Impeachment debate

Bob Geiger, poring through reams of congressional jibber jabber, stumbled upon this fiery warning from West Virginia's Robert Byrd:
[The Senate] retains all of its original powers, including providing advice and consent to Presidents on nominations and on treaties, serving as a court of impeachment--you better believe it, Mr. President. The Senate can send you home. You better believe that.
If the House impeaches you, the Senate will try you. The Senate, don't forget it, serves as a court of impeachment and has an equal say with the House on legislation. The Senate has an equal say with the other body on legislation.
A few bloggers weighed in on the state of impeachment in general, the subject of an article on today's front page (yes, written by me).

Bill Scher of Liberal Oasis noting that "pretty much every Dem ran for the hills when Senator Feingold proposed mere censure," believes that "Over the long-term, it's more important for liberals and Democrats to clearly articulate our own foreign policy and national security vision."

Plus, he says, even for those who know that "Bush is awful and lied us into war," there'd an elephant in the impeachment hearings: "They don't know what we'd do after getting rid of him."

Glenn Greenwald of Unclaimed Territory writes:
I see the public discussion akin to a trial - first you have a demonstration of guilt, then imposition of the sentence. I don't think there has been anywhere near enough of a true demonstration of guilt in the public discourse (mostly because the media hasn't entertained that debate) in order to make the country ripe for discussions of the remedies. That is why making Americans aware of those things in the way the media has failed to do so is, in my view, the top priority.
Scher does leave this one glimmer of hope:
"There would need to be a clear grassroots groundswell for skittish Democrats to push the issue. Having said that, if Bush falls below 30% approval for an extended period of time, we may get that groundswell and anything can happen."
(LiberalOasis, Unclaimed Territory)

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