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Debating Feingold: The Realist/Retreatist Divide

Tuesday, March 14, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The WaPo’s Chris Cillizza has the background on the looming showdown in the Senate over Russ Feingold’s motion to censure the president over the NSA program.

The Majority Leader will score a huge win if he can get the Feingold resolution to the floor for an extended debate followed by an up or down vote.

And the country would be exceedingly well served by a very accurate scorecard on who in the Senate can be trusted to be serious about the war we are in and from which we cannot withdraw, and who will join Feingold in the fever swamp with others suffering from Moore’s Disease, as well as any conservatives giving in to long dormant isolationism.

On this last note, see John Podhoretz’s fine column in today’s New York Post (HT: Powerline) which in turn builds on Richard Lowry’s crucial National Review essay on the “to-hell-with-them-hawks.”

The third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq is a fitting moment for a great debate in the Senate on exactly what we are about in this war, its many fronts, and the tools we must employ –including warrantless NSA surveillance of al Qaeda contacting its operatives in the U.S.– in order to win.

Russ Feingold has given Bill Frist the perfect opportunity to organize this debate. The Majority Leader should be relentless in demanding it commence immediately and conclude only after every senator has spoken or chosen to hide.

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