Dems Remain Unsure of Censure

Feingold's effort gathers little support; Congress fears backlash
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2007 6:50 AM CDT
In this photograph provided by "Meet the Press", Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wisc., speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Washington. Feingold said Sunday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A proposed Senate resolution to censure President Bush for the Iraq war could have galvanized Democrats—but  instead they're sharply divided over what some see as grandstanding, Politico reports. Only a handful back Russ Feingold's plan, or another tied to the US attorneys firings, nervous that nonbinding censures will only fuel public frustration with empty gestures.

Senate Democrats have already moved on a series of such resolutions concerning the war and firings scandal. "I came here to get stuff done, not vote on procedural motions," said one senator. Republicans are gleeful about the Democrats' bickering. "This is like Christmas in July," said a GOP aide.