Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dennis the Menacer: Impeach!

Right but impossible...is that quixotic or moral or both?

Dennis J. Kucinich, U.S. Rep. from the Land of Cleve, got messy again yesterday. He introduced his often threatened impeachment motion against the sitting President. Certainly far more upset than George Bush the Lesser was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In a speech on the House floor, he "accused Bush of executing a 'calculated and wide-ranging strategy'" to deceive citizens and Congress into believing that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States." He got as far as a formal resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney last year. House Republicans were ready to mix it up on that one, confident they could humiliate him in their victory, but the body killed the resolution before it got that far.

Legally and certainly morally, he's on solid ground, but I don't know of anyone who thinks he has a chance. That is in no small part because of Pelosi. She has frequently stated that "impeachment is off the table." That has annoyed and angered many of us who clearly see the crimes that the head of the current administration have committed and the thousands of lives and billions of dollars lost. Many lefties, libertarians and others who care more about law and morality than party loyalty have decried her stance.

We have to wonder what this will mean under an Obama administration with Pelosi still running the house. Would he do the right things or play the same mealy-mouth politics she has?

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