Monday, March 13, 2006

Swiftboating Feingold

Cheney: "The outrageous proposition that we ought to protect our enemies' ability to communicate as it plots against America poses a key test of our Democratic leaders. Do they support the extreme and counterproductive antics of a few or do they support a lawful program vital to the security of this nation?"

Where in the Censure, or anywhere in the muted, reasonable opposition to Bush's secret wiretapping program, is the "outrageous proposition" he cites ever mentioned? This is dirty muckraking from one of the masters.

Frist: "Senator Feingold's time would be better spent putting forth constructive ideas rather than using cheap political tricks that compromise America's national security by sending a dangerous signal of disunity around the globe."

Even allowing that introducing a measure of Censure on the Senate floor is a "cheap political trick" and not Sen. Feingold's duty or at least his democratic prerogative, how does it compromise our national security? How can the "disunity" that happens when our elected citizens debate in the marketplace of ideas be dangerous?

If Sen. Frist's dissent-free version of democracy is what we are fighting to protect, then the terrorists have already won.


Blogger hurtleg said...

"Sen. Frist's dissent-free version of democracy"

Frist tried to bring the censure to a vote. It was the democrats who didn't want to go on record. How is allowing the vote dissent-free?

4:35 PM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

Thanks for pointing out how Frist is a duplicitous double-talker. If he truly believes Feingold's censure is a national security-compromising, dangerous disunity-signalling, cheap political trick, as he said, then his bringing the censure to a vote is certainly more compromising and dangerous than Feingold's introducing it.

By his own logic, Frist's bringing the measure to a vote, and thus allowing a signal of disunity to be sent around the globe, is paramount to treason.

8:54 AM  
Blogger hurtleg said...

I guess I missed the quote where Frist said the censure would hurt national security. If he did say it, he is an idiot.

Although the censure going down to a vote of 98-2 would probably show that the country is united. Sen. Harkin is the only other dem I have seen who said he supports the censure.

12:57 PM  

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