Sunday, November 12, 2006
End of blog Maybe Gore will run.
Feingold Won't Seek Democratic Nod
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, who many progressive activists had encouraged to seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008, has decided against making the race.
In a letter to be sent to supporters on Sunday, Feingold writes, "I want you to know that I've decided to continue my role as Wisconsin's Junior Senator in the U.S. Senate and not to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2008."
Feingold, the sole senator to oppose the Patriot Act in 2001 and the first senator to advocate a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, stoked speculation about a possible presidential run during the 2006 congressional campaign season. His call for the censure of President Bush for authorizing warrantless wiretapping was wildly popular with party activists -- even if most of his fellow Democratic senators shunned the move. Feingold's addresses to state party conventions and campaign events across the country were well received. And he began to develop the infrastructure for a candidacy by setting up a new campaign group, the Progressive Patriots Fund, which aided candidates around the country who shared his anti-war and pro-civil liberties positions.
But Feingold was always torn between the lure of a presidential run and his love of the Senate, where he has served since 1993.
The Wisconsinite, who has spent most of his Senate career serving as a member of the minority party, decided after Tuesday's decision by the voters to shift control of the chamber to the Democrats that he was more interested in making the Congress work than in spending a year or more on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Iowa and other early primary and caucus states.
"I'm sure a campaign for President would have been a great adventure and helpful in advancing a progressive agenda. At this time, however, I believe I can best advance that progressive agenda as a Senator with significant seniority in the new Senate serving on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Judiciary and Budget Committees," the senator explained. "Although I have given it a lot of thought, I cannot muster the same enthusiasm for a race for President while I am trying simultaneously to advance our agenda in the Senate. In other words, if I really wanted to run for President, regardless of the odds or other possible candidates, I would do so. However, to put my family and all of my friends and supporters through such a process without having a very strong desire to run, seems inappropriate to me. And, yes, while I would strongly prefer that our nominee in 2008 be someone who had the judgment to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning, I am prepared to work as hard as I can through the Progressive Patriots Fund, and consistent with my duties in the Senate, to maintain or increase our gains from November 7 in the Congress and, of course, to elect a Democrat as President in 2008."
Feingold's decision gives a boost to the all-but-certain candidacy of former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president, who has positioned himself to the left of the current field. Of course, if Illinois Senator Barack Obama decides to run, he could well eclipse Edwards as the choice of progressives who worry about handing the nomination to the presumed frontrunner, centrist New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
Last week, another centrist, outgoing Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack launched an exploratory bid for the Democratic nod. Vilsack's move was seen by some as narrowing the options for Democrats, such as Feingold, who might have hoped to jumpstart an outsider campaign with a strong showing in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. But Feingold had developed as much support in New Hampshire, the traditional first-primary state, where anti-war candidates ran especially well on Tuesday.
In the end, Feingold came to the conclusion that the enthusiasm he detected as he visited states across the country in 2006 had more to do with the boldness of his progressive positions than with his own potential candidacy.
"(While) I've certainly enjoyed the repeated comments or buttons saying, 'Run Russ Run,' or 'Russ in '08,' I often felt that if a piece of Wisconsin swiss cheese had taken the same positions I've taken, it would have elicited the same standing ovations," mused Feingold. "This is because the hunger for progressive change we feel is obviously not about me but about the desire for a genuinely different Democratic Party that is ready to begin to reverse the 25 years of growing extremism we have endured."
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On the President Signing the Military Commissions Act
October 17, 2006
“The legislation signed by the President today violates basic principles and values of our constitutional system of government. It allows the government to seize individuals on American soil and detain them indefinitely with no opportunity to challenge their detention in court. And the new law would permit an individual to be convicted on the basis of coerced testimony and even allow someone convicted under these rules to be put to death.
The checks and balances of our system of government and the fundamental fairness of the American people and legal system are among our greatest strengths in the fight against terrorism. I am deeply disappointed that Congress enacted this law. We will look back on this day as a stain on our nation’s history.”
Thursday, May 18, 2006
When politics gets personal
It is disheartening that Specter has moved with the administration over and over again. Perhaps he and the rest of republicans should be asking why Feingold or any other democrat would be interested in helping them accomplish thier goals.
The lecture that he aparently doesn't want to hear would be Feingold acting in his constituent's best interests. He needs a lecture more than he knows and thank God for Feingold standing up to this unfair and cruel manipulation of the goverment of the United States.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Well Feingold is taking the lead in the forgotten conversations in this country. While many other democrates are still in the "It's the Economy Stupid" mode in the wake of the outrageous gas prices Feingold reminds America that it is in fact the war.
Of course gouging and the war are the roots of our average folk's economic problems right now but others seem blind to this cause and effect. Of course there is corruption administration involved.
Now he was the first to suggest this and many other leaders have suggested as much. The important thing to me here is he is staying on target. Focus and consistancy in message are going to help in any race. Of course it is easier to do this when you have principles.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Who else has put themselves on the line?
I am sitting here noticing that there is no Feingold news lately but the thing that strikes me is that no one else has had the courage to call this president to account. All the other prospective candidates are quiet as mice waiting and watching while good men die and our rights are trampled.
The only item today from a democrat is about Hilary fund raising and that she is not polling so well. Unfortunantly she and other supposed candidates are too worried about the future race to actually defend our rights right now. I just don't believe that any of these candidates have a record to encourage us to believe that they would scale back the executive branch.
Kerry -god love him- thinks that there should be a line item veto for the president. While it is a clever way to make the president responsible it smackes of brinkmanship that is too dangerous now. Kerry will stand up but he is rarely the leader in these movements.
Edwards will be likeable and has a good heart but has only served one term in the Senate. In the end I come back to Feingold.
Feingold has stayed effective within his office while getting important conversations started.
Conversations about human and civil rights.
Convesations about the legality of this President's actions.
Hilary could have been having these conversations but I think she is focusing on fundraising instead of her constituents. The only serious balking she had with this president was over the port deal. A tempest in a tea pot and of course the saddest thing about that episode was that it relied on fear. I think it is important to remember that the only issue that has united the republicans and the other candidates for president is the agreement that fear mongering is a valid political strategy. This means to me that we can expect more of the same fear mongering from the non progressive democrates. I guess the questions is at what price victory?
Issues of justice, peace, equality have been washed away by the idea that the use of fear and fundraising is the most effective motivation to the american people. If that is the path of the democratic party then they will win a meaningless victory.
It is not that republicans are intrinsically bad for the country. It is that their leadership is ethically challenged and cynical about the political process. Let's not make the same mistake. Russ Feingold for President.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
I guess there just hasn't been much news. What the heck happened to the censure motion?
I'm into this and I read the news all the time. Apparently there is nothing like secret groups operating in Iran to change the news.
Mclennen is gone and Rove is still being paid to campaign.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Issues with the Times and Democrates
Well I have been having connection issues and I want to thank all the new comments.
The past week has been a tumultuous one with the apparent abandonment of the party and the rallying that I have been seeing on other fronts in support of Feingold over the censure issue.
First there was the accusation of grandstanding, then the hopes that the censure could be voted away by Boehner quickly.
Next is this editorial that I was shocked to see in the NYT.
I hate knocking the press because it smacks of a sore loser mentality.
I felt betrayed. I have read this paper since I was a kid (my dad is from Brooklyn). I have assiduously followed events by reading it and they have made so many mistakes over the past 4 years. Between the Judy Miller issues, which includes the build up to the war in Iraq and then the wait on reporting the NSA issue til after the election I have stuck with them because they are an institution but they seemed to have missed the point. Plus their accusations, if they are any indication of the future, indicate to me a go along to get along attitude that is inappropriate to the current issues facing this country.
After countless articles about Bush violating the law and everything wrong with the administration and complicity with the war in Iraq they specifically make an editorial AGAIST censure.
It smacks of lazy journalism. The reason, which Feingold stated, is that there are no other avenues. Feingold and the Democrats have tried to get the information and the administration will not share it. It is silly to see two branches paralyzed by a bureaucratic catch 22. I.e. You can't censure unless you know everything and you can't know anything cause it is classified.
Finally Feingold sits on the Intelligence committee and the Judiciary committee. The idea that the editorial board at the NYT thinks it knows more than him about this is indicative of another hallmark of the time that we live in-Hubris
This lack of historical frame of reference is just insulting with another editorial on Tuesday about Andrew Jackson. It is just irresponsible. First of all if you take the premise of the article that Feingold should worry about getting along with Bush; I don't think they are gonna have a tea party together anytime soon anyway. For many people this is going to be where they get their knowledge about censure from and to equate the interpersonal rivalries and cabinet mechanics from another time period to the current situation is too obtuse for chance. Who is the NYT pulling for? It certainly seems to be some other Senator.
I don't think that the Times does understand the frustration of Senator Feingold and most Americans with the flagrant lying and law breaking of this government. They see it as a bit of political gamesman ship much like the Democrats who think that they can wait in the wings. They think they are being cunning. However it ceases to be politics when the law is broken. It becomes a coup at that point. A mild mannered and distant one but a coup nonetheless. Senator Feingold understands that we are not a nation of gods or men but a nation of laws. To strike at the laws of this country is to strike at the stability and freedom that every American was promised by the founders of this country.
There is of course no excuse for the NYT. If I can watch the speech then I can understand why Feingold is putting this resolution forward. To cloud the issue in a pretense of intellectuality and "fairness" is to ignore that some things are true and some things are not. The truth is what we are looking for in the paper isn't it.
Thank god for Comedy Central- at least I can still get the news somewhere.
Monday, March 13, 2006
The questions now is what will the other democrates do. According to raw story.com some are making space. I believe that we are in a situation where we may have a leader bigger than the party that he is in. If the democrates cannot support a censure they have given up right to expect my vote.
The republicans should vote with as well. I hope they listen though I seriously doubt it.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Fool cain't get fooled agin!
I have put the details up at the top. I guess in the end politics really comes down to people. I hope anyone who reads this will show up. I am looking forward to going.
Joel has made the fliers and is putting them up around his area and I am sure he will not mind if you print that off and share it. Also if you have any questions give Joel a call ( he told me I could put this up) 651 4427639
I would like poeple to consider what we can do to get name recognition for Feingold. I think that there is no doubt that Feingold is considering a run. It will take support from every state to convince him-it is a big risk to run- If people want to write a letter to him I can gather them to mail and I will pay the postage, that's a promise. If some one has a list of local papers for us to start writing great! Bring your ideas since I feel short of great ideas to get the word out.
If anyone gets a letter to the editor published in thier local paper or the strib let us know so we can thank you. Now onto my long delayed scribling. I think my point to day would be that I don't car about positioning and what party people are in I just want a president I can trust.
One of the reasons that Russ is a great candidate is because he doesn't have to run on specific issues. He can and will explain his thoughts.The wellspring of his political reasoning is the law and ethics.
Our bumper sticker should be this:
no more lies
Feingold for president.
Feingolds strength on issues across the board is his honesty. He is not an exhibitionist screaming his faith or morals to the world. He is honest on any political issue in front of him. I think that is why other more senior senators will listen and work with him. I am choosing a leader I can trust this year, even though I might not agree with him on every issue , at least I want an honest person there.
Oh yeah I really don't think we should forget about the war and competance as an issue.
Here is a video I found, maybe some of you have seen it.
Oh yeah there is a meet up on the ninth and I have some folks asking around up here. Let's do it.
I geuss when I read through other sites there is a lot of political hack talk. What positions and so on. Does he support this issue or that issue. I would like to stop for a moment and consider this... I have made up my mind, I don't need to know Feingold's finely tuned sound bite. I want Feingold cause we can trust him. The way he thinks about goverment and it's duty is how I think goverment should be run.
Yes he has some stunts that are barnstomer kind of tactics. An example would be the returning of his raise every year. I really don't think that is that important, heck if he needs the money take it. you know what he does it anyway-that is just one of his quirks. It is not going to cause a global calamity.
Yes he is divorced-I could care less. He has proven his mettle and earned the trust of the voters. He really is looking out for us.
Anyway I hope that there are more people than just joe and I at the meet up on march 9th.
The other meet ups had some good ideas and I am thinking that we should start trying to keep up with local papers and start letters to the editors. We must raise an awareness for Feingold.
I don't know everyone of Feingold's positions
I don't know if he will win
I don't know if he can really pull those southern farmers
I do know that he cannot be a bad choice as President. He is the most American of candidates at a time when we need competance and honesty in goverment.
