Well. This is interesting.
As Delaware Republicans head to the polls to choose a U.S. Senate nominee between longtime liberal Republican Congressman Mike Castle and conservative activist Christine O’Donnell, there is an interesting development.
On June 10, 2008, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a famously far-left Democrat and in 2008 a candidate for president in the Democratic primaries that included Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, introduced a typical Kucinich-style piece of legislation.
That would be H. Res. 1258.
What was House Resolution 1258 all about?
To quote directly from Thomas, the official website of the Library of Congress — which is to say the official website of record for House and Senate proceedings — H.Res. 1258 is described thusly:
Title: Impeaching George W. Bush, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.
So far, so Kucinich. So Left.
Problem? About to be a huge problem for Mike Castle as voters in the Republican primary hit the polling booths?
On June 11, 2008, which is to say the very next day, there was a vote on the House floor to refer the bill to the House Judiciary Committee for action.
Aye — 227 Democrats
Nay — 166 Republicans
Mike Castle’s sudden problem?
According to the Congressional Record, there were 24 Republican Ayes.
That’s right. 24 Republican Congressmen voted to refer a resolution of impeachment of George W, Bush to the House Judiciary Committee for action. While 166 said no.
One of the 24 who gave a thumbs up to impeaching President Bush?
That would be Congressman Mike Castle, Republican, of Delaware.
Here’s the link from Thomas of Roll Call 401, the final vote. .
And here’s a link to what Congressman Kucinich had to say on the subject.
Now the question is: why would Mike Castle do something like this? Yes, yes, I know he’s close to his friends in SEIU and gets their money. That he opposed the Iraq surge, supported the teacher bailouts etc. etc.
There were 23 other Republicans who joined him in supporting Kucinich’s impeachment passion, so perhaps it was a parliamentary necessity agreed upon by the leadership. But 166 “No” votes from Republicans would seem to indicate there was considerable GOP revulsion at what Kucinich was trying to do. But not, it would seem, from Castle.
This morning’s Wall Street Journal carries a perceptive letter to the editor from an Iowa reader on the Castle-O’Donnell showdown. The reader points out that the September 8th issue of the WSJ carried two separate pieces on the subject. One piece, “Tea Party Favorite Alarms Delaware GOP,” refers to Castle as “the most liberal among House Republicans.” Yet in the WSJ editorial the same day, “The Tea Party and the GOP” Castle is described as a “moderate” Republican. Reader Roger Payne goes on to say:
Out here in Iowa someone who is the most liberal Republican in the House is not a moderate. Maybe this is one reason the Republican Party is having so much trouble around the country, because one person’s moderate is another person’s liberal. The Republican Party needs to decide what kind of party it is going to be.
Well said, Mr. Payne from Iowa.
For my money, the future of the Republican Party shouldn’t be anything close to agreeing with one of the furthest left House Democrats that a resolution calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush is in order.
Apparently, Congressman Castle disagrees. If that’s not the case, then there surely is a very good reason there were not 167 votes against Kucinich instead of 166.
I’m open to explanations while we await the vote.
And for the record — let’s say ahead of time — I’m with the winner of the Delaware GOP primary, whomever that might be. One would expect the same from Mr. Castle and his supporters if he loses. After all, they supported Christine O’Donnell in 2008 when Castle was afraid to challenge Biden. They did, didn’t they?
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