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May 23, 2002

Feingold Slams Daschle on Patriot Act

There is a very interesting interview with Senator Russ Feingold in the May 2002 Progressive Magazine where he slams Daschle for letting the horrific Patriot Act sail through, even when Ashcroft of all people was willing to compromise. As Feingold writes about what happened to amendments he wanted to offer:

"When the original Ashcroft anti-terrorism bill came in, they wanted us to pass it two days later. I thought this thing was going to be greatly improved...But then something happened in the Senate, and I think the Democratic leadership was complicit in this...What happened in the Senate was that even though the Attorney General was going to allow these changes to make it moderately better, the Administration insisted, and Daschle went along with pushing this through...It was a low point for me in terms of being a Democrat and somebody who believes in civil liberties."

As someone who will vociferously defend the Democrats as far better on most issues, there is little question their performance on the Patriot Act, except for exceptions like the admirable Feingold, was appalling. If we want a real progressive voice in the primaries for President in 2004, we could do far worse than Russ Feingold.

Posted by Nathan at May 23, 2002 04:30 PM


Amen, Feingold is about the only progressive in the Senate, even Wellstone voted for the so-called "Patriot Act." Here in NC we hear a lot about Edwards as a progressive choice for President. What a joke, Feingold would be a much better choice. What about a movement to draft him? Is that possible in this day and age, or am I a Pollyanna?

Posted by: Paul Falduto at September 19, 2002 01:07 PM

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