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Feingold largely alone in having guts to challenge Bush

Like prior legislation Sen. Russ Feingold has authored in response to the "war on terror," his effort to censure President George Bush is unlikely to succeed. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday said he probably will oppose it. B...

Like prior legislation Sen. Russ Feingold has authored in response to the "war on terror," his effort to censure President George Bush is unlikely to succeed. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday said he probably will oppose it. But success can be measured in a number of different ways.

The Wisconsin Congressman is sponsoring two resolutions -- one to censure the president, Vice President Dick Cheney and other rabid White House officials for launching a war without adequate preparation, misleading the public to justify their actions; the other chastising Bush for warrantless surveillance.

Both measures represent the public's growing dissatisfaction with administration decisions. By all measures, the president's popularity is at a record low. This information is not lost on Congress. But an overwhelming number of elected senators and representatives don't want to rock the boat -- at least not in the violent manner suggested by Feingold. As Reid put it, everybody knows the Bush agenda is unpopular. There's no need for a censure resolution.

Sadly, Reid falls into that category of elected officials who's all passion and no action. Talk is cheap, but it's fleeting. While he regularly condemns the administration's war policies, that's not the same as formally censuring the chief executive and his misdirected cabinet members.

Constant yapping by Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also falls short of sending a message to citizens of the world, who need to understand Americans resent Bush & Co.'s countless foreign policy miscalculations and mistakes.

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The administration's unyielding war stand and rhetoric deserve to be met with equal force by Democrats. Far too few in that party, however, exhibit Feingold's willingness to fight this battle in the trenches. He stands almost alone among those who are willing to both expose and penalize the administration for its ignorant, unsuccessful and arrogant actions -- launching a needless war in Iraq and creating a training ground for al-Qaeda while letting Osama bin Laden run free within the borders of our "ally," Pakistan.

Bush should be taken to the woodshed.

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