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Earl Blumenauer same old tired response to Impeachment of Bush/Cheney

His response to one of many letters telling him to start representing his constituency!
Thank you for contacting me with your deep concerns about the behavior of this administration. I have heard from a number of people who are ready for this president, to be censured, even impeached. Recently, Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced legislation calling for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney. Certainly having endured the travesty of the Republican impeachment of Clinton, I can understand and sympathize with the drive to impeach the President and Vice President.



I believe that an impeachment process on an administration that is already on its way out the door would hinder the time and efforts of our slim Democratic majority in congress. The practical matter is that given the rules of the Senate, there is no way that an impeachment process would lead to the removal of the President or Vice President. Instead, it would create a media circus that would detract from our mission of reversing the policies (both domestic and international) of what the public continues to see as a failing presidency. With Democratic control of both houses of Congress, the legislative branch is already exercising its oversight and investigations role into many areas of the Bush Administration. We are conducting investigations into pre-Iraq war intelligence, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the firings of US attorneys, the Valerie Plame leak, and the way the Iraq War is being conducted.



While there is a part of me that would love to see this President and Vice President publicly admonished by Congress, I feel the American people have done that through their votes in the 2006 elections. If I were Karl Rove I would like nothing better than an impeachment process that wouldn't go anywhere, and would distract people from the very real failures of this administration on the important issues our country faces.



I would never discourage anybody from pursuing their passion. My passion is to hold this administration accountable and to enact progressive legislation, while we lay the foundation for a new administration in less than two years. Thank you again for sharing your opinion with me.


Sincerely,
Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

yes, it's the dems' talking points all over again 15.Jun.2007 03:01

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And they're all lies, which should surprise no one.

"I believe that an impeachment process on an administration that is already on its way out the door would hinder the time and efforts of our slim Democratic majority in congress."

Since Bush has already admitted to illegal actions very little time would be needed in the house. No investigation is needed, just a presentation of evidence and a vote. While that was happening congress could continue to work on other issues, jsut as they have through the other impeachments.

"The practical matter is that given the rules of the Senate, there is no way that an impeachment process would lead to the removal of the President or Vice President."

Blatant lie. While the democrats may not be able to secure a conviction in the senate and forcibly remove the President and Vice-president, there is a chance that they would resign instead for the good of the party just as Nixon did.

"Instead, it would create a media circus that would detract from our mission of reversing the policies (both domestic and international) of what the public continues to see as a failing presidency."

What reversing of policies? Voting for more war funding? The democrats should want to distract people from their piss-poor congressional performance thus far and show people that they're willing to actually uphold the Constitution. But then that would be a winning strategy and when was the last time the democratic party wanted one of those?

"With Democratic control of both houses of Congress, the legislative branch is already exercising its oversight and investigations role into many areas of the Bush Administration."

Investigations, yes. Oversight, maybe. Accountability, no.

"We are conducting investigations into pre-Iraq war intelligence, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the firings of US attorneys, the Valerie Plame leak, and the way the Iraq War is being conducted."

Investigations are worse then meaningless without accountability, they are detrimental. The more dirt the democrats publicize about the Bush administration without acting the less likely people are to vote for them. But again, when have the democrats ever not embraced a losing strategy?

"While there is a part of me that would love to see this President and Vice President publicly admonished by Congress,"

It's too bad there's no part of him that would like to see the US Constitution upheld. But then, it is just a piece of paper, isn't it Earl?

"I feel the American people have done that through their votes in the 2006 elections"

We can only hope they do the same to you in 2008 for your failures to enact the will of your constituents.

"If I were Karl Rove I would like nothing better than an impeachment process that wouldn't go anywhere,"

Yes Karl Rove would like nothing more than for the democrats to energize their base and attract new voters by doing what the majority of people in this country want to see happen. Whatever helps you sleep at night Earl. Personally I think Rove couldn't be happier and how quickly the approval rating of the democrats in congress is dropping. At this rate the republicans will be back on top by November 2008.

"and would distract people from the very real failures of this administration on the important issues our country faces."

Yes, an impeachment about the failures of this administration would be a distraction about the failures of this administration. Whatever helps you sleep at night Earl. Again, the more this administration is portrayed as failing and lying and breaking the law the worse the democrats look by being enablers.

"My passion is to hold this administration accountable"

By doing what exactly? Investigating them? I wish I could break the law and face no penalty but being investigated.

"while we lay the foundation for a new administration in less than two years."

Indeed we all look forward to the new republican administration that will be ushered in by the failures of the democrats in congress to uphold the law by impeaching Bush and to end the occupation of Iraq. Though there is always the outside chance that Hagel will run as an independent. If he does on his current platform he'll trounce the republican and democratic candidates.

And so the question remains: who are progressives going to support against Earl in 2008?

and one other question 15.Jun.2007 03:04

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When Earl's grandkids read the history of the US during this time and ask him why he didn't impeach a lawbreaker from the office of president is he really going to respond with:

"I couldn't support an impeachment against an extremely unpopular president (and an even more unpopular vice-president) because I thought it would hurt my political party. The US Constitution was a nice idea but the Party must come first."

and more... 15.Jun.2007 11:40

BilBo

Not to mention the continued damage The Criminal Bush Regime can do in its remaining months in power. Impeachment is the ONLY answer. These spineless, excuse-making bastards really piss me off.

