Monday, March 13, 2006

Feingold Goes Over The Cliff

Democratic Senator Russ Feingoldis calling for President Bush's censure over the NSA terrorism surveillance program.

This is lunacy at its best.

For starters, the NSA surveillance progam is 100% legitimate, and a completely legal authority of the president under his Article II powers and the judicial precedent set forth in Truong and Hamdi. This has been discussed at length previously, and it only exhibits how little Sen. Feingold reads -- or at least how much he ignores.

But what is most startling about Feingold's rhetoric is the poor position it potentially puts the Democrats in. We are a nation at war, and if the Dems think that listening in on al Qaeda conversations is not helpful to the war effort, they are dillusiional and dead wrong. Republicans should welcome the debate on the GWOT brought forth by Feingold's accusations, because the Dems can't win it.

The White House offers its reponse to Sen. Feingold here.

Nonetheless, this move should be seen as a purely political stunt by a presidential hopeful only trying to further his poor chances at eletcion.

UPDATE:

Tim Chapman has the latest on the Feingold madness:
Democratic Senator Russ Feingold has introduced a resolution that would censor the President of the United States for "eavesdropping" in the wake of 9/11. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, moments ago, made a unanimous consent motion that the Senate vote on the resolution tonight. Maryland Democrat Paul Sarbanes rose to object to the motion. Frist then motioned to vote on the resolution again tomorrow. Sarbanes objected, saying no vote should take place on the resolution until Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had cleared the timing.

In other words, Democrats know this is a political stunt, without a chance of passage, but want to time it politically for maximum impact.

Later, Harry Reid took the floor to say he was offended that Frist would go to the floor and motion for unanimous consent on such an "important issue" without talking to him first.

Reid's two-facedness knows no bounds. Does he not remember last year taking the Senate floor and invoking Senate Rule XXI, thereby shutting down the Senate? When he made that parliamentary move to score political points over pre-war intelligence, he broke all Senate precedent by invoking the draconian measure without first seeking the compliance of the Senate Majority Leader as has always been done in the past.