Some articles for this week's 'toon:
- For info on Harriet Miers' refusal to respond to a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, see reporting by Richard B. Schmitt. Long story short, it pays to have friends in high places.
John Dean also has an excellent column on this. He concludes that the only way this is going to be resolved without making a complete joke out of the Constitution and the institution of Congress (since Republicans don't seem to care much about this), is for the House to exercise it's own "inherent contempt" power to "prosecute contumacious witnesses to require them to comply."
Yeah, I had to look up "contumacious" too...
- On Alberto, check out a WaPo editorial that documents a few of his bald-faced lies to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
And, lo and behold, it looks like some House Democrats are now going to introduce a resolution to impeach him.
- On Evil Dick, check out another good Dean column. Just a few of the laws that the Cheney branch of government doesn't have to follow: the War Powers Act, FISA, the Geneva Conventions, the War Crimes Act, the Presidential Records Act, and Dubya's own Executive Order 12958.
Perhaps he should be impeached, too. That might be good.
- On impeachment, Gary Kamiya has an outstanding column on how pursuing the impeachment of Bush would force Americans to confront some unpleasant truths about ourselves:
The problem is that the American people are not judging Bush by the standards of law.
This society-wide diminution of respect for law has helped Bush immeasurably. It is not just the law that America has turned away from, but what the law stands for -- accountability, memory, history and logic itself. That anonymous senior Bush advisor who spoke with surreal condescension of "the reality-based community" may have summed up our cultural moment more acutely than anyone else in years. A society without memory, driven by ephemeral emotions, which demands no consistency from its leaders but only gusty patriotism, is a society that is not about to engage in the painful self-examination that impeachment would mean.
See also Bill Moyers' discussion on the topic of impeachment, Ethan J. Leib and David Ponet's call for ethical training for politicians who refuse to follow the wishes of their constituents on issues like this, and the A28.org site, which has lots of pictures showing "the people's impeachment movement."
What about Russ Feingold's censure proposal? Dave Lindorff is not a big fan of the idea, nor of Feingold for suggesting it. I agree... it would be meaningless.