Russ talks to Charlie Rose about his censure motion.
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Feingold: "The President got out and said basically, "tough luck," I'm going to do what ever I want to do here, whether it's within the law or not. That to me demands a response and I decided that we had to look at the possibility of letting the President know on the record, that what he has done here is illegal and wrong. And that's why I proposed censure."
Way to go Russ. That's holding Bush's feet to the fire and exposing the Republicans for supplying that good old fashioned-rubber stamp of approval that he's been used to since 2000. They might hoot and holler occasionally, but when push comes to shove they side with Bush every time when it matters most. Even PNAC's Bill Kristol agrees. Who would have thunk it?
Update: Digby has more of the transcript:
"How can we be afraid at this point, of standing up to a president who has clearly mismanaged this Iraq war, who clearly made one of the largest blunders in American foreign policy history? How can it be that this party wants to stand back and allow this kind of thing to happen? And then add to that the idea that the president has clearly broken the law --- and a number of Republican senators have effectively admitted that, by saying "you know, we need this program so let's make it legal,"- so they are admitting it's illegal.
The idea that Democrats don't think it's a winning thing to say that we will stand up for the rule of law and for checking abuse of power by the executive --- I just can't believe that Democrats don't think that isn't something, not only that we can win on, but it does, in fact, make the base of our party, which is so important, feel much better about the Democrats...read on