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26Nov/090

Golden Fleece 2.0?

» NYT: Feingold Picks Up 'Fleece' Mantle

Senator Russ Feingold on Monday launched a new "Spotlight on Spending" that recalled the long-running -- and better-named -- campaign against perceived government waste by an earlier maverick Democrat from Wisconsin, the late William Proxmire of "Golden Fleece" fame.

With all due respect to Sen. Feingold, I'm not sure anyone can really claim to carry on Proxmire's tradition in the truest sense. Kudos to him for at least opting for a different name.
Don't get me wrong ... Feingold does have some pretty good credibility for doing what he's doing. But there just doesn't exist anyone in the Senate today with Proxmire's particular critique on federal spending. They literally just do not make them like that anymore. I suspect the late Senator was aware of this when he declined giving any of his fellow Senators the mantle of the "Golden Fleece" awards back in his final year despite several of them asking for it.

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