Feingold: One Senator Who Hasn't Lost His Marbles

The only U.S. Senator to vote against the Patriot Act, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), speaks on the compromise:

This is not a good deal for the U.S. Senate or for the American people. Democrats should have stood together firmly against the bullying tactics of the Republican leadership abusing their power as they control both houses of Congress and the White House. Confirming unacceptable judicial nominations is simply a green light for the Bush administration to send more nominees who lack the judicial temperament or record to serve in these lifetime positions. I value the many traditions of the Senate, including the tradition of bipartisanship to forge consensus. I do not, however, value threatening to disregard an important Senate tradition, like occasional unlimited debate, when necessary. I respect all my colleagues very much who thought to end this playground squabble over judges, but I am disappointed in this deal.

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    Feingold for president. The Patriot Act is still the most anti-American piece of legislation in the last 50 years. Too bad no one else noticed that at the time.

    Thank God there's still one voice for sanity in Washington. I got Harry Reid's note to bloggers this evening - unimpressive, but on the other hand what could he say. He has to try to save face, because he had too many defectors to pull this off. This is a bad deal. Not to go all Rick Santorum on you, but as I've said before - these guys are the Neville Chamberlain Democrats.

    Re: Feingold: One Senator Who Hasn't Lost His Mar (none / 0) (#2)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:55:43 PM EST
    Too bad the senator doesn’t value my freedom of speech as much as he values his own.

    This is our own fault. We have lost the ability to communicate with the American public. We have abused our power--while we had it--and now liberal is a dirty word. We did serious damage through left-wing activist judges and now there is a backlash--be happy with the fact that we still have the right to filibuster Supreme Court Justices. That's about as good as we could expect to do.