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Political Grandstanding
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Senate Democrats, while apparently eager to submit a censure resolution against President Bush for the NSA wiretapping deal. But they aren't so eager to actually have a vote on it.
Senate Democrats on Monday blocked an immediate vote on a call by one of their own to censure President Bush for his eavesdropping program.

They acted after Republicans said they were eager to pass judgment on a proposal that they portrayed as baseless and disruptive to the antiterror effort.

Minutes before Senator Russell D. Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, formally introduced his resolution reprimanding Mr. Bush, Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, said Republicans were ready to vote by day's end or Tuesday...

Democrats, while distancing themselves from Mr. Feingold's assertion that the president "plainly broke the law" in approving surveillance without warrants, said his proposal merited more consideration than a hasty vote.

"To try to limit debate on this most important matter that Senator Feingold is going to put before the Senate is not appropriate," said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the minority leader.
Heh. Yeah, because if you actually have a vote on it, and lose, the issue dies. It's far better to drag out the debate, and thus keep the issue alive.

Which is, of course, the entire point.
 
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I think this is more about a rift between Feingold and the caucus leadership—they seem to want to bury it in Judiciary and avoid a floor vote. Him, not so much.
 
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