Reid, Pelosi let Feingold twist in the wind
by skeptic06, Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:29:50 PM EST
I don't like to say I told you so. But I told you so.
AP rounds up the day's (in)action from the Dem side:
Throughout the day, Feingold's fellow Democrats said they understood his frustration but they held back overt support for the resolution.
And - from their generalissimo - what one might have expected:
Asked at a news conference whether he would vote for the censure resolution, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada declined to endorse it and said he hadn't read it.
Feingold's censure resolution drew empathy but no outright support from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi "understands Sen. Feingold's frustration that the facts about the NSA domestic surveillance program have not been disclosed appropriately to Congress," her office said in a statement. "Both the House and the Senate must fully investigate the program and assign responsibility for any laws that may have been broken."
Best to treat this - as with all encounters with the Dem hierarchy - as a teachable moment...
Update [2006-3-13 21:44:44 by skeptic06]:
The Post has a classic piece of knife-work from the consultant class:
Several Democratic strategists said surveillance issues are not Bush's most vulnerable spot, and they fear the party may appear extremist. "It is more likely that a big censure fight would have the effect of rallying folks to his side," said one Democratic strategist and former Clinton aide. "While some in the Democratic base want retribution for what happened to Clinton," the adviser said, "I think there is a larger reluctance to try to remove people from office."
Smaller minds may nitpick such matters like censure has bugger all to do with removing people from office.
But the supreme arrogance and condescension towards lesser mortals can best be appreciated when viewed in the round. With a sickbag handy.