..If Impeachment Stays Off the Table
If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't initiate, or allow another Representative to initiate impeachment proceedings by July 23, Cindy Sheehan will run against Pelosi for her House seat in the 2008 election.
Is this political extortion? Nah, not really. If anything, it's an aggressive move designed to launch a campaign Sheehan probably wants anyway. Who can blame her? Pelosi and Reid have been shamefully timid in their attempts to stop the war since gaining the majority. Though a clear majority wants Cheney impeached, Dennis Kucinich's impeachment bill remains stalled.
It's way past time that Democrats in the leadership start paying a price for their weakness.
Of course, the two party system allows the Democrats' leaders to get away with alienating the voters that gave them their mandate, because Republicans are simply not an option. Losing Pelosi, and setting an example for what happens to those who don't represent the people vigilantly in the wake of an obvious imperative from the voters, in favor of a clear, bold voice like Sheehan sounds like an upgrade to me.
Not like Pelosi didn't have her chance. Maybe when this plays out the Democrats will get smart and elevate Dennis Kucinich or Tim Ryan to the position of Speaker and we can see what it's like to have some real leadership that won't let lying war criminals walk all over them.
TAGS: Impeachment, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Cindy Sheehan
Crossposted at Ice Station Tango.