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Ear to the Ground

The Road to Impeachment

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Posted on Jan 9, 2009
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The Economist

Rod Blagojevich, governor of Illinois, will face a state Senate trial on corruption charges.

The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich on charges of corruption—like, for example, trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. The road to impeachment now leads to the Illinois state Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed to boot Blagojevich.


ABC News:

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 on Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges that include allegedly trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

The article of impeachment—essentially an indictment—now goes to the state Senate for a trial. A two-thirds vote is required there to convict Blagojevich and remove him from office. The trial will be presided over by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and could begin as early as Jan. 26.

In the state Senate trial, impeachment managers and Blagojevich will have the opportunity to present witnesses and evidence.

If convicted by the Illinois Senate, Blagojevich would be removed from office and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would become acting governor.

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By Hemi*, January 11, 2009 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

dihey, so you read only one line of my post. You are so above the fray.

You say: “Kangaroo-court proceedings belong in dictatorships.”

And where does Guantanamo belong in your estimation?
We’re not a dictatorship but not far from it.
We get your point you don’t need to quibble.

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By diggersstory, January 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

War profiteers who lie to start wars for personal gain should be the 1st on the chopping block > impeached. Impeaching Blago without impeaching the Bush gangsters will not go unnoticed by most Americans no matter how much Bush spends tax payers money to sweeten his soiled history. Enslaving this generation and those to come to work longer and war on more foreign soil to pay off foolish, wasteful, secretive debts is just the tip of the iceberg.  More wars involving American children NO PROBLEMO! Sign the 18-25 year olds up for service (civilian army) and ship them off. What a joke… Who are they defending? Not American securities…shipped off to wage wars for other interests not ours!...When will it stop?....yada yada…Do we get the picture yet? If American children don’t join they better get out of the way (like the Civilian song states in their lyrics.) I saw this in a movie theater ad and WHamO did I get the gist of what’s to come. Watch Out Kiddies!
Justice is what we need to create peace not more wars. Justice for all and not for the few. When will Bush’s gang get what Blago deserves and just as swiftly? Justice for all… can someone smell the fish (small fry) burning?

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By GB, January 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Cyrena,
I’m well aware of what our country should be and is or never has been.
Pelosi recently said she doesn’t know any impeachable offense committed by the Bush administration and if she did she might consider action. This was long after Conyers wrote a book on it and Dennis Kucinich presented 35 articles of impeachment to Congress of which Pelosi says she was unaware of. Without action, I call this complicite with the crimes. Instead she, willfully funded all of Bush’s requests to continue the carnage in Iraq along with Constitutional attacks like the Patriot Act renewals, military commissions act etc…
I have no party affiliation but I was behind the bravest Democratic candidate, Kucinich until the mainstream media began to cancel his voice.
Democracy is when we all have a voice and when it is hi-jacked in the Executive branch with media complicity or whatever reason it should be challenged in the other two.
We have a long way to go if we are going to preserve what should be a Democracy.

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By cyrena, January 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

GB writes:

“It looks like we have a long way to go to preserve democracy.”

PRESERVE Democracy??? I think it’s a bit late for that GB. There’s an entire line of GB’s that have pretty much wiped out that concept (Democracy) a really long time ago. Thank Cheney for the wiping even the ‘going through the motions’ part.

As as aside, (and a look at history) Authoritarian regimes are NEVER impeached. Dictators cannot be impeached. They can be overthrown via a coup of some sort, but not impeached. No dictator has ever been ‘impeached’ so there was no reason to expect Cheney to be.

And we can’t preserve a ‘democracy’ that we never really had to begin with. We’ve had a Constitutional Republic, NOT a ‘democracy’. It can hardly be considered a democracy with less than 1/4 of the citizens actually participate in elections. And as frustrating as I find it that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid did NOT do more to pursue impeachment, (which has to begin in the house, so better to blame Nancy first) there’s that small matter of the fact that the American public who DID vote, somehow managed to elect the criminals TWICE. (doesn’t matter that the first time was a Judicial Coup, because enough people did vote for them both times, for them to pull it off.)

So while it’s really convenient to blame the Congress, there’s a bit of obvious hypocrisy in expecting the officials ELECTED by the people, to impeach some other officials - ALSO SELECTED by the people.

How much more of a responsibility is it for Nancy and Harry to impeach the criminals than it was for the US population not to elect them in the first place?

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By dihey, January 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

At least one excellent thing has come out of Blago-gate. The Illinois Supreme Court and Mr. Burris have taught our Senators and PE Obama a great refresher on our country’s laws which they willfully and dangerously trampled underfoot.

HEMI: It is precisely because of our system of justice that I am not among the “everybody” who ask “why is this guy still in office”? Please speak for yourself in the future. Kangaroo-court proceedings belong in dictatorships.

I would dearly love to know how many of the Illinois representatives who impeached Blago have engaged in semi-legal “pay-for-play” themselves. Too bad that it is not in the Fitzgerald playbook for further investigation.

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By Hemi*, January 10, 2009 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

Everyone asks the same question. Why is this guy still in office?

Despite ourselves we are a nation of laws (perhaps that’s better stated a nation of lawyers). I have a suspicion that Blago, if you will pardon the mental picture, has a photo of somebody high up with a goat. Not literally but figuratively. I don’t think he is any dirtier than many of the politicians deciding his fate, he’s just cruder. I’ve got to believe there are conversations going on in the Illinois state senate that include “I told you he would be a problem!” They will take him down soon and if not he will take a few others down with him. Don’t be surprised if he falls out of plane or steps in front of a bus in the near future.

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By M.B.S.S., January 10, 2009 at 12:16 am Link to this comment

does anyone else find this guy hilarious it a smarmy, stomach churning, used car salesmen/tv evangelest, kind of way?  how about his tennyson poetry recital today?

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By PatrickHenry, January 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

By Margaret Currey, January 9 at 1:29 pm #

They should be audited, paneled and analized the rest of their lives, after they’ve left office.

I don’t want Bush in any position to pardon any of their un-indicted crimes.

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By Margaret Currey, January 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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Conflict of interest was what Chaney is about, Haliburton was the suppliers for the war in Iraq, so it was a subsidity but it was still a part of Haliburton, first the vice says he is part of the Executive when convient, and when not convenient he is part of the Congress.

Bottom line Chaney should be Impeached before or after leaving office, same with Bush, biggest bunch of thieves in recent history.

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By GB, January 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment
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It’s interesting how fast a governor can get impeached for possibly making money for political favors but Cheney and Bush make billions from Halliburton and Oil Companies by starting an illegal war for profit getting thousands of our service people killed and a million innocent Iraqis killed, torture, illegal wire tapping, etc. and they walk free? Pelosi and Reid talk about Bush’s failed policies but who failed the American public in not prosecuting these crimes against humanity? Pelosi and Reid.
It looks like we have a long way to go to preserve democracy.

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