I don’t dwell on it but my fundamental beef with the Republican Party is with its acceptance of mostly Southern social conservative Democrats, the Wallace Democrats, Dixiecrats literal and figurative, in the late 1960s and early 70s. For me it’s a sort of Original Sin whose taint can fade but can never be washed away. However tentative my relationship to the Democratic Party might be I could never consider myself a Republican for that reason. Consequently, I can be a Democrat or an independent which for someone who lives in Chicago means a Democrat.
That is not to say that I have the dewy-eyed naïveté about the party that so many Democrats seem to have or, at least, express these days. Chided as I might be for suggesting from time to time that “they all do it”, the reality is that they all do it.
In the midst of the furor over some Republicans (and Democrats!) suggesting that the president is courting impeachment, Katherine Miller of Buzzfeed has picked up a fine example illustrating that both parties are in fact chockful of crazies. Rail as they might against prospective impeachment of President Obama by a Republican House, a bill to impeach President Bush was apparently introduced in the Democratically-controlled House of 2008. Its sponsor was Dennis Kucinich and its eleven co-sponsors included Sheila Jackson-Lee, Keith Ellison, and Jim McDermott.
When you condemn government by impeachment, you might at least be even-handed about it.