Frist can’t knock down Feingold?

If he can’t insist on a vote for Russ Feingold’s motion then he needs to vacate his position.

And he can stand down on his presidential campaign, too.

One hopes he realizes that.

Hugh Hewitt spells it out in no uncertain terms. Let’s see if the GOP can actually do something right.

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  • http://davejustus.com Dave Justus

    Why do you feel this way? What benefit does pushing this to a vote, when its fate is certain give to America?
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    Is this just a desire to generate more partisan anger, on both sides?

  • TheAnchoress

    absolutely not. It’s about making the dems put up or shut up, for once. That cannot hurt the country.

  • Pam

    Tell um, Anchoress! We’re at war and this Senator, I use the term loosly, wants to take this up this issue. I say let’s take up the debate now. Let’s find out where everyone stands. Frist his a poor Majority leader and has no chance of becoming president.

  • Pam

    Take up this issue, you know what I mean.

    I get so mad I can’t think or write straight some times.

  • http://davejustus.com Dave Justus

    But ‘the dems’ don’t want to do this. One dem does. The others think it is a bad idea.
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    Let the stupid think die the ignominous death it deserves.

  • Pam

    Dave, the other Dems do think it, but they don’t have the guts, studpidity, or whatever you want to call it because they know the majority of Americans don’t believe it and it would hurt politically. If the Dems thought for a minute they could do it with no political consequences, they’d do it in a heartbeat because right now many Dems have no core beliefs other than Bush is Hitler.

  • TheAnchoress

    Dave – ONE dem wants to do it and he’s getting enormous press and enormous mileage out of it, and it’s creating a whole “narrative” that can be played into later – the “Bush deserves censure – he must because look at all the airtime the story got.”

    That’s why this has to be stopped. ONE democrat with full-court media attention – one ANYONE with full-court media attention – has the ability to build and perpetuated a distortion or a lie or misinformation. It must be challenged.

  • http://none Darrell

    Bring this to a vote now. Who knows? Maybe a fact or two will come out during the process.

  • http://therealuglyamerican.com/ The Ugly American

    Frist needs to stop running for President and start doing his job as leader of the Senate.

    The guy has zero chance of being nominated let alone elected.

  • Joseph

    I’m afraid that all of you miss the point of Frist’s reluctance and, very probably, the reluctance of his peers.
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    Given the focus of Feingold on the NSA issue, Frist’s position is none too secure. While it is virtually certain that none of his fellow Republicans would vote for the Feingold resolution, there are many in the Senate who want the NSA issue to simply evaporate from public consciousness. A spectacular show-down on the Breaking News is the last thing they want. Particularly since a fair number of them have private doubts about the issue. I don’t blame them.
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    For the NSA issue is not going to go away. It is too fundamentally tangled up with the Constitution for it to die. Sooner or later, Congress is going to have to take a stand: Did the President violate the law, or not? And the answer will make a real difference in American life for the forseeable future. Feingold has already won the battle. The issue was pressed just a little deeper into the public consciousness.
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    And, by the way, Anchoress, this is not “for once”. We went through all this with John Murtha, if you remember. Getting Democrats to vote against something simply butters no parsnips. It did absolutely nothing to budge support for the Iraq war one way or the other. That still lies in the Pending basket of the President and his party, and until it is ready for the Out basket, the doubts about it will steadily grow.
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    This is why the Murtha bashing, the Dean bashing, and Gore bashing is a becoming a dangerous political tactic likely to rebound on the bashers.
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    In order for it to work, the President, sooner or later has to deliver a free and secure Iraq. There is no indication that he will do this anytime soon, and the longer it takes, the tighter the Republican party will be tied to the issue, and all the bashing of doubters will have tied that knot even tighter.
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    When all is said and done, the NSA issue is the showdown nobody with any sense really wants right now. Not even Feingold.
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    For those opposed to the President do not want to really move until the public consciousness is thoroughly saturated with the issue. And those who support the President want to gamble that the showdown can be postponed indefinitely.


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