Press the Meat Meet the Press today and was greatly impressed, once again, by Russ Feingold. You can watch the video at C&L.
The worst thing we could possible do is what Vice President Cheney and President Bush did which was take us into an unnecessary war — that had nothing to do with 9/11 — on false pretenses. They have done the worst thing that has ever been done in this regard.
Feingold was articulate, thoughtful, reasonable, intelligent, and in all other ways exactly what I would like to see in a preznit.
Which, of course, means that he doesn’t have a chance in hell.
Feingold’s way too easy of a target for the right wing slime machine. First, there’s the… how do you say? … Jewy jew jew jew surname. Apparently, Lieberman can get away with it because he’s tongue kissed Our Dear Leader, but Feingold? Not so much. Not to be overly elitist libruhl or anything, but I can’t imagine a successful candidacy so long as identity politics dominate in the south (read: the southern whites are taught to hate Jews, Blacks, and Queers. Yeeeeehaw! At the very least, the identity politics, which have their strongest hold among whites in America in the former confederate states).
Feingold also is the only senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act and the Iraq war resolution. While this is a good thing in my book, we’re talking about attacks from the guys who were able to turn Max Cleland, a Vietnam veteran who left three limbs in a foreign land fighting for his country, into bin Laden’s best friend. Jesus, thinking about that campaign makes me hope for the dino killer to land on the fucking idiots in Georgia. Then again, I don’t want to starve, I want to go out in the first blast, so land on me, meteor! Land on me! Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, Feingold’s awesomeness.
This probably is nothing, but Feingold’s tan’s kind of weird too, in that country club/yahct/orange-y way. I mean, he’s no Boehner of course (no one is), but he’s still kind of… orangey. He’ll have to turn that down for election season. No more yachting for you!
Still, he’s the best major party progressive currently out there, he’s got a hell of a track record, and he doesn’t back down. I respect him. He and Wesley Clark are my top-tier choices (since Gore is not going to run, and Obama has proven to be a paper tiger so far), and I would welcome with open arms a Feingold presidency.
So, uh, kudos to Feingold. You rock, dude. Why don’t you move on over to my state and kick Grumpy Blood Enemy Cantwell from office? I’ll back ya, buddy.
Update: hellooooo Canossa readers. Welcome and… hey! Take off your shoes before you grind mud all into my carpets! Jeez!