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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-17-06 02:35 PM
Response to Reply #37
38. Heh.
Many, many threads at DU and dkos have treated Russ as a hero for his statement, and have equated his statement with calling Democrats cowards.

I strongly disagree with Feingold making that statement publicly - whether or not one equates "cowering" with "coward" or "cowardice". (Say the words one after another. They won't be equated in people's minds? Come on. But, regardless.)

I don't believe it was high time - because I don't believe it is true. One might say that Feingold "cowered" on Alito, by refusing to use his Judiciary Comittee position to push a filibuster...or on Roberts by voting for him. But I would disagree with those too. I can criticize Feingold's, or anyone else's position without making a broad brush attack on their character or will. Perhaps - could it be? - the person just holds a different position on the issue.

So, we disagree on that one.

As for the other items on the agenda, we may not have changed the votes - or possibly we could have moved one more moderate republican on paygo, and no, Landrieu (D) voted for the budget with ANWR drilling included - BUT we could have drawn more media attention while the issues were topical. Those votes are history now, and any activism will have much less effect now than when the bills were live.

Originally I was cheering the censure move by Feingold. But I don't like him attacking other Dems, and the more I know about how it came about, the less I think that what he did was "right" at this time.

Anyway the main purpose of my post was literally to point out these other reasons for disagreeing with Feingold's move. You don't have to agree with my take on them, but they are other reasons that have been raised on other threads.
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