What can you say? Greider’s at it again.
The Washington Post runs an obligatory account on page 8, quoting Mr. Anonymous Democrat Strategist on the unwisdom of Feingold’s gesture. The New York Times story on page 24 quotes the esteemed constitutional authority Dick Cheney. The House Repubican leader (who replaced the corrupt House leader who resigned) denounces Feingold’s resolution as “political grandstanding of the very worst kind.” Like the Republican impeachment of Bill Clinton for fellatio in the White House? Go away, Feingold, let us get back to the people’s business.
The real story — naturally overlooked by cynical editors — is that an honest truth-teller is loose in the fun house and disturbing the clowns. Man bites dog, senator defends Constitution.
Feingold has a reputation for such quaint deviations — a naïf who voted against the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act. On principle! How naïve is that? He talks like he might run for President, yet he seems tone-deaf to the artful resonances of power politics — the cutesy games insiders play and the press cherishes. Hey, what is this Constitution thing anyway?