I like all of the democratic candidates that have been mentioned. I think any of them would be better than what we have but if we want to reclaim our rights and our American identity as a freedom loving , law abiding and thinking nation we need to elect a President that shows the capacity for a democracy to change.
I don't think Feingodl is that far left quite honestly. I always felt that he was in the middle and then the middle shifted.
His record speaks. I have watched his speaches and lived in areas that voted for him and I can tell you that Wisconsin is great. It is an efficient state with great services, great schools, and great people. They are not raving liberals yet they know that Feingold is real leadership and that is precisely what we need. I think there is potential for a great President in Feingold that will realize many goals of America.
I think Feingold at the very least will be able to bury the partisanship that has so poisened our political atmosphere. If that is the only thing that the next President does they will have done an invaluble service to every American alive since that is what is truely paralyzing this country.
This vapid , intellectually crushing, repetitive , name calling, bitter, broken partisanship.
Lets have a leader that can talk.
Let's have a leader that can stand up.
Let's have a leader not afraid to take a position and then have the presense of mind to explain why he did so.
If you want to see footage of Feingold explaining his policies and beliefs go here
Then go and search for Feingold.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
We have seen the enemy and it is us.
Well I am sorry to hear that Paul Hackett is stepping down. The forces that led to the Alito nomination are the same to lead to these situations. I think at this point it is fair to acknowledge that the democrats are much more dangerous to Feingold running than the republicans. The old guard forces in the Democratic Party would, I think, not hesitate to brush by Feingold.
Feingold is still fighting against the new version of the Patriot Act against his own party and here is his explanation.
WHY WHY WHY? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE DEMOCRATES. IT SEEMS AS IF THE DEMOCRATES ARE AFRAID OF REAL LEADERSHIP. HAVE THEY FORGOTTEN WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE?
I think we are really seeing a meltdown of the democratic party and the two party system. The abramoff afffair is a republican scandal but the attitude that allowed it to florish up to this point and the money changers in the temple have been accepted by many democrates.
Someone like Feingold is the best hope for the Democratic party to restablish itself. If it is more of the same there is no hope for it. I will not give up my civil rights just because it is a democrat asking. We have already lost so much security. Feingold would not ask for that and again let us hope that he will have a chance without the party pulling him down.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Why Feingold should be President
I went to the world can't wait rally and it was good. People honked as they passed and halfway through quarter sized snowflakes started falling. Downtown Minneapolis is great in that kind of snow where teh lights catch all the snowflakes. I was dissapointed by the poor showing. This area has millions of people but there were maybe 80 people there. I think that is probably a high extimate.
I am wondering why the democrates are not organizing rallies though. I did not see a single democratic politician there. they say they want to win but they don't. I also didn't meet anyone who is going to make it to Washington.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Well there is nothing like a blog to make you wish you were a better writer but anyway. The past week has brought the current administration back defending thier spying on Americans. I think it is very important for americans to make themselves heard right now and I hope that there will be some Feingold supporters present at the various World Can't Wait rallys
The Minneasota one is going to be in Minneapolis at 7:30pm at the Minneapolis Federal Building, 300 S. 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415. We'll be meeting on the side of the building with the grassy mounds. Here is a map
I am also hoping to go to Washington on the 4th but that depends on a ride and money. I certainly hope there is a good showing at the local one.
I was reading a story about Alito and I think it is very important to understand that Feingold has voted against Alito's nomination. The Tenneseans for Russ and the CA for Russ sites have covered this better than I. I do have some thoughts on this that were sparked by an article on Raw Story today and I felt compelled as many others did by writing in the comments.
This is a situation where I would hope that democrates understand that there is no tommorrow in this fight. We need a filibuster just to warm the faithful at this point. If they cannot join against this nomination and follow Russ's advice as thier representative on the Judiciary committee then we know that there are democrates so blinded by ambition that they cannot be trusted with our goverment.
I do not like to speak against other potential candidates. One of the things that is frustrating to me though is the feeling that there are many democrates that don't toe the line. I feel that in many ways we have been led to where we are by weak leadership so I think that I will have speak my mind when ohter candidates are pitched. I will not tear down someone just for the sake of Russ winning. However, to get this kind of leadership we are going to have to come out hard against democrates that think they have our vote already.
