Don't look for Guts in Montgomery County, PA
By Dave Lindorff
I called my congresswoman, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery County, PA), a second-term Democrat in the Pennsylvania suburbs, to ask where she stood on impeachment now that Bush has committed apparent obstruction of justice by keeping "Scooter" out of the can.
Her aide in her Washington office said she hasn't said anything about impeachment.
When I said, "What is the bar for her? Sex in the oval office? We have a president who has committed far more and far worse constitutional crimes than Nixon. What is she waiting for?" here's the comment I got:
"The leadership has said they are opposed to impeachment."
That's the profile in courage from my representative, and is evidence that Pelosi et all are keeping the pressure lid down on the members.
And here I naively thought that our representatives were supposed to do what we, their consituents, wanted them to do. Silly me!
One thing's clear, if you're looking for guts and conviction, don't look to Rep. Schwartz. She's just a foot-soldier doing the bidding of "the leadership."
DAVE LINDORFF is a Philadelphia are investigative journalist and columnist. His work is available at www.thiscantbehappening.net. His latest book, co-authored by Barbara Olshansky, is "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, 2006, and now out in paperback edition).