MoveOn.org Gonzales response
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the Senate Judiciary
Committee provided fuel for MoveOn.Org’s hope of impeaching the president
and winning Democrat seats in the next election. Here is the e-mail
following Gonzales’ testimony:
This morning, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified about the
president's illegal domestic spying program. His testimony came one day
after Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary
Committee, said that the president violated the law1 and the
Washington Post debunked a key Bush administration claim, reporting that the
program tapped thousands of innocent Americans and almost no terrorism
The White House has already set the stage to stonewall.3 So it's
important that our senators demand real answers from the administration.
This is a critical moment. Senators will be gauging public reaction to
today's hearing for the next few days. If they don't hear pressure from us,
they may let this go. On Wednesday we want to deliver signatures and
comments by email to every Senator demanding thorough hearings and a special
prosecutor. Can you help us get to 400,000 signatures by Wednesday?
Here is the bottom line: the president is breaking the law. He already has
the authority to wiretap suspected terrorists—and we support that—but he
chose to reach beyond that. We need to know why he refuses to get warrants
and he needs to be held accountable.
Respecting the rule of law isn't a partisan issue, it's a core American
principle. That's why prominent conservatives like David Keene, Paul Weyrich
and Grover Norquist are outraged by the president's illegal program.4
Even leading Republicans like Chuck Hagel, Lindsey Graham, and Sam Brownback
have seriously questioned the president's authority.5 With public
criticism mounting, the Bush administration knows they're in big trouble.
If the president can get away with breaking the law now, there's no limit to
what he or any other president can do. Together we can stop it now.
This is an important issue and it will help remind Americans, in an election
year, what Republicans are all about—accumulating power for themselves, and
trampling the system of checks and balances designed to stop that. It's the
Senate's job to act as a check on the president's power. If they can't do
it, they shouldn't be in Washington.
Thanks for all you do,
–Eli, Nita, Jennifer, Justin and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Monday, February 6th, 2006
MoveOn.org's new Impeach Bush ad
To the end of pushing forward the concept that President Bush needs to be
impeached, MoveOn.org is advancing a new TV ad linking Bush to Nixon:
We've put together a powerful new ad that that compares President Bush
to President Nixon and forces the real question: is the president above the
law? Will you help us air it during this critical week?
You can click here to view the ad: [LINK]
Bush team jumping to McCain
NewsMax reports on the fact that many of President Bush’s political
operatives are jumping on Sen. John McCain’s presidential hopes:
With the 2008 presidential election less than three years away, more than a
few members of President Bush's campaign team have begun to migrate to the
current GOP frontrunner, Sen. John McCain.
According to Newsweek magazine, Mark McKinnon, Bush's longtime media
adviser, has told the president he's ready to leap aboard McCain's "Straight
Talk Express," unless brother Jeb or Condoleezza Rice change their minds and
get into the race.
Among Bush fundraisers, the biggest catch, says Newsweek, is Tom Loeffler, a
former congressman from San Antonio, who is a Bush-family loyalist and
helped build Bush's money machine in 2000.
Sen. Hillary Clinton tried to demonstrate that she doesn’t need anger
management classes while being interviewed by reporters yesterday.
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman recently said that
Hillary had too much anger to be president. The
NY Times covers the story:
"I would suggest that the Washington Republicans worry about these
devastating budget cuts, the confusion and bureaucratic nightmare in the
prescription drug benefit — that that's where they should be spending their
time and energy, instead of trying to divert attention away from their many
failures and shortcomings," Mrs. Clinton said.
Gingrich promotes agenda
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich was in Connecticut recently offering his
opinion as to what the national agenda needs to include.
Gingrich warned of five foreign and internal forces that threaten the
nation: terrorism and rogue governments, loss of patriotism, economic
decline owing to poor math and science education, the financial burdens from
Social Security and Medicare, and the disappearance of God in everyday life.
"I think the challenges we face are very big," Gingrich said. He warned that
fixing them calls for very deep and very dramatic changes in America
Democrats call for raising taxes
President Bush presented his 2.77 trillion and held to his hope of making
the current tax cuts permanent. In response, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called
for letting the tax raises to go into effect.
Hillary Clinton was not so blunt -- she used the code words "Instead of
investing in the future" in calling for tax increases.
Rep. David Obey (D-WI) offered the Democrat standard of class warfare:
"Bush's budget proposal is a guide to how the American public is paying for
tax cuts that are skewed to benefit the wealthiest Americans. ... This isn't
fiscal discipline; it's telling the American people that government isn't
for the public, it's for the privileged."
McCain vs. Obama
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) offered a letter to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IA) and
sent it directly to his home state newspaper. It has set off a great stir
and clearly caught Obama off-guard. If you wish to read the full exchange of
letters and see the biting wit of McCain, go to Obama’s website: [LINK]
Romney in New Hampshire
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will appear at the Carroll County Republican
Committee's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 24 in Ossipee, New Hampshire.