Thank you, John, for your input. Done like the poster I hold a lot of respect for. As for your correction, I’d have to do some fact checking – not that I don’t take your word – but, because, quite frankly, I need to educate myself further on the NIE itself, for other than using a part here or there as a cite, I’m not intimate with the document as a whole.
However, my main point remains…and you’ve done a better job than I at explaining it.
The edit window timed-out on me. I wanted to point that what John had done a good job explaining was this particular part of his post:
Also wanted to add that IIRC, the NIE was indeed heavily weighted down by the Office of Special Plans – you know, the Neocon’s own little bunker… But as I said, I’ll do some research and see what comes up. Memory is not what it used to be. And it wasn’t much to begin with.
Especially as nobody gets to sniff. That is, Congressional articles of impeachment have never been appealed to the federal courts, and it is doubtful whether the courts would even have jurisdiction to rule on said articles’ propriety.
Of courts, only the courts themselves could decide that question.
Because of the extreme likelihood of it coming back to bite the Democratic party in particular and the American system of government in general in the ass.
Here’s a possible scenario -
The Dems adopt the thinking of the SDMB and impeach Bush and Cheney because he is unpopular, and a Republican, and because they can do it. They muster a simple majority in the House. Voting in the Senate trial is strictly along party lines, and the two-thirds majority is not achieved.
Coming into the 2008 elections, the Republicans launch a well-financed campaign labelling the impeachment as a naked power grab. President Pelosi, not being nearly as stupid as she would have to be not to catch on, declines to run in 2008.
The tenure in office of any Democrat who wins from now to 2020 will last exactly as long as he/she maintains a majority in Congress. And not all the screams of “IOKIADDI” from the Usual Suspects are going to change that.
If it was good enough for our goose, your gander had better watch her feathery white (or inexperienced Halfrican-Hamerican) ass.
Been over the comparative-structures-of-government topic many times here, BG. “What’s wrong with that” is the effect on balance of powers - we can’t make one branch subservient to another, especially if it is controlled by a different party.
Without the vote of the people in amending the Constitution?
This is based on the (pretty obviously false) assumption that the Usual Suspects would treat the impeachment of a Democrat for no particular reason besides his unpopularity the same as they would the impeachment of Bush. You wouldn’t.