Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Across the 8th Dimension, Ohio) brought the long threatened bill of impeachment against Vice President Cheney. The House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to table it and at first the vote was mainly along party lines--Dems for, meanie right wingers against, but then Representative John Shaddegg (R-AZ) convinced
plenty of fellow Republicans that it would be a lot more fun to let Kucinich and his ilk talk the Vice President down, so about 160 of them changed their votes and the Dems, seeing that the table motion was failing big time, tried to switch back. After about an hour or so voting, the table motion failed 162-251
. Hey, Dennis, when the loyal opposition is voting to keep you and your ilk talking because they think in the long run it will help them, perhaps you might consider sitting down and shutting up. Just a thought.
There was an Empire Strikes Back moment when the Dems got organized and sent the bill of impeachment off to the judiciary committee where it will probably moulder until mooted by the inauguration of a new administration.
Michell Malkin, et al.
has a blow by blow account here
It was painful for me to watch the Republicans while in power completely blow it; this is kinda fun. In the words of Duke Ellington's friend and drummer Joe Harris, "Dis band should disband."
Labels: Impeachment; Parliamentary hijinks