Yeah, there’s perfect harmony and unity in the Democratic party today. They’re unified against one of their own.
Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold accused fellow Democrats on Tuesday of cowering rather than joining him on trying to censure President Bush over domestic spying.
"Democrats run and hide" when the administration invokes the war on terrorism, Feingold told reporters.
Why do you suppose that is? Could it be because the President actually has a plan to combat terrorism, a plan which has been implemented and is working?
Feingold's resolution condemns Bush's "unlawful authorization of wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required" by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The only regret we should have about this so-called “domestic spying” is that it wasn’t put in to play prior to September 11, 2001. In testimony at the trial of confessed Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui last week, details were given that nearly all of the 9/11 hijackers made calls from the U.S. to a single phone number in Hamburg, Germany.
Let’s suppose the White House, prior to 9/11/01, received a tip stating terrorists were planning on attacking the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, etc. One way to obtain information would have been to listen in on the dialogue exchanged in those aforementioned calls made to terror cells in Germany. What if the request for surveillance had still been tied up in the FISA courts on 9/11/01? Can you imagine the rhetoric from Feingold et al? “The President clearly violated his oath to protect this nation. A matter this pressing should not be bogged down in a bureaucracy of courts.”
Time is of the essence when it comes to National Security. Since Congressional Democrats have been consistently described as weak in such matters as this county’s security, they seem to be running for cover from the Feingold resolution.
Democratic senators, filing in for their weekly caucus lunch yesterday, looked as if they'd seen a ghost.
"I haven't read it," demurred Barack Obama (Ill.).
"I just don't have enough information," protested Ben Nelson (Neb.). "I really can't right now," John Kerry (Mass.) said as he hurried past a knot of reporters -- an excuse that fell apart when Kerry was forced into an awkward wait as Capitol Police stopped an aide at the magnetometer.
Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) brushed past the press pack, shaking her head and waving her hand over her shoulder. When an errant food cart blocked her entrance to the meeting room, she tried to hide from reporters behind the 4-foot-11 Barbara Mikulski (Md.).
"Ask her after lunch," offered Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines. But Clinton, with most of her colleagues, fled the lunch out a back door as if escaping a fire.
How fitting. The Democrat’s 2006 election aspirations to regain power, like Feingold’s resolution, seem to be going up in smoke.