Bush, in an appearance before the press this morning, dismissed calls for censure as nothing more than partisan politics.
President Bush says Americans expect “an honest and open debate” — without “needless partisanship.” He was responding to a question about Senator Russell Feingold’s resolution to censure Bush over his warrantless wiretapping program.
In his White House news conference, Bush said Democrats haven’t come forward to demand an end to the domestic surveillance program.
Bush says if that’s what they want, then Democrats “ought to stand up and say, ‘The tools we’re using to protect the American people shouldn’t be used.’”
A brilliant push back move by Bush. Rather than ignore the matter altogether, he tells the Democrats to put action behind their words, something they’re mostly incapable of doing.