Your Congress, working for you

So, the House voted to debate the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Wait, no it didn’t.

That the whole afternoon of position taking is summarized as follows by ABC News shows just how absurd the process (or non-process) is:

House Democrats on Tuesday narrowly managed to avert a bruising debate on a proposal to impeach Dick Cheney after Republicans, in a surprise maneuver, voted in favor of taking up the measure.

So, Republicans wanted the debate and Democrats wanted to “table” (not put on the table) the matter. With me so far?

That first line of the news item quoted above is a real head-scratcher. Democrats dodged a real bullet there, all right: A debate to impeach not only a war criminal (among other epithets any objective observer could hurl his way–and that of the man who is his superior, if only constitutionally), but an executive branch official who has single-digit approval.

One might think that in any sane democracy, the party with the majority would relish such a debate. However, the Democrats subsequently passed another measure to bury the matter in committee. Phew. That was a close call.

Thank you, Dennis Kucinich, for at least revealing the absurdity of the party you call your own.

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