Election 2008

Chimpeach Bush? Only Third Party Candidates are Discussing it

Obama and Clinton believe accountability is "off the table."
Next week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will be considering State Representative Betty Hall's call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Hall's been a courageous battler for presidential accountability and, during the presidential primary season in her state, she had an ally in Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, whose candidacy she endorsed.

Now that Kucinich is out of the race -- along with Delaware Senator Joe Biden who also dared to utter the "I" word -- the remaining Democratic contenders, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are shying away from even the minimal discussion of accountability that they entertained when they were running in Iowa and New Hampshire.

They're playing it so safe that, when it comes to Constitutional concerns, former Georgia Republican Congressman Bob Barr -- a recently announced Libertarian contender -- is doing a better job out outlining the high crimes and misdemeanors of the president and vice president than are the contenders for the nomination of the supposed opposition party.

Green Party contender Cynthia McKinney, a former Democratic congresswoman from Georgia, actually introduced an impeachment resolution before she left the House in 2006. She continues to be solid on these issues.
John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent.
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