Friday, February 23, 2007
Working On The Cheney Gang
Three weeks ago I outlined why impeaching Dick Cheney would be a better way for Congressional Democrats to pull in the reins on the Bush administration than impeaching Bush himself. To begin with, Cheney is more politically vulnerable than the President. Removing him would eliminate the most bellicose and ruthless member of the administration, leaving Bush politically isolated. And it would dramatically raise the stakes of an eventual Presidential impeachment by putting Speaker Pelosi next in line for the Presidency. Of course, that still leaves the trifling question of a legal pretext.
Luckily, the March issue of GQ Magazine has now gone to the trouble of actually drafting the Articles of Impeachment against him. They nail him for everything from ginning up the pre-War intelligence, to promoting Halliburton's interests over those of the country, to obstructing justice by defying court orders and Congessional subpoenas to divulge the members of his Energy Task Force.
But most importantly, they point out the fact that, as Gerald Ford once said while still a Congressman:
...the only real definition of an “impeachable offense” is “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”
These guys have been running roughshod over the Constitution from the minute they started contesting the Florida recount in November 2000. Since then, it's been one game of political brinksmanship after another. So if it takes trumped up charges to take them down, I say, Trump up the charges and impeach the bastards. Just start with Cheney.