March 16, 2006

Censure Pong

Carroll Andrew Morse

From a Monday news article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Craig Gilbert

One liberal GOP senator, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, offered some praise for Feingold, saying the resolution would be "positive" if it fueled debate over the legality of some policies in the war on terrorism.
From a Tuesday posting on Senator Chafee’s campaign website titled "Senator Chafee Opposes Feingold's Censure Resolution"…
As I travel around Rhode Island, I am surprised by the lack of discussion on the proper balance between civil liberties and national security. While I do not agree with Senator Feingold's motion to censure the President, I believe in the need for a vigorous dialogue about this proper balance. It would be a positive step and in the best interest of the President and the American people for a constructive discussion to take place, but this censure resolution is not that step and therefore does not have my support.
From today’s Projo story by John E. Mulligan titled "Chafee refuses to rule out voting to censure Bush"...
But Chafee, a Republican, currently does not support the Wisconsin Democrat's proposal to punish the president with a censure, he said.

"Everything should occur in steps," Chafee said in an interview citing, for instance, the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the wiretapping program.

Chafee was asked whether those steps might lead to a censure of Mr. Bush that he would support. "I know you want me to go there," Chafee said, but he did not answer the question directly.

However, Chafee said he does not rule out an eventual decision to back the censure resolution, introduced Monday.

And from a new item posted today on the Senator’s website titled "Chafee reiterates opposition to Feingold's Censure Resolution"…
As I stated on Tuesday, I do not support Senator Russell Feingold’s resolution to censure the President. In a news article, the Providence Journal reporter chose to interpret the notion that I will not rule out the censure of any president in any number of hypothetical circumstances as an endorsement of the drastic censure resolution currently being offered in the Senate. This is misleading concerning my recent comments on this issue. From the first mention of this resolution, I have never expressed support for it.

I have joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle in calling for a vigorous dialogue about the balance between civil liberties and national security. I believe that as the only bodies authorized to be briefed on the full range of the wiretapping program, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees must conduct the necessary oversight, reach a final conclusion and make recommendations. I stand by that position.

How else can you interpret this last statement except as meaning nothing more than the Senator will favor any censure resolution that he does not oppose?

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Without being too redundant:

As long as he gets to see his name in lights, Chafee will favor anything he does not oppose… no wait---he’ll oppose anything he does not favor… No, that’s not right---it should occur in steps first before he opposes it---no, before he favors it…

First steps, then approval... no, disapproval.

Mensch, ich habe keine Ahnung!!!

Posted by: ian at March 16, 2006 4:20 PM

This guy is sounding more and more like the last presidential election loser from our northerly state - does he ever remember what he believes in? How about the slam on fellow RIers regarding not being more vocal about an issue that he supports? Did it ever occur to these elitist morons that the reason there is little to no debate about the wiretapping issue is people do not think it is debate-worthy? The majority of people I know are more concerned today with maintaining safety in America than worrying about what a bunch of politically posturing contrarians care about. Spare me the the Hitler references on this point - the only people who care are the liberals who would like to castrate the Republican party, oh, and also, the very small few who are planning bad things in the first place.


Posted by: Tim2 at March 16, 2006 7:44 PM