Sure, there are many (moonbats) who would love for this to happen and applaud the Senator for his actions. However, despite the moonbats being a vocal group, their true support come election day is pretty damn thin, especially once you dilute the Democrat voting pool with Republicans and others who are determined to see you lose. (See Kerry 2004)
I will give credit to Senator Feingold for visiting Afghanistan and Iraq. (Not that you would know it from the lack of pictures.) But I wonder if he was paying attention while he was over there. You know, going to visit the mass graves and so on.
The Senator apparently would bring his own ties to the Middle East if he ever manages to win the White House. I only mention this since the Congress has all of a sudden demonized all Middle East Countries.
So what is the issue here? Lets look at the Resolution:
Resolved, That the United States Senate does hereby censure George W. Bush, President of the United States, and does condemn his unlawful authorization of wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, his failure to inform the full congressional intelligence committees as required by law, and his efforts to mislead the American people about the authorities relied upon by his Administration to conduct wiretaps and about the legality of the program.
You see, there is an issue here that Senator Feingold would do well to explain:
How is the FISA Court going to be able to issue 200,000+ wiretap warrents taking into account that the FISA Court has only issued 6,652 from 2000 through 2004?
Senator, how would you monitor 200,000+ suspected terrorists around the World?
This whole episode is a perfect example of why it is so hard to be elected President after serving in Congress. It is to easy to grandstand in front of a Camera. Unfortunately, this grandstanding can all too easily be used against you. Take Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. She recently went onto the Senator floor with a huge sign that said "DANGEROUSLY INCOMPETENT." (via Drudge Report) She was referring to President Bush. But you can bet that she will be confronted with those signs when/if she chooses to run for re-election. Then they will be referring to her. Just like the person who claims that "I am not an idiot." People only seem to remember the person's name and 'idiot.'
Oh yes, I address the NSA wiretap issue a while bac in a post titled "The Company You Keep." Basically, if you are going to associate with suspected terrorists (like an A.C.L.U Lawyer) then you should expect your phone to be tapped. If you don't, then your an idiot.
Russ Feingold - US Senator
Russ Feingold for President - Supporter Blog
325,000 Names on Terrorism List - Washington Post
Censure Proposal Fails To Get Vote - California Conservative
FISA Warrants Issued - EPIC (Chart)
The Impeachment Agenda - Opinion Journal
Mark Noonan Calls for Censure of Senator Feingold - Blogs for Bush
The Company You Keep - FFI 18 January 2006
update: 15 March 2006
Cluebat of the Week - RightWing NutHouse
Fred Fry 2008:
Kerry 2008 - 29 January 2006
Gore 2008 - Not Happening - 12 October 2005
Biden 2008? - Last Exit Before Toll - 09 October 2005
Obama 2008? Mr. Electability? - 25 July 2005