Maverick Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich is backing away from his “impeach Barack Obama” statements after it has become apparent that his fellow Democrats and the leadership of his party has no desire to back him.
So far, the only other member of Congress to back Kucinich is Texas Republican Ron Paul who is as much of an outsider to his party as Kucinich is to Democrats.
“You’re not going to get much support for impeachment when the two people pushing it are the leading whack jobs for each of their parties,” a Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue. “They lack the credibility to lead such an effort.”
After Obama authorized the attacks on Libya without consulting Congress, Kucinich said Obama committed “an impeachable offense.”
Now he admits the idea is dead.
“Impeachment is a a process,” he said Thursday, “and it is a process that is not going to begin.”
During President George W. Bush’s Presidency, Kucinich tried — and failed — to convince Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Polls show little public enthusiasm for impeachment and only consumer advocate and failed Green party Presidential candidate Ralph Nader has joined the cause.
Like Nader, Kucinich and Paul have run for President as fringe candidates.
- Kucinich: Impeachment’s not happening (politico.com)
- Kucinich: No plans to impeach Obama (thehill.com)
- Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Congressman, Questions Whether Libya Air Strikes Are ‘An Impeachable Offense’ (alternet.org)
- Nader, Kucinich call Libya action “impeachable” (salon.com)
- Carl Levin: Um, Let’s Not Impeach Obama (newser.com)
- Rep. Dennis Kucinich Wonders Whether Obama’s Participation In Libyan Missile Attacks Is ‘Impeachable’ (mediaite.com)