John Nichols of the Nation has a great take on the failure of the Democratic Party to support Russ Feingold’s censure proposal. His thesis? That the Democrats are following the same overly cautious approach that cost them the elections in both 2002 and 2004:
The opposition party that too rarely opposes appears to stand for nothing. There does not seem to be any principle, not even respect for the rule of law, that motivates most Democrats. As such, they come off as the party that will compromise on anything and everything in order to win elections. In so doing, cynical Democrats create another undeserved opening for Republicans who have argued, time and again and with considerable success, that Bush, Cheney and their Congressional allies may not always get things right but at least they operate from a place of conviction.