Senator Russ Feingold will introduce a Resolution Monday morning to Censure President Bush for his illegal NSA domestic spy program. Having had weeks to explain his rationale and legal authority, George Bush has failed to demonstrate that authority. Feingold thinks it is time to publicly rebuke this President saying on ABC's This Week:
"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors"
After seeing his appearance on "This Week", once again Senator Feingold has impressed me with his principled stand and his intelligent explanation of it. As I have read others say this is a good strategic move. It sets this issue for discussion as Bush prepares to once again go out on the road and sell his "War on Terror".
The other thing this did was put Bill Frist on the defensive which we already know he doesn't do very well. Having won this weekend's Republican straw poll, Frist I'm sure was hoping for some positive press. Instead he had to follow Feingold on "This Week" and try to defend the President. All he could come up with was to call it "political" and repeat the old Republican stand-by "this sends a terrible message to our enemies".
No Mr. Frist this sends a valuable message to our citizens, our allies and to emerging Democracies around the world. It sends the message that our Constitution is the law of the land and that we are all equal under it.
Way to go Senator Feingold. We are watching!