It’s All About Poll Numbers

Senator Russ Feingold, of Wisconsin, introduced a Senate resolution to censure Bush for “unlawful authorization of wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required” by FISA. Apparently his resolution received the cold shoulder from his fellow Senate democrats, so he went into a snit and lambasted his collegues. He has been widely quoted in the media as saying “I’m amazed at Democrats … cowering with this president’s numbers so low,” Feingold said.

I certainly believe that congressional democrats and those populating the national democratic party are gutless and I believe that Bush should be more than censured; but I find Feingold’s statement to be an indication that he is little different from those he criticizes. Implicit in Feingold’s condemnation of his fellow senate democrats is the belief that cowering would be alright if Bush’s “numbers” were not “so low.”

Right and wrong, and such things as defending the citizenry from the development of a police state are not considerations for congressional democrats, or republicans for that matter. It’s all about poll numbers, even to Feingold.

None-the-less, at this point Feingold his is preferable to me over the others angling for the 2008 democratic nomination, unless Gore jumps in, that is.


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