Feingold's Censure Call Gives Him Boost

While only two Democrats in the Senate have embraced Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush, the idea is increasing his standing among many Democratic voters as he ponders a bid for the party's presidential nomination in 2008.

More evidence that Democratic leadership is out of touch with its base.


Paul Hue said...

Nadir: I don't doubt that this action pleases the demo base; but I wonder if this leads to more people voting for the guy. For a couple of decades now, the more the demo candidate pleases the demo base, the less total votes he gets. McGovern totally pleased the demo base; he go slammed.

Nadir said...

McGovern was a long time ago.

My estimation would be that if the Dems had the guts to nominate someone who energized the liberal base they would get votes from the 50% of Americans who don't bother to go to the polls for "business as usual".

Robert Kennedy would have won hands down. He was a hardcore liberal even though he was a rich imperialist like his brother.

The main problem with the Dems is that they are merely the liberal wing of the Republican party.

Paul Hue said...

Nadir: I think it's quite possible that Robert Kennedy would have won, but far from certain. McGovern's sound defeat showed that RFK would have had a challenge. Since McGovern, no democrat has run as a naked, unabashed leftist. And yes, that was a long time ago. Since then the dems have won three presidential races: Carter, in the weird election following the Nixon scandal, and the two Clinton plurality victories, enabled by Ross Perot.

Maybe the dems should go ahead and run as naked leftists, to see what happens. I hope they do.