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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Feingold calls for censure of Bush

Ahhh, yes. Another obscure senatorial procedure made famous during the Clinton years. There isn't going to be any impeachment proceeding while the Dems are the minority in both houses. And the GOP will do everything possible to keep this from reaching a vote.

However, Feingold might be onto something by putting both parties on the record. Most Republicans are going to make much of their 'willingness to stand up to the president' on the Dubai Ports World sale. It gives them a chance to distract voters from the fact that they march in lockstep with the president.

Feingold's move might be a good way to nullify that line by asking the question "Are you willing to stand up to the president when he's breaking the law?"

STEPHANOPOULOS: But as you know, the President says he was acting on his inherent authority under the Constitution, and even your resolution acknowledges that no federal court has ruled that a president does not have that authority as Commander in Chief, so aren’t you jumping the gun?

FEINGOLD: Not at all. You know, we’ve had a chance here for three months to look at whether there’s any legal basis for this, and they’re using shifting legal justifications. First they try to argue that somehow, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, they can do this. It’s pretty clear that they can’t. Then there’s the argument that somehow the military authorization for Afghanistan allowed this. This has basically been laughed out of the room in the Congress. So the last resort is to somehow say that the President has inherent authority to ignore the law of the United States of America, and that has the consequence that the President could even order the assassination of American citizens if that’s the law. So there is no sort of independent inherent authority that allows the president to override the laws passed by the Congress of the United States.