Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley throws around the “I” word again in an attempt to make Keith Olbermann look like Chuck Todd.
Rep. Nancy Pelosiâ€™s ineffectiveness became clear the day she became Speaker of the House and immediately announced that there would be no impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney.
Guided by politics, she said leading investigations into just how much the Bush administration did â€“ and did wrong â€“ would be divisive. What she didnâ€™t express was her worry that too many Democrats faced elimination from the House if they took on the difficult task of proving who knew what, when.
But Congress is running out of time to finally make the Bush administration own up to its actions for eight years. If Congress isnâ€™t careful, the president who already has issued 171 pardons could also pardon every appointee and employee he has ever had â€“ and their dogs. And then Americans will never find out what happened to our country over the past eight years.
Now, to be fair to Riley, she does say that Bush should also be impeached (in addition to the “running out of time” argument) so he can’t pass more regulatory reforms, pardon anybody else or hurt the economy any further. You know, all really good reasons for impeachment and exactly why it was created in the first place.
So yeah, this is transparently nonsense, but let me focus on the opening when Riley highlights Pelosi’s reasoning for not pursuing impeachment, and share a story of when I ran into an impeachment supporter.
I remember last summer being approached by some Kucinich supporters during Kansas City’s First Fridays art walk and they asked me to sign a petition to show support for a Bush impeachment. At first I said “No thanks” and kept walking, but it bothered me enough to turn back around, stop one of the supporters and ask her why she was gathering signatures. She explained that Bush should have to explain what he did and be held accountable for it. I acknowledged that Bush and company had definitely overreached, but I then asked her if she wanted this country to come together or be further split apart. She hesitated for a moment, but she finally said she wanted it to come together. I asked her if she really thought that trying to impeach Bush would bring the country together. She reiterated that he had to be held accountable. So I told her she had a choice between the two, but she couldn’t have both and I was picking unity. With that, I thanked her and walked on.
Now, before I go any further, let me say that I spoke to this woman for about a minute and I don’t put her in league with Riley in the least. And I certainly don’t consider her clueless. In fact, her reasons were much more cogent and reasonable than Riley’s, and I want to make that clear.
If you’ve been paying attention AT ALL over the past 8 years you should at least know what has happened in our country in the last eight years, and investigations won’t change the fact that Americans aren’t curious and won’t seek out the facts. And yes, Bush abused his power and maybe even broke the law, but no amount of investigating or trying to incarcerate Bush is going to help unify this country again. And what’s more important…throwing Bush in the clink or bringing America together again?
That’s why when I come across columns like these, it just makes me shake my head and wonder why people just don’t get it. History is fast becoming Bush’s prison, and no amount of revisionism will break him free from the ineffectual, uncurious, stubborn presidency he has given us. And let’s face it, if voting in one of the most liberal Senators with a name like Barack Hussein Obama isn’t the biggest rebuke and condemnation America could give Bush’s tenure, I don’t know what is.
In the end, Pelosi made the right call and she’d do well to continue ignoring these calls from the far left wing to seek vengeance on political enemies. Because, as Sarkozy said to Putin, “Do you want to end up like Bush?”