Hilary Clinton has been getting alot of bad press though deserved. I admired her for her work on health care but we can use her abilities in the senate as well and there is a lot of truth in that article. I don't care for the idea of the presidency being thrown back and forth between elite groups anyway. We would be fools to think that she will not come out swinging though. She is already working to rid herself of the equivocator reputation and by 2008 she will hve patched up her liberal street cred if that what is needed. She is already starting.
In truth 2008 has already started as we are aware. A blog like this is a sign of that. The problem here is that if we are too polite we will never make it through.
I worry that Feingold will flare out like Dean. There are some powerful challenges coming and Hilary is not it. Al Gore will most likely be more challeging with articles like this. My last post was a borderline rant but Russ is already being fitted for the VP office. We are going to have troubles fundraising and if he is going to win we on the net really need to sit down and get ahold of his staff and see what they are thinking and how we can help. If anyone has ideas about this please comment.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
VP- Screw that
Don't waste this man on the Vice Presidency.
It is inevitable that there is going to be talk about Russ Feingold being VP. I think that would be a poor way to waste the leader that we have in Russ Feingold. We need leadership desperately now. I think Feingold would be great for president because his leadership abilities. His strengths are useless where they will not be used. I think we would be better off with Russ staying in the Senate than waste his time with the Vice Presidency. We certainly need to get the senate back too.
I am sure if it would make a difference on which party would win he would agree to be VP however which ever candidate that is proposed for President because of their supposed party support would also be a fine VP for Russ. I think that we should be putting experience behind Russ so that he can lead. We either believe in his message or not. He is not the candidate you vote for because of his experience, even though he is experienced. You vote for him because of his honesty and integrity. Feingold also rewon by a 12% margin over Kerry in the last election. Yeah I read that on left watch 2.0 but it is still true. Nationally that would have beat Bush. I think that he can take almost anyone because he has already proven himself in
Put some one else behind him for president. Think if Hilary decided to be Feingold's VP, or Al Gore. You have the new and honest and the proven and experienced. Better yet put Wesley Clark behind Feingold so that there would be some military experience in the executive branch.
08 is going to be a ticket election. It is going to be a new ticket and the old guard Democrats are going to have to make room. The conservatism in the progressive philosophy is Feingold's strength.
I think there is a malaise with the old guard in the Democratic Party that think that it is their time cause "Hey how can we lose after this administration". This is the kind of weakness and lack of cohesion that has brought us to the point that we are at now. Hilary and Reid can bring us back the Senate. I can't think of any of the other prospective candidates being President before Feingold.
What are they going to use as strength for the democratic nomination. The fact that they rolled on every vote. I think another lesson of the past five years is that governors don't have the experience for the global society. I don't think we have time to bring someone up to speed.
He is going to kick ass on the campaign trail. Imagine the moralists trying knock his divorce. They are going to drive so many voters right to Feingold with that strategy. Forward with Feingold!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Minnesota for Feingold
Monday, January 16, 2006
He was in a 3 party race and still won the popular vote. Of course in some ways Nader may have been letting us know how bad it was. Maybe he knew something we didn't.
Either way right now we have someone who is not outside of the political process. Senator Feingold is in the thick of the most crucial portions of american policy, familiar with the current issues threatening all americans and thier rights. I think that a filibuster would not be out of order just because it would commit republicans to supporting this corrupt administration. I think the most important thing now that our media is not as free as it used to be we need honest straight forward politicians. Here are some great video links about these issues
A filibuster is a long recognized way to extend debate and force comprimise.
There is a noble tradition of filibuster
This is his view of the wiretapping
I guess we might as well extend debate on the court until we get some answers about Alito's facist legal theories about executive power. I would like Russ to talk about this. It is too bad coversations like this could not be explored. Jeez answer the question. I swear he is just trying to burn time. Russ is keeping on the issues that I believe are going to decide the 06 elections. The power of the presidency viewed by the administration and alito
This is the kind of questions we need answered and he can't do it. What is it going to be like when he is actually on the court.
There is a Minnesota for Feingold Blog I like it's style and I hope I see this guy around.
