"when Feingold stood up and advocated censure -- based on the truly radical and crazy, far leftist premise that when the President is caught red-handed breaking the law, the Congress should actually do something about that -- the soul-less, oh-so-sophisticated Beltway geniuses could not even contemplate the possibility that he was doing that because he believed what he was saying."Of course, there's no guarantee that these same media cynics will take a principled action from an avowed non-candidate any more seriously or will help the American people understand the enormously important moral drama that America needs to enact to purge itself of the evils of these Bushites-but that non-candidacy may well help. A second small piece of evidence for my optimistic interpretation of Feingold's announcement concerns its timing. Why would Feingold spring forward so quickly after the election to notify America of his decision not to seek the presidency? It's not as though the country were waiting on pins and needles for word on the subject. One might imagine it to be no coincidence that his announcement came so quickly in the aftermath of the elections. And what had the elections changed that might bear upon Feingold's plans? The election had placed the Senate in the hands of the Democrats. It had made it possible for the judiciary committee, on which Feingold serves, to fulfill its responsibilities to oversee the executive branch's compliance or non-compliancy-with the law. It had put Feingold on a team that now has the power to investigate this president's and vice president's wanton violation of their oath of office. Senator Feingold has seemed consistently a thoughtful and careful if also courageous-man, not one to go off half-cocked on the basis of some impulse. So one might assume that Feingold had thought through his choices carefully, well before the election. And I am guessing that his decision was this: "If the Democrats gain control of the Senate, I will quickly remove myself from the race in order to be all the more credible, all the more empowered, for the work I intend to undertake when the new Congress convenes." This was a decision, in other words, that was focused less on what he was not going to do in 2008 than on what he IS going to do in 2007. If I am right in my surmise, the evidence should be evident in the early months of the new year. We should see Feingold playing a major role standing up as one of the point men, leading the charge-in the effort to confront the crimes of this dark and dangerous presidency.