Monday, March 26, 2007

GOP lawmaker says impeachment an option for Bush

From the AP via the Houston Chronicle

GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent critic of the war, stopped short of calling for Bush's impeachment. But he made clear that some lawmakers viewed that as an option should Bush choose to push ahead despite public sentiment against the war.

"Any president who says, I don't care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don't care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed — if a president really believes that, then there are — what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that," said Hagel, who is considering a 2008 presidential run.


Today, Hagel said he was bothered by Bush's apparent disregard of congressional sentiment on Iraq, such as his decision to send additional troops. He said lawmakers now stood ready to stand up to the president when necessary.

In the April edition of Esquire magazine, Hagel described Bush as someone who doesn't believe he's accountable to anyone. "He's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment. I don't know. It depends on how this goes," Hagel told the magazine.

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Most of the Democrats have been running scared for years on the issue of impeachment, despite the fact that if we held old Chimpy to the Clinton impeachment standard, Bush would have been written up back in '04. Only Nixon could have gone to China, and only a Republican can seriously start the conversation about impeaching a Bush. The dam has burst. Impeachment is no longer unthinkable in mainstream politics. I mean, this doesn't mean it's going to happen, but Hagel has now cleared the way for the Democrats to pound their fists and scream and yell about it.

If they've got the balls to do so, that is.