Well, if the president has committed a crime, which wiretapping is (but that's just one example), and if he's admitted to committing these crimes, which he has, then yes, charging him with a crime is the right thing to do and not a partisan thing at all. The only reasons not to impeach the president is that you lack the gumption to stick it to Bush/Cheney (sadly true for most of the Democrats in Congress), or you are sufficiently not committed to the rule of law (sadly true for most of the Republicans), or you are trying to see if that's the best way to 'play it'. Which is so cynical I can hardly believe it.
Lots of people have argued against impeachment, among them Kos. The argument is that Democrats can try for an unsuccessful impeachment bid, or Democrats can show American voters that they can run the country in preparation for 2008. Hey, why not both?
So I'm quite pleased to see that my home state of Washington is starting (and I see that New Mexico has already passed) an impeachment resolution of its own.
Washington State is one of several states racing to see which will be first to send the U.S. House of Representatives a petition to impeach Bush and Cheney.Having this come at the state level is great: it costs Congressional Democrats nothing, and keeps the heat on Bush/Cheney. With these psychos, anything that can keep them off-balance and not invading Iran is good.
State Senator Eric Oemig, on February 14, 2007, introduced a resolution (PDF) calling on the Washington State Legislature to petition the U.S. House. Please thank him: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the way the right wing has done it for years. People like Limbaugh and Coulter say outrageous things, and listeners say, "Oh, that's far too extreme," and maybe the blowhards even cop some heat for saying it (but more likely they make money). But in the process, they push the dialogue over to the right. Then 'moderate (by comparison)' Republicans get to split the difference:
Interviewer: Right-wing Pundit, do you agree with these statements that liberals should be killed?
Right-wing Pundit: No, I'm advocating the rather more sensible step of imprisonment for treason.
And this is how American discourse has gotten to this sorry state. So I'm happy to see some pushback toward the left at the state level. Hey, aren't conservatives the ones who are so big on states' rights? Here it is in action.