Impeachment call too late; voters on the move

Former Senator George McGovern, in Sunday’s Washington Post, said George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should be impeached. True, there’s still time to make the White House accountable for trampling the Constitution. There is a point to be made, and simply allowing Bush and Cheney to serve out their terms in office does not suffice. They should be held accountable.

For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to have taken impeachment off the table and, in essence, sweep all that White House dirt under the rug, was infuriating to those hoping to see the administration taken to task. McGovern makes a good case for revisiting the issue, but he makes it too late. In this already red-hot election year, it looks like the voters may be about to take things into their own hands.

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And so it goes, in the U.S. and elsewhere

» Why is George Bush going to the Middle East this week? What can he possibly accomplish in a region where he is almost universally despised? Perhaps he thinks that every turkey shoot needs a turkey.

» Iranian gunboats have harassed the U.S. Navy in the Strait of Hormuz. Are they trying to provoke an attack or a retaliation that will give Iran an excuse to start a war? Were they just angry because of Bush’s impending arrival in the region? All things considered, those Navy commanders showed remarkable restraint.

» Hillary got emotional and a little choked up at a town meeting in New Hampshire today. One could almost believe that she really does feel that deeply about the need for changing things in Washington. Conversely, one could just as easily believe her emotions are close to the surface because she’s tired, angry, and frustrated that she’s losing ground in the campaign and can’t seem to do anything about it.

» Obama said in a Saturday night debate that Hillary is “likable enough.” Even if you were watching when he said it, it was difficult to know exactly what he meant. It sounded a bit like a canned comment that he didn’t quite know how to deliver. Or as though he were reluctant to acknowledge that Hillary has any degree of likability whatsoever. It was awkward, to say the least.

» During the same debate, Hillary’s vaunted “35 years of political experience” morphed into “35 years of change.” Talk about polar opposites …

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Huckabee win gives Dem opponents reason to cheer

Mike Huckabee won the Republican caucuses in Iowa last night. That’s great news.

The man has no business in the White House, of course. He has demonstrated again and again how utterly out of touch he is with the world at large. But his base of ultra-conservative evangelicals must be thrilled today.

Huck’s victory also is heartening to non-evangelicals and non-born-agains. The longer he keeps winning, the bigger will be his fall when it comes. And it will come. His base just isn’t big enough to win the general election.

Imagine, though, that he does get as far as the general election. He will get so thoroughly trounced that the Religious Right will finally, rightly, fade forever as a dominant political force.

Go, Huck, go!

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This is the moment; Obama is the one

Barack Obama has won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa. And as he put it this evening in a stirring speech to his supporters, this is the moment. This is the time America will remember as the beginning of a new era, the end of the politics of fear, the beginning of the politics of hope.

Partisanship, special interests, and polarization in Washington. The good ol’ boys. The smoke-filled rooms. The lobbyists. The political dynasties. This is the year it ends.

It feels good to be optimistic again. It feels good to be proud of a candidate. It feels good to think that, just maybe, the system might not be broken after all.


Barack Obama made history in Iowa tonight. And then he spoke to America:


YouTube video of Obama’s victory speech in Iowa

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