On FOX News Sunday, Bill Kristol (who I have no love for) defended Russ Feingold's censure resolution and called it a smart political move, one that defining the warrantless wiretapping illegal. Brit Hume wins the honorary "Rove/Mehlman award" for spewing out as much GOP talking points as is possible in the smallest allotted time.
Kristol: I think Feingold has succeeded in casting a big cloud over the President's program.
Wallace: Do you think it's helping Democrats and hurting Republicans?
Kristol: Absolutely, as long as the charge is out there and not rebutted?
Hume: "That is absurd. No politician among those who have been thoroughly briefed on this claims the briefings were insufficient and vague Rockefeller does not claim that. Rockefeller has said many things about this program, but he has never said that he wasn't fully briefed that I know of."
As Judd points out, Rockefeller did raise concerns:
Rockefeller: "Clearly, the activities we discussed raised profound oversight issues I feel unable to evaluate, much less endorse, these activities without more information I simply cannot satisfy lingering concerns raised by the briefing