Sunday, April 16, 2006

Russ Takes On Fox News!

Here's a link to the highly touted Fox News Sunday interview from a few weeks ago - Russ does very well to explain his positions in spite of some "tough questions" from Fox News Chris Wallace, persistently trying to get him to respond to RW talking points. This is a must see, especially for people new to Russ. It's masterful handling of conservative slanted questioning. More and more mainsteam media outlets are inching to the right and I think Russ's ability to stay composed and on point is a pretty darn good asset for a Presidential run.
Sen. Russ Feingold Comes Out For Gay Marriage...

Associated Press | Posted April 5, 2006 11:22 AM

Sen. Russ Feingold, a potential presidential candidate, said Tuesday he supports giving gays and lesbians the right to marry, again positioning himself to the left of possible 2008 rivals.

"Gay and lesbian people in our country are fighting a mean-spirited movement to harm them and to discriminate against them," Feingold, D-Wis., said in a telephone interview. "I stand with them against that movement, and I'm proud to stand with them."

Monday, April 03, 2006

You can't just create whatever laws you want. We have to go through the system of government we've always had. You know, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were not repealed on 9/11, and we all are unified in fighting the terrorists. But we're not going to give the terrorists the victory of destroying our own system of government in order to satisfy a White House that has very grandiose views of the extent of their powers.
~ Senator Russ Feingold
Censure & Accountability: Time Will Do The Talking
and America won't wait on politics and indecision

Needless to say I, and so many American's around the country were very disappointed in the Democrats lack of courage and deaf ear to so many in this country who were hoping they would at least try to hold Bush accountable for this latest (known) power grab.

They left Russ and Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont to fend for themselves. (Senator Kohl, also of Wisconsin, was there so briefly I don't remember seeing him). Though the Republican's had them outnumbered, their arguements for Bush's wiretapping without oversight being legal were lame. They were basically saying 'how can you not trust the president? Of course he would conduct himself honorably'. Pfffffftttttt.
Come on. You know you had the same reaction.
The other arguement? You can't do this to a president in wartime. All I have to say is Clinton and Bosnia.

Sometimes a few less people in a room improves the acoustics. And Senator Feingold's voice rang clear as a bell in a belfry. Both Senators did a fine job laying out what is, as it turns out, very simple case to make.

Here are some great links of Russ making that case. For anyone curious what Russ is all about, these are must see:

"This Week" with George Stephanopolous (1/2 way down the page)
Real Time with Bill Maher:
The Daily Show with John Stewart:

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee that stood up for accountablility:

Russell Feingold (D-WI)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Democrats who didn't seem to find the hearing important enough to show up:

Joe Biden (D-DE)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

Charles Schumer (D-NY)

One of the witnesses present at the hearing was John Dean. Yes, THAT John Dean, former Nixon legal counsel and Watergate witness. Interestingly, Dean has written a book about Bush's misdeads titled, "Worse Than Watergate" and has been writing columns for a legal blog called FindLaw. His current article, which is about the call for censure and whether Bush's arguements for warrantless wiretapping carry any water can be found here:

and a nice concise biography about Dean here:
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