Impeachment Again

“Obviously there’s no chance of 2/3 of the Senate voting to convict anyone,” writes Scott Lemieux, and “it’s hard to see how serious impeachment proceedings (as opposed to stepping up use of Congress’ oversight powers in general) would strengthen the Democrats’ political position.” I don’t really disagree with that.

That said, when you conduct a congressional investigation into allegations of serious presidential wrongdoing, it doesn’t make sense — logically speaking — to rule out impeachment as the outcome. In the real world, the votes aren’t there, the political benefits are all in doing the investigating, and there’s not even enough time left in the Bush administration to complete major investigations in the face of White House foot-dragging. But still, one has to say that insofar as congressional investigators manage to secure real proof — and it’d have to be real legal proof, not journalistic proof or convincing-to-me proof — of serious wrongdoing, that people could get themselves impeached.