[act-ma] [ot] impeachment is pass for debate!!
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Tue Nov 6 14:59:49 PST 2007
The Nation /1 hour, 29 minutes ago/
-- The move by Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to open a House debate
on the question of whether to impeach Vice President Cheney turned into
a imbroglio for the Democratic leadership of the chamber Tuesday as
mischievous Republicans joined dozens of Democrats in rejecting a move
to table the resolution.
Kucinich had been thwarted in his efforts to get the House Judiciary
Committee to take up the proposal to hold the vice president to account
for lying to Congress and the U.S. public in order to enter into a war
in Iraq, and for trying to mislead again in order to start a war with
Iran. So he used a privileged resolution to bring the impeachment
question up before the full House.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, then moved to table
Kucinich's resolution. "Impeachment is not on our agenda. We have some
major priorities. We need to focus on those," said Hoyer, echoing House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stance that presidential accountability is "off
That should have been the end of it. But it wasn't.
A combination of Democrats who sincerely favor impeachment of Cheney
band Republicans who thought that an impeachment debate would embarrass
Pelosi, Hoyer and other House Democratic leaders blocked the motion to
Only 162 members -- 27 Republicans and 135 Democrats -- supported
tabling the proposal. A total of 251 members -- 86 Democrats and 165
Republicans -- opposed it.
What followed was wrangling between Kucinich and Hoyer on whether to
refer the resolution to the Judiciary Committee.
That set up more votes, as Democratic leaders continued to scramble to
block Kucinich's impeachment proposal.
As of late afternoon, the voting continued, with the prospect that a
limited impeachment debate might occur on the House floor. That's what
Kucinich wants. That's what Hoyer is trying to avoid.
John Nichols is the author of THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: The Founders'
Cure for Royalism
Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson hails it as a "nervy, acerbic,
passionately argued history-cum-polemic [that] combines a rich
examination of the parliamentary roots and past use of the 'heroic
medicine' that is impeachment with a call for Democratic leaders to
'reclaim and reuse the most vital tool handed to us by the founders for
the defense of our most basic liberties.'"
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