Vermont, Kucinich, and Rosie O'Donnell
However, most Democrats have little or no interest in pursuing impeachment proceedings. The clock is already ticking on the Bush administration and most Democrats would rather focus their efforts on the future, not past crimes. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table at the May 2006 caucus meeting. She has made it clear that Democrats have more to gain if they focus on maintaining a Democratic congress and electing a Democratic President. She said, “I totally oppose the impeachment of the President. We have to use our energies to end this war.” Though she went on to add, “In some ways, it is a wonderful advocacy piece for those who want to use it outside, to express rejection of the Presidents policies.”
Kucinich’s eighteen-page resolution certain expresses rejection of the Presidents policy as it lays out the evidence for the three charges he levels against Cheney. First, that Cheney manipulated the intelligence process by fabricating the threat of weapons of mass destruction to justify the war in Iraq. Second, that Cheney deceived the citizens and Congress about the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda to justify the war in Iraq. Third, Cheney has, “openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran, absent any real threat to the United States, and has done so with the United States’ proven capability to carry out the threats.”
Kucinich’s motion won’t go far with out any co-sponsors. The media barely noticed the protests, if fact they have given far more attention to Rosie O'Donnell’s rants. But I do think that the intense interest Americans are already showing in the 2008 elections reflects their desire to be done with the Bush administration. They are looking forward to a new administration and new future.
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