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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-16-08 09:42 AM
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77. a bit of an overstatement methinks.
There were three options on the Kucinich's impeachment resolution: an immediate up/down vote, a vote to table or a vote to refer. The fact that every Democrat voted to refer hardly suggests that they all would have voted for impeachment if there had been an immediate up/down vote (or would've voted against tabling if that had been the option). Referral was the "safe" vote, just as it has been on Kucinich's other impeachment resolutions.

I know folks want to be excited about this, but the fact is that it really doesn't change things very much. Yes, there may be a "televised" hearing on the failings and misdeeds of the chimpy gang, but it has been made clear that they won't be "impeachment" hearings and the chances of them leading to anything further in the way of impeachment proceedings are very small.

The reason for holding these hearings are complex, but mostly have to do with an effort to be responsive to that portion of the Democratic party base that has been calling for hearings and in order to keep negative stories about this administration in the news in order to help Democratic congressional candidates.

I think holding hearings is a good thing -- a position I've taken for several years -- but I'm not so naieve as to think that they will produce an impeachment proceeding.
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