I was out this morning getting my oil changed — and learning that it will cost almost $2,000 to fix my car from its recent run-in with a low post. When I got home, I found an interesting message on my answering machine.
It’s the recorded voice of Dennis Kucinich begging me to “Press 1 now” on my phone to be added to the “growing list” of people calling for George Bush’s impeachment. I don’t know how to tell Kucinich this, but George Bush is leaving office, with or without impeachment, in six months.
Impeachment is, in any event, a dumb idea. Even though Clinton used the White House as his own private cat house, committed perjury himself, and encouraged others to lie as well, I thought the impeachment against him was vindictive politics that would backfire. I think the same holds true in this tit-for-tat attempt to dislodge Bush, or just to humiliate him, with the end of his presidency drawing near.
It’s also unusually stupid — and this is saying a lot even for Kucinich — considering the potential fall-out here. Clinton’s crimes were his own. In this case, however, any Democrat calling for impeachment should consider the number of Congress people (Democrats included) who had possession of precisely the same information as George Bush, and who were as gung-ho for war as he was. Any attack on Bush is necessarily going to create a wide-ranging defense that attacks a whole bunch of Congress people as well. (You know, thinking about it, that’s not such a bad thing, is it?)