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March 13, 2006
Feingold calls for presidential censure
Senator Russ Feingold, a potential presidential candidate, introduced a resolution today calling for President Bush to be censured for his domestic wiretapping program. Feingold said that a censure would "send a clear signal" that Bush's actions were "wrong." He also told CNN that the surveillance program is illegal and that he will fight against the "intimidation campaign" that the Bush administration has launched to defend it.
Bush puts positive spin on Iraq war
Just ahead of the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Bush has set out to counter suggestions that Iraq is plunging into civil war. Today, Bush delivered the first of three speeches timed to coincide with the war's anniversary. Picking through the recent reports of chaos in Iraq, Bush offered "a carefully constructed account of progress toward a unity government in which Shiite and Sunni Muslims are already working together to defeat militias and other insurgents promoting sectarian violence."
Former White House aide arrested
Claude Allen, former adviser to President Bush, was arrested in Maryland last week, charged with swindling two department stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scam. Conviction on these charges can result in a 15-year prison sentence. Allen was accused of going to stores on more than 25 occasions and buying items, taking them to his car, and then returning to the store with his receipt, selecting the same items, and returning them for a refund.
Source: Democracy for America
Sam Rosenfeld discusses the McCain issue. One thing which has been left out of the conversation is the internet caucus. A little internet history is in order. Obviously the Free Republic is no longer the primary nexus of online Republicans, but it still has its place. Back before the 2000 election Freeperville's Leader, Jim Robinson, was a hardcore McCainiac. There was a big spat and all the Bushies, including Lucianne and Matt Drudge, fled to Lucianne Goldberg's new place. At the time Lucianne tried to pass it off as a moderates vs. the extremists spat, though Ldotters these days are more batshit crazy and extreme than Freepers, as hard as that is to believe.
Then, of course, Bush won the primaries and Robinson had to retool the place back into Bush worship central. Another round of purging and fleeing, yada yada.
The Freepi themselves hate McCain generally, though I'm not sure where Robinson is on the issue. In any case, as I said, freeperville is not the force it once was, with conservative blogs becoming more relevant and influential.
Still, one important point remains. As David J. reminded me in comments, Matt Drudge cannot stand McCain. That's a big hurdle of McCain to get over. One wonders if he's even aware.
Trivia: Michelle Malkin's onetime freeper handle was Little LuLu.
Hard to believe, but apparently true.
(tip from Stunt Woman)
If I were McCain I'd be thrilled about this:
Since Klein discredited himself so badly with his Clinton hack job that even conservatives who will believe literally anything about Clinton distanced themselves from him, this book will serve McCain well. If there's anything that's actually seedy and true in the book it'll be lost in the bullshit and McCain will be inoculated.
National Latino group endorses Cegelis for Congress FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 13, 2006 LOMBARD (IL) — Latinos for America Political Action Committee (LFA-PAC,) representing one of the nation’s fastest growing and most ambitious grassroots advocacy organizations, has endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Christine Cegelis and has pledged the resources of its political action committee and nationwide activist network to [...]
Source: Prog. Dems of America
Having first decided that Congress is irrelevant, Specter now concludes that the Supreme Court is too.
Nice endorsement there, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Apparently the market has spoken:
Oh, and Limbaugh got canned in Baltimore too.
Still searching for rock bottom.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released on Monday put President George W. Bush's approval rating at 36 percent, a new low for that poll but similar to his rating in other recent surveys.
The poll, taken Friday through Saturday, showed Bush's approval rating dropped from 38 percent in late February-early March, while his disapproval rating remained steady at 60 percent.
One of the potential benefits to the Feingold Censure Resolution, besides standing up for the Constitution, the rule of law, and our system of government (like anyone in the DC establishment [sorry for the offense to DC citizens] actually cares about that), is an unintentional one -- it will expose the hypocrites and phonies in the DC establishment.
"The Rule of Law! The Rule of Law!" How many time have we heard politicians, DC pundits, and partisans pontificating on the "Rule of Law" and restoring "Honor and Dignity to the White House"? We know from too many of their actions that they are mendacious hypocrites and sanctimonious suck-ups. And the biggest one of all? Media hero John McCain. What do you think McCain will say about Feingold's resolution? It probably won't sound anything like this:
Mr. Chief Justice, I intend to vote to convict the President of the United States on both articles of impeachment. To say I do so with regret will sound trite to some, but I mean it sincerely. I deeply regret that this day has come to pass.
I bear no animosity for the President. I take no partisan satisfaction from this matter. I don't lightly dismiss the public's clear opposition to conviction. And I am genuinely concerned that the institution of the Presidency not be harmed, either by the President's conduct, or by Congress' reaction to his conduct.
Indeed, I take no satisfaction at all from this vote, with one exception--and an important exception it is--that by voting to convict I have been spared reproach by my conscience for shirking my duty.
The Senate faces an awful choice, to be sure. But, to my mind, it is a clear choice. I am persuaded that the President has violated his oath of office by committing perjury and by obstructing justice, and that by so doing he has forfeited his office.
You all remember, of course, what that was about. THE RULE OF LAW! THE RULE OF LAW!
McCain really is the biggest phony of them all. Oh, and when he starts the inevitable "time of war," "helping the enemy" nonsense, let's remind him about what was going on in Kosovo when he voted to remove Clinton:
Update [2006-3-13 17:26:24 by mcjoan]:: Hahahaha!!! Lieberman doesn't scold Presidents!! Well, maybe just Democratic presidents. In a significant break with his president, Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman took to the Senate floor Thursday to condemn President Bill Clinton's marital infidelity as immoral, disgraceful and damaging to the country.
Lieberman of Connecticut said he was angered and disappointed in Clinton's behavior, and what he called Clinton's "premeditated" deception.
Lieberman said Clinton "apparently had extramarital relations with an employee half his age and did so in the workplace in the vicinity of the Oval Office. Such behavior is not just inappropriate. It is immoral."
By David Swanson
When we watch a video of Bush being informed of the danger of Hurricane Katrina and recall that he claimed that there was no way he could have known of that danger, our faith in his good intentions may be shaken.
And when we learn that Bush has long since authorized wiretapping without court approval, what are we to make of his public statements (such as last June 9, or July 14, 2004, or April 20, 2004) when he reassured us that all wiretapping requires court approval?
Senator Feingold is introducing a resolution in the Senate today to censure President Bush for wiretapping American citizens without a court warrant. You can hear Senator Feingold introduce the resolution live on CSPAN2 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Use the comments to discuss Feingold's speech.
Source: Democracy for America
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