I Am Not Spineless 15.Jun.2007 13:53

Burl Doomenauer

I am STRONGLY in favor of supporting the troops and the war on terror.

I am STRONGLY in favor of militarism, hegemony and corporate control.

I am STRONGLY in favor of spinach, bike paths and Thom Hartmann.

Elect Me.

The American People 15.Jun.2007 16:41

Made it clear in 06

WE MADE IT CLEAR BY PUTTING YOUR ASSES IN POWER - NOW FOLLOW THROUGH ON YOUR END OF THE BARGAIN. Impeachment and ending the war was your selling point - follow through or be removed. Spineless mofos!

I Am Not Spineless 15.Jun.2007 21:59

Burl Doomenauer

I am STRONGLY in favor of supporting the troops and the war on terror.

I am STRONGLY in favor of militarism, hegemony and corporate control.

I am STRONGLY in favor of spinach, bike paths and Thom Hartmann.

Elect Me.

Earl can't even think! 15.Jun.2007 23:05

constituent

This fucker continually responds to my emails that refute this same old tired letter, and his response is to send me the same letter over again. What a dick!

Democrats started world war 3 when they voted yes on budget 16.Jun.2007 00:20

anonymous

Democrats started world war 3 when they voted yes on a 2007 war budget with no timelines.

Earl is spineless and he writes letters to pretend he is patiently strategic. Earl is afraid of conflict in words to end conflict with guns. He is a lunatic.

Earl is exactly why republicans will maintain control. Democrats tread water while the tide of republican unity sweeps us into world war 3.

Anything other than the status quo would be great. A media circus would be great. Halting all work in congress would be great. We in the USA are guilty of more genocide in Iraq every day and it is about to grow to Iran and/or Israel and Palestine. Democrats should be doing everything in power to stop the war, that includes impeachment hearings, and constantly voting yes on a budget that has fixed timelines.

where's bloomy getting all his cash? 16.Jun.2007 21:45

AIPAC lobby?

why does he always side with those who take tons of AIPAC money?

why are all AIPAC money recipients against impeachment and an end to the war??

Have you put 2 and 2 together yet??

2004 Top Ten Career Recipients of Pro-Israel PAC Funds

Compiled by Hugh Galford


Senate: Career
Daschle, Tom (D-SD) $533,635
Specter, Arlen (R-PA) 461,973
Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ) 433,806
Durbin, Richard (D-IL) 326,671
Reid, Harry (D-NV) 318,801
Wyden, Ronald (D-OR) 255,562
Lieberman, Joseph (D-CT) 227,758
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) 223,794
Dodd, Christopher (D-CT) 221,178
Conrad, Kent (D-ND) 201,939

House: Current Cycle
Hoyer, Steny (D-MD) $37,500
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) 36,000
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) 35,100
Lantos, Tom (D-CA) 31,600
Frost, Martin (D-TX) 31,300
Cantor, Eric (R-VA) 23,750
Crowley, Joseph (D-NY) 23,000
DeLay, Tom (R-TX) 23,000
Lowey, Nita (D-NY) 20,650
Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) 20,650



House: Career
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $201,455
Frost, Martin (D-TX) 165,414
Engel, Eliot (D-NY) 137,918
Levin, Sander (D-MI) 113,727
Lowey, Nita (D-NY) 109,738
Lantos, Tom (D-CA) 107,250
Hoyer, Steny (D-MD) 92,275
Evans, Lane (D-IL) 87,379
Harman, Jane (D-CA) 86,271
DeLay, Tom (R-TX) 81,050



Senate: Current Cycle
Specter, Arlen (R-PA) $80,350
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) 73,000
Murray, Patty (D-WA) 72,495
Daschle, Tom (D-SD) 70,500
Reid, Harry (D-NV) 64,999
Bayh, Evan (D-IN) 56,500
Bennett, Robert (R-UT) 55,750
Wyden, Ronald (D-OR) 55,000
Brownback, Samuel (R-KS) 50,850
Shelby, Richard (R-AL) 38,500

2 and 2 Apparently Equals 5 18.Jun.2007 19:35

Aunty Aipac

"where's bloomy getting all his cash?"

If your point is that Blumenauer supports Israeli crimes because of AIPAC money rather than for ideological reasons (i.e., Israel is a strategic asset for hegemonists like Blumenauer), then where is your evidence? The list you yourself submitted above doesn't mention him.

"why are all AIPAC money recipients against impeachment and an end to the war??"

Almost all Democrats and Republicans are against impeachment and an end to the war. The correlation you mention is a correlation, not a statement of causality, even if it's true (and you again fail to offer evidence for your assertion). The correlation of importance is the one between being a Democrat/Republican and being a hegemonist/corporatist, which IS causal.

You bigots are easy to answer.

AIPAC is a scourge, no doubt about it. But worse than AIPAC are our elected nonrepresentatives who are complicit in U.S.-Israeli crimes, but are quite willing to blame AIPAC for their own malfeasance.

Answer me this: If there is general agreement in Congress that AIPAC is "forcing" them to act in ways that threaten us all, then why don't they just get together and announce their decision to blow the whistle?