Senator Calls For Media Attention To Jump Start Presidential Campaign
BIG headline today over at the HuffPo:
CENSURE - Senator Calls For Rebuke Of Bush Over Warrantless Wiretapping
Is anybody surprised that a Democrat would call for Bush's censure?
"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors," said Russ Feingold, D-Wis., a three-term senator and potential presidential contender.
First of all, why would Russ want to waste his time on a fight that he cant possibly win? This is just another feeble play to the media for attention. Few outside of Wisconsin have ever hear of Russ Feingold but if he is going to make a play for president in 2008, he needs to start getting his name out there. And this is what he came up with.
This isnt the right way, Russ, you are on the wrong side on this one.
Americans overwhelmingly support President Bush's decision to wiretap suspected terrorists operating inside the U.S. without first obtaining a court order - and a solid plurality believe those who leaked news of the secret operation are "traitors".
Asked whether the president "should have the power to authorize the National Security Agency to monitor electronic communications of suspected terrorists without getting warrants, even if one end of the communication is in the United States?" - 58 percent of those surveyed said yes.In a CBS/New York Times poll two weeks ago, 70% of respondents said they opposed monitoring of "ordinary Americans," but 68% would support monitoring of "Americans the government is suspicious of."
polling firm Rasmussen Reports asked, "Should the National Security Agency be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States?" Nearly two-thirds said yes; just 23% said no.
56% of respondents to a Washington Post/ABC poll around that time said wiretapping without court approval was acceptable.
ABC World News Tonight:
As you may know, starting in 2001 the FBI was given additional authority in areas like surveillance, wiretaps and obtaining records in terrorism investigations. Supporters said this was necessary to fight terrorism. Opponents said it went too far in compromising privacy rights. Do you think this additional FBI authority should or should not be continued?
Yes, should: 62%
No, should not: 37%
(it should be noted that ABC so disliked the results of this poll, they decided not to report it in their newscast.)
We are fighting a war right now, Senator. We know you dont support that war, but most Americans, regardless of whether or not they support the war, do support our govt keeping tabs on those who are dialing up known terrorists in Tikrit.
And then? They dont know. They've been driven by the same motivation for the last 6 years: Get Bush. They dont have any real ideas, they dont have any real plans to make the country better.
Cut and Run isnt a plan.