How Would You Impeach Him?

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A view has taken hold on the left that the way to impeach George Bush is over the domestic spying business, his failure to get Congressional approval. The activities Russ Feingold wants to censure him for.

This feels to me like getting Capone on tax evasion after he’s rubbed out a whole crime family. Impeachment is not a criminal procedure. You’re not depriving someone of liberty or property, just the privilege of occupying a federal office. It’s not about breaking the law, it’s about “high crimes and misdemeanors.” That’s vague language, purposely. Ken Sanders argues that high crimes and misdemeanors means political crimes, including abuses of power.

That’s the way to go after W. His judgment has been so poor on Iraq and his indifference to the consequences of his actions so staggering, that he’s endangering the health of the republic. He’s offered ten different deceptive reasons for the gravest decision a president faces, blasted another society to bits in the name of various utopian delusions, set world opinion against us, made the Middle East Osama’s sandbox. Those are high crimes in my book. Not yours?

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