I also see that there is a meet up happening in Madison on Feb 19th. Madiosn is my home town and I would certainly like to make that meeting since it would be an excuse to visit some good friends as well. I believe that Ilya from russforpresident.com will be there. I certainly will try to bring a friend but i do not see anything up in the cities. If anyone up in the cities knows of something or needs to plan please contact me. Since I cannot leave for the protests on the state of the union i would like to see something locally. If you know of anything please let me know. By the way there is a pretty good WiKi on Russ.
Here is a great reason not to support Wurner for higher office. This should have been an easy question. Just answer the question. That hemming and hawing is the last thing the democrates need right now.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
At the bottom you might notice that there are some comments about the supposed free speech violations in the McCain/Feingold Bill I just wanted to post my comment since I wrote it and it seems a shame not to put it on my brand spanking new Blog.
McCain/Feingold legislation is just another reason to support Russ Feingold for president. He worked over six years to tackle one of the most persistant problems for both sides of the aisle. He also passed it with one of the most respectable republicans around.
The other legislators voted for this so obviously the right did not have too many problems with it. What is the point of freedom of speech if you are corralled by riot police at every single political function anyway. I don’t see people up in arms about that. At the conventions this past year had massive arrests and “Free Speech Zones”
Republican gatherings about national policy such as the social security town hall meetings were staged and people with anti bush shirts and bumperstickers were forcibly ejected from numerous meetings. This administration paid newscasters to support thier agenda and encouraged purgery.
The NSA and the FBI is watching peace groups and the NYPD is putting under cover officers into political rallies. We have SERIOUS constitutional issues right now. Russ has been on the right side. The rights in the constitution are for individuals. It would be nice if we could have PACS but the obvious abuse prompted responsible, gutsy politicians to tackle the issue.
During the election this is going to be a non starter since McCain is on it. What are the republicans going to do knock thier best candidate. I suppose they could run Guiliani but man he’s got so much baggage. Anyway there are poeple that got tear gassed, knocked out, kicked , arrested, spied on and jailed this year for trying to express thier opinion. It wasn’t because someone tried to pass some campaign finance reform. It is because this administration has scared the coutry sick and that fear has infected the whole coutry. People are afraid to protest. The new republican slogan should be “Watch what you say” Anyway Forward
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Mrs Alito and the blow back from TV time for Russ
I have read about some people being disgusted by the “abuse" Alito received when questioned by Senator Feingold. I have also read compassionate statements for Mrs. Alito as she was brought to tears at the nomination hearings today.
This is kind of ugly but... poor, poor Mrs. Alito. How could those horrible, rude democrates make his wife cry like that. They must have been so scary with thier questions.
There are soldiers dying right now and millions have died for the right to choose what kind of government we are going to have. Are we are supposed to forget the incredible amount of power this guy is going to have and not question him. When you think about it we are going to be questioning him, through the courts, for the rest of our lives about what we can and can't do. I think he can take some questions for Christ’s sake. What's more he is refusing to answer on the grounds that he might have to make a decision at some point in the future. I think it is a good idea that the judge you have looking at your case should not have stock in your opponants company.
I am sure that the ten year old girl that was stripped searched for entering a house that had been issued a warrent was crying but that is not what these hearing are about. I think it would be nice to know why that is a good idea for our nation. How does that make us more free and safer. I think these questions are questions about the price of safety versus freedom. It concerns me that Alito lied ( or insert whatever euphanism you care to insert) about why he took a case he said he was going to recluse himself from. Feingold is the people's representative and even if Alito has the votes I want the questions asked.
As far as abuse I am sure the innocent people tortured at Abu Graib and Gitmo cried too. (I think we can agree that there are most likely some innocent people there still.)
It just makes me sad. The election is four years away and according to some Russ is now that prototypical crazy, moonbat, liberal. Suddenly in four days he is stupid, mean, sadistic and opportunistic. Apparently he is mean to pressure Alito in front of all those cameras. He is stupid to think he get Alito to give him an answer. He is sadistic because he came with germane questions about legal matters instead of broad statements . The constant theme now is "Oh he just wants to be president." It is a expession of our political ennui when a politician doing his job is considered a show off.
