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  •  Let me refine... (3+ / 0-)

    my statement on Feingold.

    He is dead right on this, but his ignorance of the motivation for impeachment and lack of support for it, shows he doesn't understand how this criminal administration has undermined our Constitution.

    Or the remedy for it.

    •  Feingold (2+ / 0-)
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      He has clearly stated that Bush has committed impeachable offenses. However, the fact that he is a senator gives him no official say in the impeachment process, and his power is limited to censuring the president (which he is advocating now). However, if the House impeaches Bush, I can bet you everything that Feingold will not only vote to convict and remove Bush, but will strongly advocate his conviction and removal.

      John Nichols has a really good article on how censure paves the path to impeachment on The Nation, called "Censure and Impeachment: Take 2".

      •  And where are these hearings? (6+ / 0-)

        Watergate started with a special Senate Committee.

        Where is it?

        "February 7, 1973

        The Senate votes (77-0) to create the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. The Committee is chaired by Senator Sam Ervin (Democrat, North Carolina). Ervin cultivated a folksy image as a country lawyer, but his superivsion of this committee is crucial to the outcome. His deputy is Senator Howard Baker (Republican, Tennessee)."

        •  Hearings take place (1+ / 0-)
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          ek hornbeck

          when the censure resolution is introduced.

          Also, remember that the Senate Judiciary Committee is already holding frequent hearings investigating the US Attorneys matter.

          •  Not in 1973. (1+ / 0-)
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            Read it and weep.

            •  I know (1+ / 0-)
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              ek hornbeck

              The Democratic majority had more spines (and more seats) in 1973. However, my point is that introduction of a censure resolution forces hearings on the charges mentioned in the resolution (as you may remember, Feingold actually opened up hearings on his previous censure resolution for some time last year). This time, Feingold will obviously get far more support for his censure resolution than he did last year, and we may be able to hold lengthy and well-publicized hearings on everything from Bush's lies regarding the war to his illegal wiretapping activities to his circumvention of the law through executive privilege and signing statements, and much much more.  

              •  I like Feingold... (1+ / 0-)
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                were he running, he'd be my favorite son (now it's Dodd).

                His last 2 diaries indicate the disconnect between DC and the reality based world.

                Sorry.  I thought we were about Storming The Gates.

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