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Dems Plan To Investigate Bush Administration

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Terry McAuliffe

Cock-a-hoop Democrats clamour to impeach Bush

By Alex Massie in Washington

Democratic voters were last night pressing for the impeachment of President George W Bush for his conduct over the Iraq war.

With the Democrats preparing to control both houses of Congress, they have extensive powers to investigate the president, including the appointment of a special counsel.

Many Democrats are keen to press home their new-found advantage by investigating the president’s conduct in the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and any role he may have played in exposing the identity of the CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Mr Bush may not know it, but "his presidency is now over" said Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic Party chairman, who promised that Mr Bush would be held accountable for "the colossal failure in Iraq that has set our foreign policy back by 50 years".

He added: "The man will go down as one of the worst presidents in our country’s history."

But Democrats are split over how best to take advantage of their strong position in Congress, with some moderates determined to resist pressure from what they describe as "Left-wing crazies" that would tear Washington apart and split the party down the middle.

Though Democratic control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate would ultimately make impeachment proceedings feasible, Democrats are prepared temporarily to put aside their desire for immediate revenge against the President for long-term tactical gain.

Apart from investigating the use of intelligence in the run-up to the war, another pressing priority for congressional Democrats will be to focus attention on what they call the "war profiteering" of some Republicans and the misuse and waste of taxpayers’ money in Iraq.

Democrats hope to use a populist investigation to pacify their party’s Left wing and prepare the ground for subsequent and more wide-ranging investigations into the war.

"These guys are going to be seriously investigated" promised a Democratic House aide, already preparing for Congressional hearings.

"But there’s a way to make Iraq a winning issue for us and there’s a way to make Iraq a losing issue. The Left has to understand what it is to govern. A lot of these people don’t know how to be in a majority."

Moderate Democrats elected from usually solidly Republican districts are also insisting that the party takes a cautious, methodical approach.

They say the elections did not deliver a mandate for impeachment or for reopening matters such as the Valerie Plame affair.

"The public were just saying it is time to put some checks and balances back into the system" said the Connecticut Congressman Jon Larsen.

Carol Shea-Porter, a liberal elected in New Hampshire, said: "We must determine what went wrong to lead us into the war."

Democratic promises to work with Republicans on a bipartisan basis are unlikely to be worth much once the Congressional session begins in January and Democrats begin to investigate the Bush administration.

What? I thought we had been assured by the moderate "Honest" Nancy Pelosi that none of this would happen?

(Still not sure what a cock-a-hoop is. But it sounds right. Especially when describing Terry McAuliffe.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 9th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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