Don’t Get Your Hopes Up Part 2–GOP Senator Mentions Impeachment

Chuck Hagel, already not very popular with many Republicans, has now brought up impeachment in an interview in Esquire:

“The president says, ‘I don’t care.’ He’s not accountable anymore,” Hagel says, measuring his words by the syllable and his syllables almost by the letter. “He’s not accountable anymore, which isn’t totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment. I don’t know. It depends how this goes.”

The conversation beaches itself for a moment on that word — impeachment — spoken by a conservative Republican from a safe Senate seat in a reddish state. It’s barely even whispered among the serious set in Washington, and it rings like a gong in the middle of the sentence, even though it flowed quite naturally out of the conversation he was having about how everybody had abandoned their responsibility to the country, and now there was a war going bad because of it.

“Congress abdicated its oversight responsibility,” he says. “The press abdicated its responsibility, and the American people abdicated their responsibilities. Terror was on the minds of everyone, and nobody questioned anything, quite frankly.”

Considering how small a majority they have, and that conviction in the Senate would be extremely difficult, impeachment remains highly unlikely. Of course Congress should investigate, and if a big enough smoking gun is found Republicans might decide it is better to totally disassociate themselves from Bush.

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