Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel took another step closer to the abyss today, saying there are certain unnamed lawmakers out there who just might be willing to think about considering the possibility of maybe impeaching the president if he doesn't shape up and fly right within the next two years or so.

During a discussion on FOX News Sunday, Hagel remarked that "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, or I'm not listening to those bozos when I've got perfectly good bozos of my own, or if he says if you don't do it my way I'm just going to declare martial law and to hell with the consequences - if a president really believes that, then there are  - mmm, let me phrase this right because I'd hate to be taken out of context, which happens from time to time, and if a theoretical president were to theoretically, oh Christ, I'm really running on here, but what I was pointing out, or attempting to point out, is, there are ways to deal with that."

Asked by host Chris Wallace if he was thinking about the 'M' word, Hagel appeared confused, assuring him that murder was totally out of the question, a response which appeared to in turn confuse Wallace, causing him to go to commercial. Upon return, they made a fresh attempt, with Wallace reluctantly using the entire word 'impeachment'.

"Impeachment, that's a really interesting word," Hagel said cautiously. "You know, I haven't really voted to impeach anyone since Bill Clinton, and my goodness, what a waste of time that ended up being. Of course Clinton was a Democrat and Bush is a Republican, but... here's the thing. The Democrats have a fiendishly clever plan to not impeach Bush. That way they can paint him as the face of the Republican party and embarrass us with him for another two years, or heaven forbid, maybe longer. I know it's not fair, but that's the way politics is played. Does that answer your question?"

 

2007, Mark Hoback