The Senate Judiciary Committee members are going to have an interesting session Friday. Those identified as moderates in both parties will determine the outcome. While we know where Chairman Specter is coming from, the position of our Senator Herb Kohl is up in the air. This is a chance for the senior senator to lead and change the course of human events.
WASHINGTON, March 24 — The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a hearing for next Friday on the call by Senator Russell D. Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, to censure President Bush for his approval of a program to allow electronic eavesdropping without warrants.
Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who is chairman of the panel, said he had decided to schedule the session after Mr. Feingold, in a television interview, pressed for hearings on the censure proposal...
...Mr. Specter said his intent was not to use the session as a political forum but to explore issues surrounding the proposed censure. He said he believed the proposal was baseless.
Now we know what Specter said when the issue first arouse: Arlen Specter Gaps Truth: Can Go Either Way on Bush-NSA, While NY Times Sputters
In the understatement of the century (yes, its only five years old) Specter told the Associated Press:
There is no doubt that this is inappropriate.
Inappropriate? Inappropriate is belching at the dinner table or barfing on some foreign dignitary. Inappropriate is the behavior of most teenagers at least three times a day
I am not worried about Specter. He signaled last December that he would collapse on this one. He is a lost cause and will only do the right thing if they find the smoking gun in Bush's hand.
I am worried about Senator Herb Kohl. He knows these issues, he knows that Bush usurped the law, and he will have to break the 'gentleman's agreement' on this one. He cannot remain part of the inner circle of the Senate and serve freedom at the same time this week.