May 08, 2006

Democrats: We Will Launch Investigations, But We Are Not Out To Impeach Bush

This is very reassuring (sarcasm intended):

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats will launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration if they take control of Congress in November but are not out to impeach President George W. Bush, a top Democrat said on Sunday.

House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would hold hearings on the use of intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq war and investigate the high price of energy and prescription drugs if they win the extra 15 seats they need for a House majority in the mid-term elections.

But Pelosi denied Republican claims that her party would move quickly to impeach Bush.

"I said we'd be having hearings on the war, we'd have hearings. But I don't see us going to a place of impeachment," Pelosi said in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "Investigation does not equate to impeachment. Investigation is the requirement of Congress. It is about checks and balances."

Rather than having hearings on the Iraq War or President Bush, wouldn't Congress' time be better utilized by holding hearings on new legislation to make America better?

Why the obsession with pre-war intelligence? The answer is twofold. First, The Democrats want to bring down President Bush, who they largely view as a greater enemy than Osama Bin Laden. Moreover, they continue to re-fight this issue because the Democrats want to re-write history. The Democrats, who largely supported military intervention in Iraq in 2003, want Americans to now believe that the Democrats were duped into supporting military intervention.

See, this is why the Democrats have not controlled Congress for many years. The Democrats continue to be fixated upon bringing down George Bush as opposed to implementing a new legislative agenda.
Regardless, maybe the Republicans should listen to this as a "wake-up" call. Do you really want to spend the next 2 years fighting Congressional inquiries that amount to little more than attempts to create scandals? No matter how much of a disappointment the Bush administration has been (whether it be disagreements with their handling of immigration, judical appointments, the prosecution of the war, etc.), Republicans need to focus on maintaining their Congressional majority.
Update: Nancy Pelosi will not rule out impeachment:

Democratic leaders, increasingly confident they will seize control of the House in November, are laying plans for a legislative blitz during their first week in power that would raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in an interview last week that a Democratic House would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House's first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, "You never know where it leads to."

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