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Sheehan and Gravel

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cindy Sheehan: “Challenge the Status Quo”
Fresh from being arrested on Capitol Hill, along with 45 other activists demanding that Congress get about the business of impeaching George Bush and Dick Cheney, Cindy Sheehan has determined that she can no longer count on others to stop the war in Iraq or hold a lawless administration to account.
So she has announced that she will, indeed, challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bid for reelection next year.
It is a bold gesture, rooted in the deep frustration of the nation’s most prominent anti-war activist with Pelosi’s hyper-cautious approach to her duties as both the leader of the congressional opposition to an unpopular president and as a sworn defender of the Constitution.
This is the context in which Sheehan proposes to challenge Pelosi. “At the end of this day, Speaker Pelosi has not supported impeachment and has not upheld her oath of office to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution,” says the challenger.
Always one calling for the regime's impeachment, I am equally enthralled by Senator Gravel's statement about impeachment.
Never mind impeachment, Gravel says: “That’s a red herring right now. It would take over a year to screw around with it.” Instead, he proposes a law commanding the president to bring the troops home. In 60 days. And if he refuses, he says, Bush goes to jail.
I like that!

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