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Tomorrow, Rep Jay Inslee (D-WA) will introduce into the house a bill to impeach Alberto Gonzales.

MSNBC reports, "A group of House Democrats will introduce a resolution calling on the Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales."

Here's the resolution, as MSNBC reports it:

Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and
1 Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary shall
2 investigate fully whether sufficient grounds exist for the
3 House of Representatives to impeach Alberto R. Gonzales,
4 Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes
5 and misdemeanors.

A few thoughts.

-Defendants are supposed to be mentally competent to stand trial. It's certainly not a certainty that Gonzales is up to understanding what impeachment means, other than, like a dog barking at a cat up a tree, protecting his master, Dubya.

-Okay, enough silliness.

This is a good thing. The vast majority of Americans know what a simpering, crooked, incompetent lout Gonzales is. The Democrats is the house should know that if they fail to impeach Gonzales, they will fail to come back in Jan 2009.

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-Going through the process of impeaching Gonzales will be good practice, will loosen up the Dems so they can get used to the idea of impeaching Cheney next.

-There are many house republicans who will have to vote to impeach Gonzales to keep their jobs. This impeachment will definitely NOT be a partisan vote strictly along party lines. The Republicans know that their constituents want them to clean up the justice department. That will make it more difficult for the Republicans in the senate to back Bush on this fight.

-This is one legislative action that will get the Dems some positive support from progressives. It will get them some flack from the right, from Dittohead radio and the right wing echo chamber, and overall, I think it will immunize them from the criticism they'll get when Cheney's then Bush's turns for impeachment come up.

-Showing some spine should raise the poll ratings for congress, even more, if the right wingers start criticizing the move.

-If Tony Snow attacks this, expect Bush's poll numbers to drop even lower. Remember, not a single member of congress would defend Gonzales on the sunday talk shows this past Sunday.

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-The poll ratings for Orrin Hatch, Gonzales top "red" defender, should be interesting to watch.

-The good news is that another legislator has dusted off the "I" word.

-Maybe this will bump the dumb talk about Hillary's cleavage off the news.

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