probably mistaken, if only because he assumes that the bill is a partisan move. Almost certainly the real reason that Feingold has gone for censure is to play to the Democratic base in preparation for 2008, and in that he's been spectacularly successful.
That Feingold is pushing his own ambitions is no excuse for the Democrats who are running away from him as if he had avian flu. Censure is clearly supported by the facts - Bush has broken the law, done so repeatedly, and not offered even a hint of contrition. Instead, he's shown the usual mix of spin and outright lies, pretending that what's really at issue is whether Al Qaeda should operate free of surveillance. The evidence that censure would be a political disaster is nonexistent, given Bush's very poor approval ratings.
Even if censure is a bad political move, there are times to do the right thing and damn the politics. Democrats should be willing to stand up for the rule of law, even if there are negative political consequences. If they can't do so even when the consequences are likely to be neutral or favorable, what good are they?
Glenn Greenwald is also critical of Kevin in a widely linked post.