This is an interesting development - especially since it will probably fail.
Censuring the president is a step below impeachment and will not result in the President being removed from office. Nevertheless, it is a serious charge that will essentially label the president as a lawbreaker.
But with a congress controlled by the GOP, why even attempt to introduce it?
My gut feeling is that, by the time the mid-term elections get held at the end of this year, Bush and the Republican party will be even more unpopular with American voters. The Republicans have an unpleasant choice - to either continue to support a president who is obviously out of control, or to take a moral stand against him. Both choices are bad for the Republicans.
By introducing the bill now, and having it fail because of Republican opposition, Democrats could then have a handy political tool at their disposal. Assuming that Bush's unpopularity continues to afflict mainstream America, Democrats could easily use a refusal to censure in their political advertising. "Why vote for ____?" the TV ad would go, "He/she didn't think Bush's actions were wrong. Do you really want such a person in congress?"
Again, this is the big problem for the GOP - Mud that sticks. Republican Reps and Senators have the nasty choice of either alienating their own party by supporting a censure, or alienating the mainstream by sticking up for the president.
But, as Ray Patterson says to the residents of Springfield in the Simpsons episode Trash of the Titans:
Oh...oh, gosh...you know, I'm not much on speeches, but it's so gratifying to leave you wallowing in the mess you've made. You're screwed, thank you, bye.
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