If you were in Congress, would you vote to impeach Bush? One person has been trying to find out how various Libertarian Party congressional candidates feel about this idea. He seems to have promised anonymity to the candidates, which some have chosen while others have not. Below is an unbalanced sampling of the responses published so far:
From the Hell, Yes! Department:
“I’ve been calling for Bush’s impeachment for quite some time. Below is the first page of a google search of “Zeese impeachment.” I organized an impeachment forum that was played four times on C-SPAN — my favorite time was right before the most recent state of the union. So for 2 1/2 hours before Bush spoke to the nation C-SPAN had a forum on how Bush has lied to the American people, sent us into war on false information and violated federal law.” — Kevin Zeese “I would not only work to impeach George W. Bush, I would also do everything in my power to bring him up on charges for treason. Actually, could you leave my identifying information in too?” — Paul T. Ireland “No need to strip my ID Paul! YES, infaticly!!! Bush should be impeached! without question! For for multiple unconstitutional acts against the American people for whom he claims to serve!” –Timothy Wade “For the record, I would vigorously support impeachment proceedings against not only George Bush, but Dick Cheney as well.” — unidentified candidate “I would support impeaching Bush and anyone else who has violated their oath to the Constitution.” — unidentified candidate” “Not only would I vote to impeach Bush, if elected and given the opportunity, I would love to get rid of his Vice-President, who has a lower approval rating than O.J. Simpson.” — unidentified candidate
Maybe, maybe not:
“My answer depends entirely on the particular motion. But in general, I’m on the side of impeachment. In fact, impeachment of Bush alone does not go far enough.” — Kevin Craig “That depends on the grounds. Impeaching somebody because you disagree with him is lame. Even lamer is announcing support for impeachment just to brag about how much you disagree with him.” — Brian Holtz We impeach only under the Constitutional provision that the President knowingly committed a crime. Conflicting but reasonable interpretations of the laws in question need to be resolved first through the courts, or through clarification by Congress. “I’ve gone on record stating that I support a full investigation of the Bush administration and that if that investigation shows any evidence of wrongdoing, then I would fully support impeachment.” — unidentified
Hell no, we won’t go (there):
“No I would not. This is a waste of time. Whether you agree with the President or not, this is a failed strategy of the Democrats. It’s purely designed to distract from the real business at hand, not to mention an attempt to get Democrats elected. This is a ‘losing issue’.” — Bruce Cohen “If elected, I doubt I would help impeach President George W. Bush. IÃ‚Â¹ve seen no rational accusations of treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors in calls for his impeachment. All IÃ‚Â¹ve seen were gross distortions of his leadership in AmericaÃ‚Â¹s defense against foreign aggression.” — unidentified candidate “No one asked me. But if they had, I would have pointed out what a colossal waste of time this is. We need to grow the LP, not yell at walls. We need to market good candidates during elections so people know us and like us. If elected, I would focus on making things happen, not banging my head against the wall. — unidentified candidate” “There are more important things to get done[,] not the least of which is the reduction of government spending! Right, wrong or indifferent the people elected Bush.” — unidentified candidate “We have more problems pressing us to take on a fight of that nature at this time. He is a Lame Duck and this election is the last one he will have any play in (to speak of). I really think time and [energy] would and should be better spent doing something that means something.” — unidentified candidate
I found the range of answers pretty interesting.