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March 26, 2006



I don't think it was a dumb move by a long shot. I think it was an incredibly smart move.

I mean, what's the one thing that is bound to give you overwhelmingly support among certain segments of the Democratic party? Blasting the Iraq war/war on terror (at least the way BushCO has prosecuted it) and blasting DC Dems.

And if you can do them both at the same time, then that's a bonus.

Feingold could've gone to Harry Reid and worked within the party structure. Best result- several Dems sign on and make this look even better. Worse result- even if Reid had said no, Feingold could've still moved on it. But blindsiding your Dem colleagues and then blasting them because of it isn't anything but a political move.

And let's be honest, pols are, by nature, a cautious lot. Feingold knows this, he's no neophyte, so why do the exact thing- bringing something up on the fly- that's bound to make them skittish?

This entire episode only serves to further the narrative of "Feingold as maverick Senator who is the only Washingtonian to have the guts to stand up to the DC establishment". The question is- was this portion of the narrative concocted or genuine?

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