It’s just the Constitution that’s suffering because of House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi’s nutty and unprincipled "impeachment-off-the-table" position
blocking any effort to impeach President Bush or Vice President Cheney for
their many crimes and abuses of power.
Her position on impeachment is killing the Democratic Party too, by driving
away not just progressived members of the party, but independents who voted
for Democrats last November expecting some action in defense of the
I see this anger welling up among progressives and independents everywhere I
travel, as people say they’ve simply had it with the Democrats. The support
of the party for a bill continuing funding for the war through September was
terrible. The Democrats’ rush to pass a bill granting Bush the authority to
spy without a warrant on Americans, and to expand the power to spy
domestically well beyond phones and internet to even include break-ins was a
My own little call for people so sign an "I Quit This Party" petition has
seen a jump from 300 to now 400 signers. (Sign up on the column to the
right.) When it gets to 500 I’ll be sending the list off to Pelosi, as well
as to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic
National Committee Chair Howard Dean.
Four or five hundred party defectors may seem like small loss, but it
reflects a larger trend across the country.
Okay, this is how stupid progressives are at times. A democratic body, like the Democratic party, isn’t doing exactly what you want it to do, so you LEAVE IT??
Let’s see… let’s set up a hypothetical.
Say you have a group of 200 people. Of that group, 50 are true progressives, 100 are moderates, and 50 are conservative; 110 are against impeachment, while 90 are in favor of impeachment.
Now, 10 progressives LEAVE the party. Can someone PLEASE explain to me how reducing the number of progressives in the Democratic Party makes them more progressive?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to encourage more progressives to JOIN? This is a democracy after all; doesn’t it make more sense to INCREASE the numbers on our side?
It’s NOT POSSIBLE.
The REASON the Democratic Party has drifted to the right over the last 40 years is because progressives have this fantasy that they can start a third party and revolutionize politics, which is patently absurd. Progressives, at best, make up 15% of the population; there are probably fewer of us than there are wingnuts. Progressives don’t cause Democrats to cower in fear because they might leave; they already LEFT!
See, here’s how politics works.
You recruit good progressives to run. You run them as Democrats, because the bulk of the population, for better or worse, will vote for a Republican or a Democrat, period. The Wingnuts will vote for pretty much anyone with a "R" next to their name, and do so in lockstep, so we really have to counter that effect.
Therefore, leaving the Democratic party, or even threatening to leave the Democratic party, is just the ultimate "biting off our nose to spite our faces" moment, and it’s the main reason progressives are generally like the kid looking at the puppy in the pet store window, but never really getting it. We’ve had a generation of wingnut politics now, and this is exactly why.
Now, as for Pelosi "taking impeachment off the table;" she said that almost a year ago for Chrissakes! In fact, she said it on 60 Minutes on October 22, 2006. I am unaware of any active movement led by Rep. Pelosi to actively derail any impeachment articles, currently.
I would also add that Pelosi really doesn’t have much of a say as to whether impeachment is on the table or not. The Speaker of the House doesn’t have the power to stop Articles of Impeachment from ever going to the Judiciary Committee and then to the floor. What’s stopping it right now is a lack of co-sponsors, and a lack of support. In other words, instead of dwelling on something Pelosi said on October 22, 2006, we’d probably be much more effective if we inundate our Congresspeople with letters (and I do NOT mean e-mails!, and I do NOT mean every goddamn Congressperson in the House!) and urge them to do the right thing.
I would also remind you that rushing into this would be a profoundly stupid idea. You only get to do this once, maybe twice, and politically speaking, they had better pass the articles. Not only that, but if you want to convict, you have to swing at least 19-20 Republican Senators to vote to convict Bush and Cheney, which will take a hell of a lot more than just "Well, you’ve seen what they did!" there will have to be a lot of evidence.
Also, politically speaking, Pelosi is in an unusual situation, in that the impeachment call is for both Bush and Cheney. Such a move, if successful, would make her president, if only for a short time. Politically speaking, there would be consequences for her taking such a potentially self-serving step as introducing, or even actively helping along Articles of Impeachment. Ethically speaking, there might be questions if she led the charge. They will never come from her, and she really shouldn’t even co-sponsor them, truthfully.
IOW, the thing to do is join the fricking Democratic Party, and move it left, and write your Congressperson, and ask them to co-sponsor articles of impeachment. Leaving the Democratic Party is what spoiled children do when they don’t get their way.
In other words, it makes us look like Wingnuts.
You look at stuff like this, and it’s no wonder the left has been impotent for 40 years…