Nine Republicans Break Party Ranks on Impeachment

Thursday, July 17, 2008

In a stunning development which fell with the silence of a feather yesterday, nine Republicans broke with their iron-fisted party to put country first, and voted to send Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s article of impeachment — HR 1345 to the Judiciary, where Chairman John Conyers will hold a hearings on abuses of power by the Bush administration, according to the Congressional Quaterly’s CQToday.

The final vote was: Yea 238 – Nay 180.

The Nine Republicans are:

Congressman Kevin Brady (TX)

Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (MD)

Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC)

Congressman Don Manzullo (IL)

Congressman Tim Murphy (PA)

Congressman Ron Paul (TX)

Congressman Dave Reichert (WA)

Congressman Christopher Shays (CT)

Congressman Mike Turner (OH)

Congressman Kucinich has promised a surprise foreign official as a witness in the hearing. His article focuses on administration claims that Saddam possessed WMD in the run-up to the Iraq war, and that there was a connection between Hussein and 9/11.

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13 Responses to Nine Republicans Break Party Ranks on Impeachment

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    We’re either seeing an rare show of patriotism from the corrupt GOP House, or a stunning example of CYA because they know the shit is about to his the fan. Anyway you look at it, this is some fascinating political theater.

  2. Winnie H. says:

    Wayne Gilchrist is a good guy. He’s one of only two Republican members of the House who consistently voted against Bush and the war. He’s a Vietnam veteran with a conscience about war and its consequences.

    Sadly, he was defeated in his primary by a rabid neocon. With any luck, that seat will be picked up by a Democrat this time.

    But I’m not surprised to see him standing up once more to the Bush regime.

  3. Aunt Peg says:

    Repugs with a spine?

    Please, pinch me because I can’t believe what I just read? What gives? If I hadn’t read it with my own two eyes, I would’ve believed it.

  4. Estacada says:

    I read it here, then immediately flipped on the cable news expecting to hear something, anything about 9 Republicans breaking ranks to support Kucinich’s impeachment article, and as usual, not a fucking mention of it.

    This is why Americans overwhelmingly read the blogs to learn what is happening in this country.

    If you want to know about a bear wandering into a neighborhood in Great Falls, or Britney’s latest custody battle, watch cable news. But for news that actually informs, it’s the blogosphere or nowhere.

  5. Harry says:

    I will be emailing all nine of them to say “Thank You.” I’m truly stunned.

  6. Grant says:

    Ron Paul is a whacko but Christopher Shays? Shays has had his nose up Bush’s rectum for years.

    Methinks more than patriotism or a commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law, these GOP scalawags are mostly worried about reelection.

    Sorry to be so cynical but that’s my two cents.

  7. good for them

  8. Dick Small says:

    Good for them!!

  9. Dick Small says:

    Ooops, I just noticed I repeated rawdawg’s comment. I’m so embarrassed….

  10. Scott Dancer says:

    Nine Republicans side with Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich on bringing his single impeachment article to the floor.

    ~yawn~

    I’m afraid I can’t get too excited about this. What I would’ve preferred to see was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi make impeaching Bush a top priority two years ago when she came to power instead of taking an unconstitutional position that blocked all efforts to impeach Mr. Bush.

    The Congress is days away from their summer break and then there is the convention. I would be truly taken aback if Kucinich’s article has any teeth this late in the game.

  11. Conejo1982 says:

    When Watergate happened, GOP support for impeaching Nixon began with a trickle.

    It wasn’t until the final vote was scheduled to be taken that Nixon realized he had lost the support of his own party.

    I know this is too little too late but I’m glad it’s in the official record.

  12. proudprogressive says:

    a little late, its soo late i find it rather astounding. Be that as it may – it will be very very satisfying to see what kinds of legal charges can be brought to the table for these war criminals when they are out of office. They think they are an untouchable secret government – and have been acting as such …from blowing off congressional supeanaes to making up the news rules of engagement. Claiming excutive priviledge on all things where they are apparently guilty as charged. In their case the presumption of innocense is a really big stretch.

    Its gonna take decades to undo the damage , literally – nothing like seeing some justice delivered , however long waited for – to ease the pain of the economic melt down we are living through..BUT i will believe all this when i freakin see it – How many YEARS now , how many petitions signed , phone calls made –

    This as said above – where’s the teeth ? where is the beef – its way too little way too late. None the less – these criminals deserve consequences of the legal variety after they are out of office. Until their crimes are addressed – we live in a fascist country period.

  13. gary marcus says:

    the reasons why the republicans broke ranks to support impeachment is irrelevant. the fact that they did it is relevant. many years ago i used to consider myself a republican, then i became disenchanted with them when president ford stated that he reluctantly signed the largest deficit budget in the history of the nation at that time. obviously, the government’s deficits have risen to where they dwarf ford’s budget deficit and make it appear like a pee hole in the snow by comparison.

    i joined the libertarian party and now i am happy to say that it is disintegrating. the political system is the country’s problem, not the parties. their primary goal is attain the reigns of power. they will sacrifice the people’s freedom in order to massage their inflated egos.

    the difference between the elected leadership and dictators is only a comparative one. the command economy is a zero sum game. there are always going to winners and losers. the opportunities in this system are based on primarily which special interest group a person can position himself in.

    it has been said that the cream rises to the top in a free market and in government the crap rises to the top. when the government gets bigger the special interest groups increase so that they can get their fair share of the stolen property.

    when people realize that abdicating their responsibility for government largesse will always lead to a total collapse.

    a free society is based on voluntary association, not coercion. what bush and the neocons did and are doing is only the tip of the iceburg. until people wake up and look at the world with their eyes open, then we will continue to have elected officials performing impeachable offenses.

    i hope that the people realize that clinton who authorized the invasion of the sudan and bush authorized the invasion of iraq are only symptons of the decadent system that we currently live in.

    hurray for the the republican rank-breaking. now, if only the democrats would do similarly.

    i am a long-term optomist. i expect that this country will get back to its roots. i believe that this is the greatest country ever created on the face of the earth. when the government puts the defense of individual liberty first, then the the mockery that is called a democracy will revert to a republic.
    the elected representatives will revert to the status of statesmen and not politicians.

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