"The word is out. Their position is clear. Last week, Sen. Russ Feingold floated a reckless plan to censure the President, and some Democrat leaders have ecstatically jumped on Feingold's bandwagon. And, if they gain even more power in November, they won't stop there." There you have it. RNC head Ken Melhman's aggressive campaign to use censure and impeachment to drive voters to the polls is in full swing. Mehlman sent an email to constituents Thursday morning in an effort to scare the bajesus out of them and to solicit money to fight the big bad Democratic beast.
"The Democrats' plan for 2006? Take the House and Senate, and impeach the President. With our nation at war, is this the kind of Congress you want? If your answer is a resounding "NO", I need you to make an urgent contribution to help us win this fight," Mehlman wrote.
Make no mistake. The censure/impeachment issue is going to be this year's gay marriage hot-button, and Mehlman & Co. will use it as contentiously and divisively as possible. It's going to get ugly. For the GOP and for Bush, it's about survival. And the Repuglicans have shown us time and again that they will use whatever means necessary, no matter how dirty, to attain and retain power.
Case in point, just take a look at the irresponsible rhetoric in Mehlman's email: "Democrat leaders' talk of censure and impeachment isn't about the law or the President doing anything wrong. It's about the fact that Democrat leaders don't want America to fight the War on Terror with every tool in our arsenal. Your immediate action will send these reckless Democrats a message and help preserve our Republican majorities."
This incendiary pack of lies is exactly the kind of swift-boating venom of which these criminals are capable. They'll continue to shamelessly distort the truth and, as demonstrated, even use 9-11 to connect the impeachment dots. Mehlman and his cronies, as well as his boss Bush, know very well that impeachment is indeed based on the law, and Bush's criminal behavior. It has nothing whatsoever to do with 9-11 and fighting the war on terror. It's another example of the Bushies' despicable exploitation of that horrific day in 2001 to satisfy their own selfish ends.
"The world is watching," writes Mehlman in his closing statement. "Using every tool at our disposal to fight terrorists should not be a partisan issue. Democrats should to be focused on winning the War on Terror, not undermining it with political axe-grinding of the ugliest kind." Well, look who just made the war on terror a "partisan" issue. Mehlman should be ashamed of himself.
But that's just the point. The Repugs have no shame. As I've written before, Democrats better get with the program and mobilize their own get-out-the-vote campaign based heavily on the impeachment issue or they'll be left in the political dust yet again. The Repug's are opening their playbook and showing their strategy. We can only hope that the Democrats are watching.