Voting to Impeach

Over at, guest author Al McSurely reminds us of that other duty of the House of Representatives: impeachment. Al's point (and I think it is a good one) is that an important criterion in selecting a representative should be their willingness to perform that duty when called.

The challenge for those of us who take seriously our sworn vow to protect it is to select a members of the House in November 2006 who are strong, respect the Constitution, and who believe in the rule of law. When I size up our Congressional candidates, I rely on the same approach I use in picking juries. I look for people who will stand up for what they believe in. When you sue the government, like I do, you want jurors who are not afraid to challenge powerful people. You want someone who believes in the old saying: He may be President, but he puts his pants on one leg at a time. We need House members who believe that every person has to abide by the Constitution and the laws. And, given Bush/Cheney’s repeated use of vicious attacks when they are caught with unclean hands, we need people who are not afraid of a fight. : Selecting the grand jury in 2006

Read the whole thing. To my knowledge, Dunn, Kissell, and Shuler haven't weighed in on this—maybe it's a potato too hot for a challenger.


Impeachment may confuse the issue

Representative's jobs are first for the local people they represent. The election should be based on who can better represent those people on a number of important day-to-day issues. Impeachment is a long way off and may not even come up against Bush, but I think there is a much more likely chance of any Dem voting to impeach Bush than any Repub with all of their party baggage.

Ask 'em anyway

I don't think the question of impeachment can be divorced from a representative's responsibility to the people of her district. I think this is a fair way to put the question: "If you believe that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, could you vote to impeach even if a substantial number of representatives of your party disagree?" The answer to that question would be informative, even if it wouldn't be a reliable predictor of the representative's future actions.

He doesn't have to be guilty of high crimes

and misdemeanors to be impeached, only to be charged with treason. A president can be impeached for simply lying under oath. Remember that impeachment doesn't mean the President is removed from office. Articles of impeachment are similar to an indictment. The legislative body would then vote on removal from office. I don't think that we would have that much trouble getting the President impeached, it's getting his sorry ass out of the White House that's going to be the problem.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I knew it

I knew when I typed that that it was the sort of thing that I should check before saying, but then I figured that a kind reader would set me straight. Thanks, SD!

Yes, but high crimes and misdemeanors

sounds soooo much better. I'd rather he be guilty of that as it would guarantee removal from office. Oh well, there's still a lot of work for us to do to get our congress critters to do their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


I belive that Roy Cooper, NC Att. Gen, should be impeached. I have exposed his fraud on the US Supreme Court for 84 days at my webste, Corruption occurs in both parties. He hasn't denied the charges. Chris Langdon