Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Feingold's Political Stunt Backfires

Maybe a few Democrats realize that defeating Islamist radicals is more important than partisan PR stunts like the censure motion offered by Russ Feingold (D-WI). When Feingold's bluff was called by Senate Republicans, whatever private support Feingold might have been promised evaporated. Likely most Democrats were simply avoiding being seen on the wrong side of a political issue, but surely some of them realize that the NSA's intercept program is necessary, and that the petty partisan politics of people like Feingold only emboldens our real enemies.

From the Associated Press:
Democrats distanced themselves Monday from Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold's effort to censure President Bush over domestic spying, preventing a floor vote that could alienate swing voters.

A day of tough, election-year talk between Feingold and Vice President Dick Cheney ended with Senate leaders sending the matter to the Judiciary Committee.
As a sidenote, the Associated Press, like virtually all of the mainstream media, continues to refer to "domestic spying" and "wiretaps". This is a deliberate and dishonest effort to put the NSA program of intercepting communications between suspected terrorists and Americans, where one end of the conversation comes from outside the country, in the worst possible light - agenda journalism at its most vile.

"Wiretapping" is a ludicrously archaic word deliberately selected for its sinister connotations. Does NASCAR stage "horseless carriage" races?