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Monday, April 10, 2006

Censure still a mainstream idea

It's going to break the hearts of all my conservative readers, but their contention that support for Russ Feingold's censure motion is the exlusive purview of the drum-circle left remains unfounded. I noted it here, when a poll showed support for censure at 46%; I did again here, when another poll showed support at 42%. Now the new ABC/ Washington Post poll shows support for censure at a solid 45%:
The depth of public dissatisfaction with Bush and the highly partisan nature of the criticism are underscored by public attitudes toward efforts by some in Congress to censure him or impeach him for his actions as president.

Democratic and Republican congressional leaders view both scenarios as remote possibilities. Still, more than four in 10 Americans--45 percent--favor censuring or formally reprimanding Bush for authorizing wiretaps of telephone calls and e-mails of terrorism suspects without court permission. Two-thirds of Democrats and half of all independents, but only one in six Republicans, support censuring Bush, the poll found.

Last month, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) introduced a resolution in the Senate to censure Bush. A majority of Americans, 56 percent, said his move was driven more by politics than by principle.
I included that last part, knowing that if I didn't, it would be the first club trotted out to beat down my point. I say, so what? At least 11% of people polled seemingly don't care if the move to censure Bush for his disregard of a law that makes a felony out of exactly what he's admitted doing* is political. It may be that Russ is capitalizing on the matter for his own gain, but it's still apparently the right move in people's minds.

* And if anyone still thinks this "domestic spying" scandal isn't actually domestic should think again.

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