Jim Rowen at the Xoff Files argues that since Feingold was "right" on the Patriot Act, he must be right on the censure:
People bashing (the GOP) and/or ignoring (mainstream Dems) Russ Feingold over the maverick Democrat's proposal to censure President Bush should remember the last noteworthy time that Feingold took an isolated position: his vote against the so-called Patriot Act.
It didn't take long for plenty of liberals and conservatives to realize that Feingold was right and they were wrong.
How are we defining plenty here? The Patriot Act was overwhelmingly renewed. At this pace, Feingold might get Bush censured some time early in the 22nd century.
Apparently, Russ' talking points must urge that one never mention the junior Senator from Wisconsin's name without inserting the word "maverick" within the preceding or following five words. Helps with Nexis and Google. "Maverick" is a term after Samuel Maverick, a rancher who did not brand his cattle. It refers it an unbranded range animal. You can't tell who it belongs to.
Feingold's brand is pretty clear. It's hard left.
If Feingold's departure from the liberal line a mere 15 % of the time makes him some sort of bold maverick, than Rick Santorum's departure from the conservative perspective 30% of the time must make him an altogether new type of higher political being. When it comes to maverick-ness, Rick just blows Russ away.