WASHINGTON (AP) - A liberal Democratic senator who is considering a White House bid in 2008 said Sunday he is seeking to censure President Bush over his domestic eavesdropping program…. Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a longtime critic of the Bush administration, said he hoped a censure would cause Bush to apologize for the warrantless surveillance that he put in place on his own after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Well, all I can say is that it’s about damn time. While I would prefer to see a push for impeaching Our Glorious Leader, censure is certainly a good place to start. If nothing else, it would go a long ways towards thoroughly f—king up the legacy that the Prevaricator in Chief seemss so concerned with these days. While his inept, dishonest, and insensitive management of the war in Iraq is certainly a compelling argument for impeachment, it will never happen in the Republican-controlled Senate, who, when given the word, will gladly bend over and grab their ankles for Our Glorious Leader.
A censure motion may not get far, either, but it is refreshing to see a Democrat display a functional set of cojones, standing up and demanding that the Senate do the right thing. Republicans have been whining about the NSA’s warrantless wiretap program since the program came to light, but while a few will make some noise, no Republican will risk running afoul of Our Glorious Leader and his Right-wing storm troopers.
It will be interesting to see if Feingold’s efforts will bear any fruit, or if Republicans will succeed in painting him as “just another bitter Left-wing nutjob with an anger-management problem.” While I’m not going to hold my breath, I am relieved to see a Democrat, a member of the Loyal Opposition, raise his voice in a demand for accountability. A step in the right direction…or merely Bad Political Theather? Stay tuned….