The Thursday wrap
Constitutional scofflaw: In his failed bid to get a censure vote to the Senate floor, Sen. Russ Feingold said President Bush had violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States through his warrantless terrorist-surveillance program. We’re no fans of the program. But we would advise the Wisconsin Democrat to look in the mirror and review his efforts to undermine that same Constitution through his campaign finance “reform” efforts.
Partisan woofing: The Republican Party is considering a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over the activity of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The Hill newspaper reports CREW has filed complaints against at least 20 GOPers since its February 2003 inception but has targeted only one Democrat. CREW is headed by former top Democrat operatives. One was Bill Clinton’s pollster. Another is a big donkey donor. The GOP should file the complaint; the FEC should investigate whether CREW, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, is a watch dog or a lap dog.
A coarser Hillary: A largely unheralded quote book could be Hillary Clinton’s undoing. Tom Kuiper is out with “I’ve Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words.” One of our favorite quotes came as preschoolers posed on the lawn of the Arkansas governor’s mansion: “I want to get this (expletive) over with and get these damn people out of here.”