A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Go right ahead

Fox News: Feingold Flirts With Anti-War Platform---

WASHINGTON — By issuing an early call for a timetable to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, Sen. Russ Feingold could emerge as the Democrats' anti-war candidate of 2008, in the tradition of Eugene McCarthy and Howard Dean.

Although Democrats have been critical of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, they have been reluctant to call for a timetable to leave, fearing it could reinforce stereotypes that their party is weak on national security.

Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat who is comfortable on the outskirts of his party, counters that setting an end date in Iraq — preferably by the end of 2006 — would free U.S. leaders to focus on terror threats worldwide.

Right now, that sets him apart from other likely Democratic presidential candidates.
Political analysts say if Feingold can tap that anger, he could emerge as the 2008 version of Dean, the former Vermont governor who vaulted to the lead in Democratic presidential polls before flaming out last year.

"It seems to me that the public, and in particular many Democratic Party activists, are way ahead of the politicians on this question," said Steve McMahon, a longtime Dean adviser. "Feingold's going where few politicians right now dare to go."

There are even comparisons to Eugene McCarthy, the former Minnesota senator whose 1968 anti-war challenge helped lead President Johnson not to seek re-election.
By all means, Feingold, run as the new Eugene McCarthy or Howard Dean. McCarthy failed to secure the presidential nomination in 1968, 1972, and 1992. Howard Dean failed miserably in 2004 because of his insanity. Please, do copy them in your pursuit.

And, by all means, continue on with the far-Left stances that didn't do the Democratic Party much good in the 2004 Election. Be our guest!