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January 12, 2007

Starting Impeachment Politics

David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org among other things, has an interesting post regarding impeachment:

There is a decent chance that within the next month or two the New Mexico State Legislature will ask the U.S. House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney. And there is the definite possibility that a Congress Member from New Mexico will take up the matter when it gets to Washington. The Jefferson Manual, rules used by the U.S. House, allows for impeachment to be begun in this manner. It only takes one state legislature. No governor is needed. One Congress Member, from the same state or any other, is needed to essentially acknowledge receipt of the state's petition. Then impeachment begins. [...]

In New Mexico, a leading light of that state's politics, State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque, will be leading the way on impeachment. He deserves the support of all the world, and you can thank him at jortizyp@aol.com or 505-986-4380. Let's help him make New Mexico the land of enchantment and impeachment.

I had no idea it can be done that way. Things could get interesting.

[Via Poputonian]

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Impeachment proceedings now would be no less contentious and useless than they were during the Clinton administration. They would dangerously shift the focus of Congress and the nation at a time when we have plenty of more important things to worry about. Calling for impeachment proceedings now is, in a word, juvenile.

Posted by: Kevin at January 14, 2007 11:15 AM

Yes, more important things to do, like getting ready to attack Iran.

Posted by: Michael at January 16, 2007 09:29 PM

I've heard impeaching Bush is possible, but impeaching Cheney would be somewhere between very difficult to impossible. I think it's clearly understood that Bush doesn't get impeached unless Cheney goes along with him (imagine Cheney being sworn in as president and now close your eyes and go to sleep).

Presidential impeachment, followed by a successful conviction in the Senate (unprecedented in the U.S.), can be a long, drawn out affair that would distract Congress. Our new Congress has only been in office a couple of weeks and although I have low expectations of them I'd rather not have them distracted just in case they're able to affect some sort of positive change. I prefer hedging my bets on the lesser of two evils.

Besides, if both Bush and Cheney were removed from office, are we certain how Pelosi would handle Iraq? Remember, this is the woman who has publicly stated that cutting off funding for the war is the same thing as not supporting our troops. Additionally, is this the right time for the first U.S. female president? Admittedly, I don't know all the dynamics involved in seating the first woman president so I can't say this isn't the right time. But I also can't say it's the right time.

Posted by: Jeff at January 17, 2007 01:51 AM