On C-SPAN thi morning was a re-run of discussion on Biden's committee about his non-binding resolution, and I couldn't help but go back to the days of Richard Nixon. I remember those days as a young, ignorant early-teen, fascinated by Nixon, and being mostly ignorant of politics I supported him. I can remember how Congress kept pushing him to give up his tapes, I can see the stacks of blue bound transcriptions, Congress telling him no, Mr. President, these redacted transcripts won't do, we want the tapes.
Until the Howard Bakers of the GOP got on board, though, his impeachment was quite uncertain. The Democrats just didn't seem to know what to do, how to deal with this jowled, dark man. So they just kept pounding away, holding hearings, peeling away the layers of corruption one crook at a time. Here's a link to some Watergate Testimony, note that the 1st witness, Mr Bittman, actually answered questions, also note that Mssrs. Conyers and Rangel were on that committee, and that Hillary D Rodham was on the staff.
I was struck by Sen. Lugar's comments that I heard this morning, how he thinks Bush is wrong with his faux surge, but he won't support the non-binding resolution.
"It is unclear to me how passing a nonbinding resolution that the president has already said he will ignore will contribute to any improvement or modification in our Iraq policy," Lugar, R-Ind., said Wednesday.
Well, Senator, the only way we're going to get an improvement, as you note ipso facto, is by replacing the decider.
Watergate took months, this mess is going to take a while too, a non binding resolution that shows the president as unrepenatent and deaf to the wishes of the people and their congress is just one of those steps we need to take. It's a kabuki dance, and we have to go thru the motions, because people like Lugar are too frightened and too entrenched in their thinking, to move quickly. And while we all want Bush and Cheney and the rest of their rotten crew impeached yesterday, it ain't gonna happen that way. So we need to just keep up the pressure, protests, resolutions, letters, investigations. Whatever it takes.
And if Cheney is forced to resign because of the Libby trial, will Bush appoint that lying snake Rice as his VP? And will the Senate approve her? That would be show, I'm thinking!