Another One Bites The Dust

It’s the smartest move of his political career…Senator Russ Feingold, no doubt internalizing the push to the center that brought the Democrats back into Congressional power, has taken his hat out of the 2008 ring: Feingold, 53, conceded that he faced long odds of winning the nomination. “It would have required the craziest combination of [...]

Is It Hillary By Acclamation?

It sure will be if John Edwards is the toughest rival she faces.  Michael Barone looks at the fallout from the Warner withdrawal: Mark Warner announced this morning that he’s not running for president. As Prince Metternich asked when informed that the Russian ambassador had suddenly dropped dead, “What can have been his motive?” I [...]

Two Ways Of Looking At Yesterday’s NSA Ruling

You can look at it as a necessary step on the way to the Supreme Court ruling on this very important program, as the Washington Post did: THE NATION would benefit from a serious, scholarly and hard-hitting judicial examination of the National Security Agency’s program of warrantless surveillance. The program exists on ever-more uncertain legal [...]

Slamming Senator Kerry…

…is such good sport that it’s now spread to the NY Times: When Senator John Kerry was their presidential nominee in 2004, Democrats fervently wished he would express himself firmly about the Iraq war. Mr. Kerry has found his resolve. But it has not made his fellow Democrats any happier. They fear the latest evolution [...]

Clift Diving

Ah, the joys of Eleanor! In the midst of a mostly correct piece on the foolhardiness of the Feingold censure move, there are several vintage Cliftian observations: Just when the momentum was going against the president, Feingold pops up to toss the GOP a life raft. It’s brilliant strategy for him, a dark horse presidential [...]

Q: When Is A Feingold Censure Supporter Not A Feingold Censure Supporter?

A: When he’s identified as such by Jane Hamsher! We revisit a point we raised briefly on 3/16, namely that primarily lefty bloggers mistakenly believe, and keep repeating the claim that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has already come out in support of Feingold’s censure resolution. Problem is, Hotline hasn’t seen a single press release or [...]

The Case Against Russell Lieberman

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the Daily Kos, March 15, 2005: Lieberman and the DLC are the designated “Democrat-bashers” for Fox News and the rest of the media world…Need to bash Democrats on any particular issue? Call Joe Lieberman! He has no concept of party loyalty and will happily blaze away. Russ Feingold, Fox News, March 14, [...]

Feingold To Attempt Censure: Nutroots® Applaud

In the type of hopeless lost cause that gets the progressive tails wagging, Senator Russ Feingold is going to attempt a censure of Bush: In an exclusive interview on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold called on the Senate to publicly admonish President Bush for approving domestic wiretaps on American citizens without [...]

2008 Update: The Democrats Reconsidered

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote my candidate profile of Hillary Clinton; the last time I updated her odds, I put her at 4-1 (to receive the nomination, not win the presidency). How’s she looking now? Contra Douglas MacKinnon, Hillary WILL run; of that, I feel certain. The harsher rhetoric in her recent [...]

Too Early? Never!

That’s my (tongue-in-cheek, I assure you ) response to Jay Cost, who suggests that it’s premature to focus too much on 2008: No poll about the next presidential election is worth your attention until Summer, 2007 at the earliest. The reason for this is that their predictive power is literally nil. They might help Martha [...]

National Security Roundup

Broad agreement today on terms of a Patriot Act extension, but Feingold isn’t having any of it: Presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said the agreement would “continue to build upon the civil liberties protections that are in place but do so in a way that doesn’t compromise our national security priorities.” “We’re pleased that this important [...]

George Will Jumps The Shark

Well, not really, but it makes a a good headline. And that’s entirely the point, because I can’t believe such an astute observer as Will believes what he says. He profiles Russ Feingold, and mostly gets it right, including the happiness Republicans can take away from the antics of the progressives: …[Feingold] has a problem [...]

The Fix Is In For 2008

Writing in his column/blog at the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza offers the following list as the 12 candidates to watch for 2008: Democrats – Bayh, Clinton, Edwards, Fiengold, Kerry, Warner Republicans – Allen, Frist, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Romney Well, I haven’t done any handicapping lately, so let’s take a look at those candidates. First, the [...]

The DJ Drummond/Patrick Ruffini Spat: Behind Door Number One…

…we find Rudy G. This weekend, in an eloquently titled post, I examined the strangely vehement denunciation of Patrick Ruffini’s straw poll by DJ Drummond of PoliPundit. Patrick himself responded here: I’ve never claimed to be George Gallup here. As I laid out a few months back, a poll of self-selected blogosphere activists will never [...]

Candidate Profile Twenty-Five: Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold, Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, has one thing going in his favor: his very strong anti-war credentials. This will help to separate him from the pack, and bring him a lot of money and attention. The activist side of the party will embrace him (as indeed they already have). Yet, as Howard Dean showed [...]

Russ Feingold: A Date Certain

Russ Feingold, whom I’ve yet to profile (I’ve got no excuses now that I’ve made the move and will profile none other than Mr. Feingold this weekend, time permitting), is making a move that, while it may play well with the Kossacks, is, from a national security standpoint, a disaster. What Feingold is proposing, in [...]