From one of my most favoritest blogs, Body and Soul:
Matt Bai’s thoroughly dispiriting NYT Magazine piece on Mark Warner — only possible alternative to Hillary my royal… — drew a deep sigh from me this morning over these words:
…the populist Russ Feingold has currency mostly as a protest candidate…
Well, thank you so very much for withdrawing any small-d democratic illusions I might have had.
There are advantages to being a protest candidate, though. You get to protest:
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 first seeking a legally required court order.
“This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Feingold, D-Wis., a three-term senator and potential presidential contender.
He said President Bush had, “openly and almost thumbing his nose at the American people,” continued the NSA domestic wiretap program.
ReddHedd is asking people to move fast, contacting senators first thing tomorrow, letting them know that Feingold has a lot of support, and that it would not be politically wise to be on the wrong side. That makes perfect sense to me. The Senate’s switchboard number is (202) 224-3121, or you can get a direct line here.
I’d throw in writing letters to newspapers as well — another way of making the support he has clear and public.
Feingold has taken a chance. Don’t leave him dangling.