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Impeachment has nothing to do with jail. It simply removes someone from their office. Asking for impeachment given the current numbers in the Senate is like asking a minority party in a parliamentary system to use a vote of no-confidence to oust a government, with the difference that it takes a lot more time and effort. I doubt we could get to fifty, let alone the sixty-seven votes needed (At best one Repub vote for (Hagel) and almost certainly a number of conservative Dems against, plus Lieberman.
by MarekNYC on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 02:18:18 PM EST
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No-confidence votes that were certain to be lost have been used to important political effect in several countries. The case I'm most familiar with is Felipe Gonz´lez in Spain in 1980, which helped convince voters that he represented a serious government alternative. In 1982 he went to win the biggest landslide we've ever had.

Bush's impeachment wouldn't be done to necessarily successfully convict (there might not be time enough before the next president's inauguration) but to get all the dirty laundry out in plain view.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 02:28:34 PM EST
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