2006/03/15

All Hat, No Cattle

Jim Hightower commented on visitng Bill Clinton in Arkansas long before Bill became President:

I found Governor Bill eager to be 'for the small farmers of Arkansas'--as long as this did not require him to do anything that might actually help them, such as taking on the bankers who were choking the life out of them or challenging the big processors that were cheating them. When it came time to deliver, the guy was all hat, no cattle.

It's hard to avoid the conclusion that most of the Democrats of today are in the same way concerning Senator Russ Feingold’s resolution to censure Bush for his illegal, warrantless wiretaps:

"I haven't read it," demurred Barack Obama (Ill.).

"I just don't have enough information," protested Ben Nelson (Neb.). "I really can't right now," John Kerry (Mass.) said as he hurried past a knot of reporters -- an excuse that fell apart when Kerry was forced into an awkward wait as Capitol Police stopped an aide at the magnetometer.

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.). . . .

Yeesh! Whatta depressing bunch of no-accounts! Though actually, firedoglake says:

John Kerry has been saying right out of the gate he would support the resolution, Boxer's office has been confirming that she would and so has Menendez. And now Harkin (above) has signed on as a co-sponsor. Counting Feingold himself, that's five.

Unfortunately, LiberalOasis adds:

*LiberalOasis was told by a Kerry staffer that Kerry supported the Feingold resolution, yet Kerry has not made any formal statements and he ducked reporters’ questions about it yesterday.

Naturally, to nobody's surprise, Lieberman is one of three Democrats who resolutely declares that Bush's lawbreaking is OK by him.
Digby takes on a whole host of reasons for Democrats not to support Feingold and absolutely trashes them all. Yee-hah!

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