I don't think that impeachment is a moot point. As I go over the history of President Nixon's impeachment, there was plenty of time to exact the
charges--all in a span of two years. I agree that it is moot now because it is an overwhelmingly Republican Congress. But let's just say that in
November 2006, the tide of power changes toward the Democrats. That would mean that they still have until inauguration day January 2009 to hold
proceedings. (this is going by the logic of the Nixon impeachment) I don't know how long impeachments run, but I would think that it could either be
short or long. It all comes down to support and the means to implement it.
Secondly, Vermont was not the only state that passed the issue. New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin also passed it. And I can hardly
say that North Carolina is a liberal state.
The other point is that when Mr. Nixon was elected, he was voted into office with 60 % of the popular vote. However, when the truth trickled out
about his machinations, that support dwindled. I think it's rather interesting that in the House judiciary 17 Republicans and 21 Democrats voted to
impeach him before Mr. Nixon resigned. This might look partisan, but if it were truly placed on an equally divided committee, not one Republican
would have voted to impeach Mr. Nixon.
You can read more from historyplace.com
for more info about the Nixon
impeachment and its technicalities. Also on the site, it has the impeachment proceedings for Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton as well.
I think, that if this is a grassroots effort, it might catch on to other states. After all, several cities have also passed resolutions to also
impeach Mr. Bush. So, this issue has been lingering around for a long time. And I doubt it will die.
Carseller: You have a valid point. I'm sure that Karl Rove is rubbing his hands in delight with news of the impeachment. You cannot deny that he has
singuarly implemented (legal or illegal) the media in terms of switching public opinion. But to rehabilitate Mr. Bush at this time would even be a
Herculean task--even for him. But, I do not deny Mr. Rove's tactic. You will probably see him trying to issue a story to cloud over the effort that
a segment of people are disgusted by the way things are run.
And with the Dems struggling to find a platform, I would not be surprised that this would be a way for the Republican party to strike. That's why I
hope that they get their act together and put out a clear message before November.
[edit on 9-4-2006 by ceci2006]