Feingold mulling presidential bid. One of the few Dems with a spine at the national level — Russ Feingold is a vocal supporter of marriage equality. We need someone like him to jump into the 2008 race to help reframe the debate, because he won’t sit on the fence — or worse, court the fundies — like some we know who have White House ambitions.
Maverick Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold said yesterday the outcome of this November’s elections could determine whether he runs for president in 2008.
Before giving a speech at the National Constitution Center yesterday, the Democrat said “a discouraging outcome would be if the Republicans didn’t lose any ground in the Senate or didn’t lose much ground, if they kept the House, if the analysis of the election was people really were squeamish about leaving Iraq.”
…An often-controversial progressive voice in the Senate since 1993, Feingold is best-known for the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance legislation. He also was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act and voted against invading Iraq.
…Feingold, who has sponsored a resolution to censure Bush over allegations of illegal wiretapping, also spoke out against what he called Bush’s obsession with expanding executive power. “There has to be something on the pages of history… indicating the lawlessness of this administration,” he said.
What he said when he came out for marriage equality, back in April:
“The proposed ban on civil unions and marriage is a mean-spirited attempt to divide Wisconsin and I indicated that it should be defeated,” Feingold said.”It discriminates against thousands of people in our communities, our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends, and our family members. It would single out members of a particular group and forever deny them rights and protections granted to all other Wisconsin citizens. It would also outlaw civil unions and jeopardize many legal protections for all unmarried couples, whether of the same or the opposite sex. We shouldn’t enshrine this prejudice in our state’s Constitution.”
— Russ Feingold, on his web site, slapping down the bigots in his state