Griffs Notes 3/26/07

Cindy Sheehan has a new beau in Washington and his name is Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

She has become the face of the anti-war movement and he has become the face of the anti-war GOP. And their astrological stars found each other even closer in alignment this weekend when the Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hinted at the “I” wordImpeachment.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Hagel offered a veiled threat when it came to President Bush’s reluctance to bend to Congress’ perceived will. Here’s what Hagel had to say:

Any president who says, I don't care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don't care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed _ if a president really believes that, then there are _ what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that…

Additionally, Hagel brought the “I” word up in an interview in Esquire magazine on the stands in the April issue. There he makes the case that President Bush “isn’t accountable anymore” and suggests we “might see calls for his impeachment.”

I am not sure the Nebraska senator has it right when he says that President Bush will not “respond” to what the “people of this country are saying” because linking the Iraq War and Impeachment tend to be more the desire of than of Main Street America. Furthermore, “being accountable” to members of congress with thin political skin is far from an impeachable offense.

The President’s determined decision to continue to fight for victory in Iraq is an unpopular and lonely choice. Time and history may prove that it was the wrong choice, but at least it bore the hallmark of leadership.

It seems that there is little disagreement between the President, Congress and the American people when it comes to the Iraq War: no one wants it to continue a day longer than it has to. But when it comes to ending the conflict, the President has chosen to give the “surge” a chance to succeed rather setting a timeline to withdraw troops.

One wonders if Sen. Hagel has had a chance to speak with Gen. David Petraeus?

After last Friday’s passing of the House Iraq Supplemental bill, we may yet see the Senate pass similar language this week, which will undoubtedly be vetoed by the President. Although it is not clear that Sen. Reid has the simple majority to do so.

What will be interesting is to see is how Sen. Chuck Hagel votes on it.

And for a guy who seems to be courting his party’s nomination for the 2008 Presidential Election, I would dare suggest that what the “people of this country” want is another long, drawn out impeachment circus.

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