Fight For Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold is having a money bomb today. I am contributing to his campaign and I urge you to do the same.

Glenn Greenwald explains why you should:

Feingold is responsible for what is easily one of the most courageous political acts of the last decade, when he stood up on the Senate floor a mere six weeks after the 9/11 attacks -- in a climate in which almost nobody with a real platform was willing to dissent on anything, let alone anything significant -- and vehemently warned of the dangers posed by the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act. He then proceeded to cast the only Senate vote against that Orwellian-ly named bill, making it a 98-1 vote in favor. [MORE . . .]

[I]n March, 2006, Feingold went on ABC News' Sunday morning show, pronounced that Bush's eavesdropping was "right in the strike zone" of the impeachment clause, and demanded that Congress at least formally censure Bush for breaking the law, announcing that he would introduce a Resolution calling for that sanction and hold hearings on it. For those of us who had been working for months to trumpet the dangers posed by this criminal eavesdropping program, Feingold's bold advocacy for formal proceedings was vitally important for keeping the scandal in the spotlight. When virtually all Senators in his own party, across the board, were scared to even comment on, let alone support, Feingold's Censure proposal -- and when Party-pundit-hacks like Ryan Lizza dutifully mocked him for being so stupid as to challenge George Bush on such an important National Security matter -- Feingold aggressively condemend his fellow Democrats for their lack of principle and cowardice ("I'm amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president's numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide . . . too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 and 2004") and for being so cowardly beholden to Democratic consultants who tell them not to challenge Bush on national security issues. [. . .]

[Feingold]'s not from some deeply blue state like New York or Massachusettes or Vermont, where he can step out on these issues knowing that he has a lifetime safe seat. The opposite is true. Wisconsin is a deeply purple state -- though Obama won it handily in 2008, Kerry beat Bush in 2004 by less than 1 point -- and Feingold himself has had very close re-election battles. He takes the positions he does despite the impact they can have on his political career, not because of it.

Feingold is the exception that proves my rule that "pols are pols and do what they do." He is the conscience of the Senate and the conscience of the Democratic Party. He is a progressive champion who fights for progressive values every day. Progressives should fight for him.

Fight for Russ Feingold.

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    Did My Part Yet Again (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kaleidescope on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 11:47:11 AM EST
    And if my 78 year old retired Bay View High librarian mother can kick in $1,000, lots of other people can at least give something.  Time to dig, folks.

    Done. I always obey librarians. (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 01:26:52 PM EST
    And I didn't know he was from Janesville until CC mentioned it last week. I grew up in N.IL, not far from there - Janesville was on our 'places to go drinking beer' list when the drinking age in WI was lower.

    So I contributed in memory of Janesville too.


    Kinda sad when... (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 01:53:00 PM EST
    those in search of some decent Senate representation have to look beyond their states two seats, all the way to Wisconsin, for some senate representation worth a damn, eh ruffian?

    I wouldn't give Schumer a dime if he were running a tight race against Genghis Khan...I'd take up speaking mongolian first.


    Me too (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 02:05:09 PM EST
    Ah, Janesville needs your good thoughts (none / 0) (#12)
    by Cream City on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 04:03:05 PM EST
    as it is in such sad shape now, with nothing as yet (Russ and Herb, do your job for the folks! jeesh, how about we finally get our fair share of some fed funds, in the state that's almost last for that) to counteract the devastating GM plant closings.

    The big plant paid for by we the taxpayers of Wisconsin, based on GM's big promises.

    It is an especially sad irony that the company now is owned by all of you, too, so you killed Janesville -- a remarkable town to which many fugitive slaves owed their lives and freedom.

    (So you must have grown up near Rockford?)


    A grand....whew (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 12:19:22 PM EST
    That IS a hunk of cheddar :)

    You didn't try to stop her? (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 12:49:11 PM EST
    I like Russ and all, but a grand?  I wouldn't let my moms do that...she's gonna need it to keep paying for her ever climbing prescriptions and copays.

    Unless it makes her happy, then by all means...


    She Didn't Ask I Found Out After the Fact (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by kaleidescope on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 09:14:49 PM EST
    And she's been going door to door for Russ in Manitowoc.  She does this even though she despises his knee jerk pro-Israel politics.  Her Milton professor -- an even older retired UWM professor -- was in West Bank a couple of years ago standing with some Palestinians trying to protect their olive groves.  An Israeli settler kicked this 82 year old man to the ground and smashed three of his ribs while an IDF soldier looked on.  When this old man contacted Feingold, his Senator, to ask about it, Feingold acted like the guy had the plague.

    Given my mother's feelings on this subject, Feingold has to be pretty good on just about everything else to get this kind of support from her.

    I like Russ, but I still think Gaylord Nelson was a better senator.


    Seems he's more like a conscientious objector (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Rojas on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 12:21:36 PM EST
    Than the conscience of the party.

    I will fight for Russ (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 10:24:59 AM EST
    He is worth my effort

    I'll root for Russ... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 10:50:16 AM EST
    I do believe him to be one the very few Dems worth a damn...but I ain't got 20 bones for Talkleft right now, much less Russ...literal shoestring budget so I ain't going to Guadalajara with lint:)

    But he is probably the one and only I'd waive my "never give pols money" rule for...If he was my senator, I'd definitely bang on some doors for him.

    Take it down Russ...we need your lone voice in the wilderness.  His vote on the Patriot Act is probably the bravest vote in recent Senate history...I'll always be grateful for that.


    Agree, he's one of the few worth it (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Democratic Cat on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 11:45:44 AM EST
    I like that he calls it a "cheddarbomb."  I gave him a few extra dollars for originality.

    An easy cheesy choice? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 12:18:44 PM EST
    Yes, 2008 was an aberration (none / 0) (#3)
    by Cream City on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 10:52:59 AM EST
    so good to see that Glenn reminds a larger audience that Wisconsin is not (and never really has been) a "progressive" state.  Populist in the north, Socialist in Milwaukee, but Progressive really only around Madison then.  So it's Democrat only in two or three well-populated cities.

    And too many forget that Feingold's first win was a fluke -- a brilliant fluke in the primary, but won in the general only as part of a "throw out the bums" mindset even then.  A mindset that is back. . . .

    WI was safe in 2008, not so much now (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by huzzlewhat on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 10:46:28 AM EST
    I always assumed that there was no chance of WI going Republican in 2008 simply because of the specific Republican candidate -- McCain's track record on the water issue is something that really matters here. It amused me to see the Democratic win in 2008 touted as a great achievement, and it's sad and scary to see too many Dems now assume it's "safe." Now that McCain's effectively gone, it's not as if there's an overwhelming loyalty to the Democratic party here.

    1992 (none / 0) (#13)
    by Ben Masel on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 09:13:20 PM EST
    by the time russ pulled his upset in the Primary (biggest polling fail EVER,) I'd already hung the incumbent, Bob Kasten, with the nickname "Wrongway Bob," managing Roger Faulkner's kamikaze run in the Republican Primary. this alluded to the incident in which he'd been stopped, drunk, trying to enter the DC Beltway via an exit ramp.