Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Russ Feingold laments congressional Dems' Iraq "collapse" (Maybe the senator can't afford his own cadre of caution-counseling Democratic handlers?)


"We can't back down when the stakes are so high. I know you'll keep ratcheting up the pressure, and that's exactly what we need right now. Now is the time to be pulling out all the stops to end the war."
--Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold

Speaking of political truth-telling, as we just were, and charisma (or lack of it) as well, I suppose most politically savvy observers would say that Russ Feingold could never be a serious presidential candidate because he has too little of the latter and indulges in too much of the former. Well, maybe that's why he's worth paying attention to. He posted this on Daily Kos a couple of hours ago:
A Collapse for Democrats
by Senator Russ Feingold

Tue May 22, 2007 at 09:28:13 AM PDT

I wanted to link to a couple really good posts that I've seen in the past few days about the Democrats' strategy on the Iraq supplemental spending bill. They drive home what a mistake it is to just give up and pass a supplemental that doesn't include language to stop the war:



This situation is a collapse for Democrats. We had a strong start, pushed back against the President's failed policy and held our ground that the supplemental should include binding language to end the war. But now, as Congress gets ready to send the President a bill that does nothing to get our troops out of Iraq, we are just folding our cards. As one person commented under Greg Sargent's great post at TPM cafe, "Send the Congressional Dems over to my place for some poker--I could use a windfall right now."

This is no time to back down. This fight to end the war isn't something that we can just put off or kick down the road. As mcjoan pointed out, it doesn't make any sense to wait until this "mythical September" when Republicans will suddenly decide that we need to get out of Iraq. Why should this wait until September? First Americans had to put up with a Republican Congress that did nothing, and now we are faced with a Democratic Congress that is giving the President exactly what he wants-- continuing his failed policy and leaving our troops stuck in the middle of a civil war. Some strategy. We can't back down when the stakes are so high. I know you'll keep ratcheting up the pressure, and that's exactly what we need right now. Now is the time to be pulling out all the stops to end the war.

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At 2:40 PM, Blogger Maya's Granny said...

I read a suggestion that since Bush wouldn't accept the first budget bill, Congress not send him another. If he didn't want it, he didn't have to have it, but he wasn't getting anything else. That's what I'd like to see. The commanders in Iraq sent enough money to get the troops home. And Bush given nothing.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Feingold is right. Even f'ing Rasmussen has the Commander Guy at 33% now. And they were always the outlier. WTF are Reid and crew waiting for? It is obvious that the Dems has learned very little from their 12 years in the wilderness. They still have not figured out the value of PR. The only solution is to clone someone like Feingold and send more of them to DC.

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disclaimer: I've never seen Russ on TV (I don't have a TV), and I've never seen him in person. All I know is what I've read about his views and actions, via the toobz.

This is just one femme's view, but I happen to think that he has lots of charisma- and his "truth-telling" certainly is a part of my call on that.

I remember some discussions a while back when Russ ruled out a Presidential run. On the lefty blogs, of course. The point that struck me (totally in line with my view) is that many are hungry for leaders who are willing to tell the truth, and be authentic. That has a great deal of charisma, and more.

I am really so tired of triangulating cowards.


(VG- who is also known to be a major Hitchcock fan- statement only for keninny to help him figure out who VG is.)

At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT but with 99.35% of precinct reporting in KY Dem primary:

Beshear , Steven Dem 139,677 41.01
Lunsford , William Dem 72,746 21.36

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courage of convictions + honesty + integrity + passion + intelligence + idealism = CHARISMA.

Feingold's got it. Tons of it.


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