Sheila Jackson Lee opposes the idea of impeaching Barack Obama. Whatever yours position on impeaching the President, one thing is for sure: He, like many others before him, deserves more than just impeachment. Whether it’s a politically viable or realistic option is up for debate.
Many on the left are trying to shield the President from political attacks and lawsuits that smack of impeachment. One of them is Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat congress(wo)man from Texas. She thinks people on the right are calling for Obama’s impeachment for simply doing his job. And besides, Democrats never did anything like that against Bush when he unconstitutionally took us to war in Iraq. Here’s what she said:
“I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.”
About that “historical fact” of hers. Actually, she did exactly what she stated she never did. She was the co-sponsor of a resolution in 2008 that Dennis Kucinich sponsored that called for Bush’s impeachment.
House Resolution 1258, “Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors”; specifically, according to the bill, “Deceiving Congress With Fabricated Threats of Iraq WMDs To Fraudulently Obtain Support for an Authorization of the Use of Military Force Against Iraq.”
Her name is on the co-sponsor list. I don’t really care that she wanted to impeach Bush. Lots of people did. But why lie about it?
She’d rather lie about it than try to make a distinction between what Bush did and what Obama has done. Obama’s done more to deserve impeachment than Bush. Maybe Jackson Lee knows this, and so instead of trying to make the case for how Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” aren’t as bad as Bush’s, she just went ahead and falsely claimed that as bad as Bush was, she and her colleagues never called for his impeachment, as a way to convince everyone else to defend the President.