This is more of both sides realizing " Ohhh, he could be president!" I think of the fear and thirst for real politicians that that indicates. There was one article about the positive things he has been doing lately and he gets a little bit noticed and suddenly the right wing floodgates are opened. I have never seen Senator Feingold debate but I can guarantee you it will not be about lockboxes and fraternity brothers. The sad thing is Russ will probably be a better president for republicans than the current one. Conservatives should be livid at the promises Bush has made and not kept. The strongest republican candidate, Senator McCain, has partnered with Russ on major campaign reform. The only reason Russ is even getting noticed is precisely because he has been successful working with republicans but now he is a crazy liberal. There was a time when McCain/Feingold would have been my dream ticket.
Feingold asked questions at a hearing. That is what he is on the Judiciary Committee for. That's what hearings are for.
It is all a sign of the fear and thirst progressive politics inspire.
The fear wafts from neocon bunkers like this tripe I guess we should really start paying attention to how they are going to try to swift boat Senator Feingold. Exibit #1
The thirst I hope shows on sites like this. I hope they ask more questions. I hope Kennedy gets his documents. I hope someone brings an honest witness. I hope they get a straight answer out of this guy. I hope.
Changes and realizations
Today I realized that my change was the same template as another person doing a Russ Feingold for President blog. I decided to change it and I decided to change the title as well to reflect where I am at- MN- As soon as I figure out links I will start putting them together though I can tell you that there are a bunch of interesting clips out there right now.
This a good analysis that is pretty much lays out the wiretapping issue.
a little more of his opnion about the legality of these actions
Well that is about it today.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Feingold asks the right questions
I read some accounts of the confirmation hearings but I didn't get to look into anymore since I had to work. I did read that Russ was questioning Alito about whether he was coached by the administration on how to answer questions about the NSA scandal. That is great. I have felt that the Bush nominations have been to protect them in the future and if they did coach a Supreme Court nominee for their political gain that would be telling on several levels. Way to go Russ.
Speaking of campaign reform Russ has been a leader on this and here is the latest information on this. http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/releases/06/2006105.html
I am hoping to develop this blog a little more and spruce it up but I will have to wait for the weekend and I will be getting some more information. I can't seem to get links as hyperlinks. Oh well there is time to figure it out. I will have to fix up my profile as well I guess. I found another site recently by a law student in
I was thinking about what I want to do with this site and I realized that the best way for me would be to use it as a personal journal on steps taken toward getting Russ elected. I will, in time, hopefully have more exciting things to write about Right now is so early that there is not so much to say except to keep track of the important issues for us all that seem to be getting airtime in reference to Sen. Feingold. That is about it. I will be trying to get other folks involved. I figure I will have to start with a my space linked but I am ready to play some COD now.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Feingold for President
I have always like politics but there are some key reasons why Russ Feingold is a great candidate for the democrats and the country. These thoughts are for the most part backed up things that I have read about Sen. Feingold from the past. I think that this will be important as we let other people in the midwest and the rest of the country know since a mans actions are the best way to judge his character. I will start a basic list right now and I will for the most part endeavor to get information related to the senator posted.
In time I would like to start having meetings to raise awareness around the Twin Cities area. If the past five years have taught us anything about our country is that the founders of this country took great pains to define the powers of the executive branch and it requires someone intelligent, educated, experienced and grounded. I will list my reasons and then we will see what happens.
1. Senator Feingold is a Rhodes scholar.
2. Senator Feingold was a lawyer so he respects and understands the law.
3. Senator Feingold worked for years to address campaign finance reform long before Abramoff.
4. Senator Feingold has worked on these issues with respected republicans such as McCain.
5. Senator Feingold is not afraid to be a progressive in the classic sense. This is shown to me by his attendance at the shadow convention for the democratic party almost immediately after the Seattle protests in 2000.
6. Senator Feingold is not a partisan hack. He has voted against his party when he disagreed; for example he voted in favor of Ashcroft. The reason is that someone's religion should not disqualify them from public office. That was and will be a hard vote to live down but that does show character.
7. Senator Feingold was the only member of Senate to vote against the Patriot Act. He understood the potential for abuse. That shows foresight.
8. Senator Feingold voted against Iraq but for Afganistan. That shows attention to nuance and an understanding of the issues that are shaping our world right now.
Well there are several other reasons but that will suffice for now. Feel free to add any of your own.