Rep. Kucinich introduces articles of impeachment

The maverick Ohio lawmaker took up the House floor for hours Monday reading his list of President Bush's alleged crimes, but the effort is certain to come to naught.

Published June 10, 2008 2:30PM (EDT)

On Monday night, in a presentation that lasted for almost five hours, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, took to the floor of the House of Representatives and offered 35 separate articles of impeachment against President Bush.

There's basically no chance this will go anywhere. Kucinich offered a similar resolution against Vice President Cheney last year, and that is currently stuck in the House Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that impeachment is "off the table," and with good reason. The impeachment of President Clinton did the Republicans little good politically, and impeaching Bush now might very well diminish the substantial advantage Democrats currently have with voters. Plus, Bush has little more than half a year remaining in his term.

Some liberals in the blogosphere are complaining about the dearth of coverage of Kucinich's resolution. I have to disagree -- as I've pointed out before, when discussing complaints of liberal bias from the right, the media is in the business of covering news. This barely qualifies; if it deserves mention in the mainstream media at all, it certainly doesn't deserve to be accorded the status of something big and breaking. I'm sorry, but the action of a lone congressman who's widely considered something of a laughingstock, especially when it's clear that action will never come to anything, just isn't especially newsworthy. (I cover it here mostly just because I know Salon readers care, and partially because I wanted to make that point.)

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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