stockingfull wrote:I hear all of that.
But what the leadership really wants are the reigns of power. They obviously didn't get them in 2006, or they would have been able to dictate policy since then to a far greater extent than they have. Plus, had they gone ahead with the impeachment, people would either be mad at them for retaliating and/or feel sympathetic with "poor" Bush and Cheney. And for what? A few months of a Presidency by somebody who'd be picked with the Democrats' consent and then could run as an incumbent this year????? Why?
What they're looking for this year, instead, are more seats in the House, the magic 60 (or close to it) in the Senate, and of course the White House. And, having played their cards dispassionately, like the best strategists do, they've put themselves in the best position to do that. Republicans are terrified and in disarray this year, and it couldn't happen to a nicer crew. As the Sicilians say, "revenge is a dish best served cold."
The problems are very tough but, hopefully, there'll be a unified team in DC to address them come next year.
I guess if I try to clear the anger out of my mind I could agree with your dispassionate appraisal, but I just can't. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that a flood of "White House Horrors", just like the sewage that floated to the top in Watergate, would have started to emerge when some of the "Rats" were forced to testify, under oath in criminal proceedings. I know you are a lawyer so I'll ask you this question: Do you think that, given a grand jury & subpoena power, that even a mediocre federal prosecutor could get an indictment & probable conviction of Bush & Cheney just in re the White House's involvement concerning the politically motivated firings of US Attorneys? (I think so much criminal activity would surface on just that subject alone, that GW & Cheney would be making license plates for years to come!)
If not that, then how about the "Outing" of a covert CIA Agent for political retribution? (another federal felony, btw)
Just venting here & I know I'm preaching to the choir.
Edit: Final Point....What good will it do giving the Democrats the White House back & strengthening their power in Congress if they will just continue to do the politically expedient thing & care little about anything but protecting their jobs!