Impeachment Rears Its Ineffectual Head Yet Again
My pal Burns! asks me, in e-mail:
I thought sure you’d have something to say about the Congressman from your great state of Ohio, Dennis Kucinich, bringing his impeachment resolution before the House yesterday. He read for nearly five hours yesterday, and apparently they read the whole thing again earlier tonight.
Of course, nothing will come of it.
I don’t really have thoughts on it, for two reasons:
1. As Burns! correctly notes, nothing will come of it, since the Democratic leadership in the house wants nothing to do with it, and there aren’t enough rank and file members who want anything to do with it, either;
2. Independent of this, while one can argue whether Bush deserves to be impeached or not, I think doing so would be a waste of time and effort and political oxygen, and this is a subject I’ve been fairly consistent on over the years. Also, you know. There’s no way I would endorse impeaching Bush without impeaching Cheney first, since the second Cheney gets his dead and soulless hands on the nuclear football, he’s going to throw a tight spiral of ICBMs right at the heart of Tehran. And then, well. Then it all gets really messy.
Since I don’t think impeachment is a good idea personally, and since I don’t see how it gets any traction in the House (much less the Senate, which would have to try Bush, and in which there would not be the required majority to convict, so again what’s the point), when Kucinich brought up his impeachment resolution, I didn’t think much of it. It’s nice for him that he made a stand and has been consistent to his principles, but otherwise, eh. I know half of the blogosphere is going nuts for it, but one half of the blogosphere is always going nuts about something, and while I give the half credit for going nuts over something more substantive than, say, what Rachel Ray is wearing, at the end of the day it’s not going to amount for much.
I’ve said it before, and it’s worth saying again: Whether people believe George Bush should be impeached, he won’t be, and it’s time to accept that fact and be done with it. You’re wasting your time on fantasy, and on a fantasy that in the real world would be messy and ugly and not worth the effort. If you genuinely believe that Bush has damaged the country, spend that time and energy you would sink hooting for his impeachment into doing something actually useful, which is to say, electing people into government who would work with a will to reverse the damage. That would be something worth hooting about, and thinking about, and doing.