Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Frist Fires Back

Good for him. Bill Frist tell Russ Feingold where he can put his censure proposal:

Senate Democrats refused to allow a vote yesterday on a proposal by one of their own to censure President Bush for his warrantless terrorist-surveillance program.

Sen. Russell D. Feingold accused Mr. Bush yesterday of breaking the law and lying to Congress for ordering eavesdropping within the United States without warrants. The Wisconsin Democrat introduced in the Senate an official resolution to censure Mr. Bush, which by nightfall had been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. "This is one of the most blatant attempts in American history by a president to violate the law, to boast about the fact that he violated the law, to continue to violate the law and to mock anyone who questions it," Mr. Feingold said. "That has to be answered. Otherwise, our system of government has changed in a very tragic way."

Majority Leader Bill Frist dismissed the proposal as "political gamesmanship" and said that if the Senate was going to consider such a serious sanction, he wanted an immediate vote on the matter, which the Democrats would not permit. "This is a political stunt, a political stunt that is addressed at attacking the president of the United States of America when we're at war," Mr. Frist said. "The president is leading us with a program that is lawful, that is constitutional, that is vital to the safety and security of the American people."

Of course it's political gamesmanship, and pretty stupid gamesmanship to boot. Poll after poll shows the American people support trying to find out what al Qaeda is up to regarding the United States, but here's Feingold pandering to the kooks in the Democratic base...which seem to be the majority of the party now.

The White House said the resolution was about Mr. Feingold's White House aspirations.

"I think it has more to do with 2008 politics than anything else," Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said. "I think it does raise the question of how do you fight and win the war on terrorism, and if Democrats want to argue that we shouldn't be listening to al Qaeda communications, that's their right. And we welcome the debate."

Just as their opposition to the Dubai ports deal had nothing to do with national security, but trying to harm President Bush, so it is with their "outrage" over the NSA program. They're playing politics with our safety, it's as simple as that. Blithering idiots.

JASmius adds: Weren't the Dems trying to get to Bush's national security right on the DPW deal? Boy, that didn't last long, did it?