The President's decision to send American firepower into Libya without asking for Congressional approval has some calling for his impeachment. And they are not Republicans or Tea Partiers, the Impeachment Bell is being rung by Democrats.
After weeks of hearing that Democrats planned to take advantage of a rift that had formed among the newly-elected GOP majority in the House, we see a similar problem on the Left side of the aisle. The anti-war wing of the Democratic Party is furious with the President.
Politico reported on the Democratic Conference call from the weekend:
Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.
Talking Points Memo noted that Ohio's diminutive Congressman and frequent presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich was perhaps the loudest voice against American military action in Libya, calling what into question what Obama had done:
"President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn't have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that's got to be said," Kucinich said in an interview with Raw Story."It's not even disputable, this isn't even a close question. Such an action -- that involves putting America's service men and women into harm's way, whether they're in the Air Force or the Navy -- is a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone."
According to Kucinich, Obama's decision "would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense," though he questioned whether Congress would ever move forward with a trial in practice.