Impeachment: It’s not just for high crimes and misdemeanors anymore

It’s now a political tool to help the Democrats get their way. Jack Murtha is all for threatening President Bush with impeachment in an effort to pressure him to cave on the Iraq war:

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) said Sunday that Democrats in Congress could consider impeachment as a way to pressure President Bush on his handling of the war in Iraq.

“What I’m saying, there’s four ways to influence a president. And one of them’s impeachment,” Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Ian at Hot Air notes that Murtha is looking quite a bit like Vito Corleone with his heavy handed “we’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” tactic. Ian also has the transcript from Face the Nation:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Are you seriously talking about contemplating an impeachment of this President?

MURTHA: What I’m saying is there are four ways to influence a President.

SCHIEFFER: — and that’s one of them?

MURTHA: [unintelligible] and the fourth one is –

SCHIEFFER: — that’s an option that’s on the table?

MURTHA: I’m just saying that’s one way to influence the President

This would set an unbelievably dangerous precedent if the Dems were to use impeachment as a political tool to force President Bush to his knees on Iraq. Granted, they could never do it without committing political suicide themselves.

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