The Sheehanistas are turning on Sen. Patty Murray in Washington state over the war. Allah’s got the video of Murray getting chewed out by Evergreen State lefties, who are pushing impeachment legislation. My old Seattle Times colleague David Postman reports on the panic the measure is causing among Beltway Democrats:
Sen. Patty Murray and Congressman Jay Inslee are lobbying legislators to cancel this week’s hearing on a resolution calling on Congress to investigate and consider impeaching President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Inslee and Murray, both Democrats who voted against the war, think state lawmakers holding hearings and voting on impeachment is a distraction from what Democrats are doing in Congress, including their efforts to end the war.
…”Jay called and he said, ‘Darlene, don’t do this,'” said Sen. Darlene Fairley, D-Lake Forest Park. She is chairwoman of the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee, which is scheduled to hold a hearing on two measures Thursday. One is Sen. Eric Oemig’s joint memorial calling for Congress to investigate and consider impeachment of Bush and Cheney. The other is Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles’ measure opposing Bush’s troop increase in Iraq.
“I said, ‘Jay it’s all over YouTube. I can’t un-ring that bell,'” Fairley said. There are a number of videos posted to the site featuring Oemig and the impeachment measure….
…The hearing at 3:30 p.m. Thursday is looking to be a major spectacle. The Washington Legislature’s anti-Bush moves have become, at least temporarily, a center of attention of anti-war forces around the country. At an impeachment forum in Olympia last week where Oemig spoke, according to reports, the audience included Rachel Corrie’s parents, Lt. Ehren Watada and James Yee.
Coming to Olympia to testify in favor of Oemig’s impeachment resolution are Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, a growing voice in the anti-war movement, and Mary Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel who resigned from the U.S. State Department in 2003 to protest the invasion of Iraq. She has since worked closely with Cindy Sheehan and others in the peace movement.
Kohl-Welles told me she invited retired Chairman of the Joint Chief Gen. John Shalikashvili, who lives near Gig Harbor, and actor and activist Sean Penn. She said she was waiting to hear back from Penn’s publicist.
The hearing is turning into just what Democrats in Congress worry about.
Yep. More on that in today’s Washington Post, which has a parallel article on the Dems’ Murtha headache.
Dan Riehl has background on the impeachment drive.
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