They pull wussy shit like this.
Instead of taking a stance and positioning themselves as an opposite party by taking up Senator Russ Feingold's request to censure the president, most Dems are backing away slowly, acting like they don't know the guy:
"Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) brushed past the press pack, shaking her head and waving her hand over her shoulder. When an errant food cart blocked her entrance to the meeting room, she tried to hide from reporters behind the 4-foot-11 Barbara Mikulski (Md.)," according to the article from the Washington Post.
Wussies. You've got the president at the lowest approval ratings. Republicans are ready to bitch-slap him because of the ports issue and now you're backing away? Draw out the political knives, get ready to slip them into the man's ribs and twist. Now is a weak moment. Strike. Think about it this way, the Republicans were ready to impeach Bill Clinton for his acts in office, and some of the public still backed Slick Willie. This is a prime moment. Take up the censure.
You've got the public wanting something to happen -- most aren't happy with Cheney, wiretapping, Iraq and other issues and you wuss out? Fucking hell. Is it that you're so afraid that you'll be voted out in 2006? Frankly, I don't think you're going to even come close to taking anything in '06 if you look like a bunch of "me too" morons. Take a stance. Fire back. Do something. Or is that cushy Capitol job just too good to give up?
I don't think you'll lose the South to the GOP by taking a differentiating stance. If anything it encourages people to see that there's differences between the two parties -- which frankly, I can't really recognize anymore, save for the cosmetic crap.
I suppose one should know better than to expect Congress to be able to regulate themselves. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
If anyone wants to put pressure on their legislator -- check out www.MoveOn.org. I don't know how much good an online petition will do, but I wish someone would have the balls to stand with Russ.