Thursday, April 06, 2006

Republican Fifth Column

On Mar. 12, 2006 Senator Russel Feingold (D-WI) announced that he planned to introduce a motion to censure the President for the illegal, warantless wiretapping of American citizens. Feingold's press release and fact sheet on the motion is available here; the full text of the motion is here. On Mar. 31, 2006 the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the motion. The only Democrats to show up for the hearing were Feingold and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-V T). The courageous Democrats who absented themselves:
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): Our own Spineless One
Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Joseph Biden (D-DE)
Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Other members of the Fifth Column include:
Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN): quoted in Bloomberg as saying "premature, and over- reaching, which often involves losing more than gaining", and in an AP story "It's an overreaching step by someone who is grandstanding and running for president at the expense of his own party and his own country".

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT): (also quoted in Bloomberg) said "I'd prefer to spend our time figuring out ways to bring this very important program of surveillance of potential terrorists here in the United States under the law", which would seem to concede Feingold's point that the program is illegal.

Those Republicans working to usher in the Imperial Presidency are no doubt heartened to know that, as the Republic is gutted, the above mentioned at least will not be standing in their way with arcane objections involving the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the rule of law, or the limits of executive power.

There are probably quite a few other Democratic quislings who deserve to be on the list above.

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