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bdf Donating Member (430 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 07:09 PM
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85. At this point, perhaps they can
Bush is so deeply unpopular that Repubs in Congress with narrow majorities have been given permission to diss him.

In order for the articles to go before the Senate, the House of Representatives has to have brought articles of impeachment. Much as the M$M would hate to cover the House of Reps doing that, they'd have to. As soon as one of them breaks ranks that one gets a bigger share of the viewing audience, so the rest have to follow. It would be widely discussed. The evidence would be analysed. And the majority of Americans would conclude, even before the articles go to the Senate, that Dick 'n' Dubya are deeply evil people who have committed many serious crimes against the American people.

Suppose you were a Repug in the Senate. Some of the shit flying at Dubya is going to hit you. Just the fact that the House passed articles of impeachment is enough to reduce your popularity a lot. So you have a choice. You can do a favour for your old buddy Dubya and absolutely fucking guarantee you lose at the next election. Or you can join in throwing shit at him which might convince some people in your state that you're really one of the good Republicans and not one of the bad ones. Voting for impeachment gives you a better chance of being re-elected so you can carry on in your corrupt ways.

The Republicans, especially the top pols, think only of "what's in it for me?" When Dubya was as the height of his power he was able to hand out favours. Dubya's now a lame duck, and the only favours he can hand out are pardons. But he's going to limit those pardons to the least he can get away with—those necessary to keep people who could implicate him in crimes out of the hands of DAs offering deals for turning state's evidence. Too many pardons might just trigger the very thing they were designed to prevent—Dubya being indicted.

So it's possible, if it actually happened, there'd be a good deal more support from Senate Repugs than they're saying there is when they're asked about it hypothetically. When push comes to shove, it's every Republican for him or herself. If they calculate that they're more likely to be better off by dumping on Dubya, they will.
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