Senate Democrats oppose the war in Iraq, they just don't plan on stopping it.
They have discovered that standing up to the president is not quite as easy as vilifying him.dditional Resources
Fact sheet on Feingold’s proposed legislation
Use the power of the purse: An opinion piece by Senator Russ Fein
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., has decided, however, to challenge what he calls the "timidity" of Democratic leaders. He is going to introduce legislation cutting off funding for the Iraq war and he may do it, he told me, as early as this week.
I reached him by telephone Monday in Fond du Lac, Wis., where he was conducting one of his "Listening Sessions" with voters during a snowstorm.
I asked him whether Democratic voters were further to the left than their elected leaders, especially their presidential candidates, when it came to the war.
"That is not only true of Democrats," Feingold said, "it is true of the public as a whole. The mainstream view of the American people is to get out of Iraq."
Feingold is going to put his fellow Democrats to the test: If you are really against this war, he is going to tell them, now is the time to show it.
"Those (Democrats) who are timid on this, who are they listening to?" he said. "The people don't want us to talk just about ending the escalation. They think this whole war is wrong."
Monday, January 29, 2007
"Feingold Calls War Bluff"
Roger Simon on Politico.com: