A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Why Pelosi and Conyers Are Wrong on Impeachment 

Imagine a prosecutor who has irrefutable evidence of criminal activity refusing to bring charges for fear of jury nullification after trial. That is, after being presented with 'beyond a reasonable doubt' evidence, the jury acquits the accused regardless of proof that the law was broken by the defendant. That is analogous to senate republicans voting to acquit after presentation of the multitude of crimes of the Bush/Cheney criminal enterprise.

The 2008 ad campaign virtually writes itself if the senate republicans vote along party lines to acquit. For example:

On August 15, 2007 the senate was presented with proof that President Bush and Vice-President Cheney, along with various members of the administration, embarked upon a scheme to promote an illegal invasion of the sovereign country of Iraq using lies, falsehoods, half-truths, cherry-picked information and forged documents. So far, this crime has cost the lives of over 3700 American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis at a cost of over a ½ trillion dollars.

Yet when presented with this proof, Mitch McConnell (R-Cabbage Patch), voted for his party instead of his country. His partisanship trumps the rule-of-law. He places his loyalty to George Bush above his loyalty to his party. He has in fact violated his own oath of office to protect the Constitution and follow the laws which define us. If you believe no man is above the law or that no political party is above the law, vote for _____.

So for Pelosi and Conyers to say that impeachment is "off the table" because they would not be able to convict in the Senate may be wrong if the republicans in the senate fear the electoral repercussions of acquittal. There is already considerable speculation that the GOP will lose seats in 2008. Imagine incumbents having to answer to an already angry electorate for failing to punish George Bush and Dick Cheney.

Make the republicans prove they love their country more than the liars occupying the highest office in the land. If they don't, hammer the point home again and again that their loyalties are misguided . Especially if they happened to have also voted to convict Bill Clinton for his transgressions.

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