"My name is John Nichols and I want to impeach the president" [VIDEO]
The debate over whether to impeach or not rages mostly on the periphery of public discourse, largely ignored by the news programs and papers that set the agenda.
Meanwhile, at kitchen tables, pubs, conferences and, apparently, at film festivals, efforts to push forward continue. Below are a smattering of dispatches from a few impeachment camps, both high-profile and low.
But first, a quick note from the Sundance Film Festival where some filmmakers have staged an anti-troop surge protest. Scott Beibin writes: "Following President Bush's STATE OF THE UNION address, a group of filmmakers have organized a rally at the Sundance Film Festival against the war and troop surge in Iraq in solidarity with the upcoming national protests this coming weekend."
Next up, the first video to the right features Rosie O'Donnell talking impeachment -- with an amen from Joy Behar.
"My name is John Nichols and I want to impeach the president," declares Nation editor/writer John Nichols in the second video. It hails from a recent panel on war, media and impeachment from the media reform conference in Tennessee.
The following is a guest commentary from Russell Wellen, inspired by AlterNet's recent article "Will Bush Provoke a Constitutional Crisis?"
"For those in Congress and the public for whom acquiescence is not an option," they write, "there remains an indirect route to challenging Presidential war-making power and force withdrawal from Iraq. That is to so discredit the Administration in the eyes of the public that neither Republican politicians nor the military, the intelligence agencies, the foreign policy establishment, or the corporate elite will allow it to continue on its catastrophic course. That requires a devastating exposure of the criminality, corruption, stupidity, and false premises of those who are making the decisions." [Emphasis added]
I hereby present an inaugural investigation on a platter as a fait accompli.
Does such a case exist? Yes, but it hails from Bush's pre-presidential days, when, as CEO of Harken Energy Corporation, he was investigated for insider trading. Harken? Insider trading? That's yesterday's news. Besides it