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Re: Apparently Kucinich was holding back Sigismund

Posted by zeugma on July 26, 2008, at 1:29:34

In reply to Re: Apparently Kucinich was holding back, posted by Sigismund on June 12, 2008, at 15:04:34

'Impeachment a hot topic at 'not Impeachment' hearing'

I love this kind of Orwellian thing. But it gets better:

"A committee aide tells RAW STORY that members were cautioned to abide by the Rules of the House, which prohibit lawmakers from "impugning" the president's character during official debate. Some apparently took this to mean they could not explicitly call for Bush' impeachment. None of this would stop Republicans from accusing the committee's majority of seeking just that.

The prepared text of Conyers opening remarks referred to Congress's "power to impeach." When he spoke before the committee, Conyers modified that line to the "power to remove through the constitutional process" officials who abused their powers."

But not to worry, the hearing was apparently for our emotional health, and if anyone was being impeached, it wasn't the President [you can all relax now]:

"The committee's top Republican, Lamar Smith, mocked the proceedings, comparing them to last month's hearing featuring former White House spokesman Scott McClellan, who recently wrote a tell-all memoir about his time as Bush's spokesman.

"If last month it appeared we hosted a 'book of the month club,' this week it seems that we are hosting an anger management class," Smith said. "Nothing is going to come out of this hearing with regard to impeachment of the President. I know it, the media knows it, even the Speaker knows it. ... This hearing will not cause us to impeach the President; it will only serve to impeach our own credibility."'

I would rather have Congress impeach its own credibility, than have President Bush's character 'impugned,' any day. Congress is impeaching itself, for its own good.....


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