FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

A HACK'S PROGRESS

FIRST, let's examine the impeachment project in the wider context. Impeachment and conviction of both the President and Vice President would remove the Constitutional leader of the US armed forces and his successor at a time when our fighting men are engaged in combat in two theaters. No need to respond to the Impeachfreaks who deny that this will have a demoralizing effect on our troops and encouragement to our enemies. Such denial is merely childish. If the project is a moral and Constitutional imperative, as they claim, then the costs must be acknowledged and born.

SECOND, we know that, despite the rhetoric about justice, legality and morality, the Impeachfreaks' energy is largely derived from a visceral hatred, measured on a hostility-scale that runs from hysteria to dementia. Their websites invariably include venomous attacks on policies (e.g., economic and environmental) that have nothing to do with the allegedly impeachment charges. For them the time lapse between any accusation whatever and a guilty verdict is a fraction of a nanosecond.

THIRD, Mike Michaud's call for impeachment of Richard Cheney is more than a little odd.
The Constitution allots the V.P. the power to preside over the Senate and break a tie vote, nothing more. The executive power is invested in the president alone. A vice president's power depends on his influence over the president. It might make more sense to investigate Laura Bush's abuse of her power as First Lady. After all, her husband has acknowledged that she was the influence that turned him into a teetotaler. She is clearly a power in the administration.
The Congressman's press secretary assures us that he consulted unknown legal experts who provided him with unspecified advice. All we can say for sure about his legal guidance is that he has endorsed John Edwards, a successful lawyer, for president. Mrs. Edwards, speaking for her husband, stated back in October that there would be no point in impeaching President Bush unless the vice president was impeached first, because "none of us wants to end up with a President Cheney."

So there we have it. Impeach both Bush and Cheney and we end up with President Pelosi, an alien life form from a distant planet called San Francisco. That is the real rationale for including him in the impeachment fantasy.

FOURTH, The incumbent demands an investigation of allegations that the V.P. is guilty of "mischaracterizing information about Iran's nuclear program." Nowhere in the Constitution or statutes of the United States is "mischaracterization" defined as a crime. The word doesn't even appear in standard dictionaries. Our spellcheckers are baffled by it. No one has ever been, or ever will be, impeached on a charge that cannot be defined.

Now we all know that professional politicians love clarity like the Devil loves holy water, so we are allowed to guess that the congressman, in an evasive and roundabout way, is accusing Richard Cheney of lying. For example, the VP warned us about Iran's nuclear ambitions while a recent National Intelligence Estimate concluded that the mad mullahs abandoned their effort to achieve nuclear capability in 2003.
There are a number of obvious problems here. The report is an "estimate" not a statement of verifiable fact. American intelligence services do not have a flawless record. Israeli intelligence services do not agree with this conclusion. It's true that Israel's has its own interests and its intelligence services do not have a perfect record either, but their record in the region is better than our own.

FIFTH, the belief that the products of intelligence services are, or ever could be, revelations of verifiable truth is contrary to both logic and historical experience. According to CIA routines there are five steps in the intelligence process: 1) Planning and Direction; 2) Collection; 3) Processing; 4) Analysis; 5) Dissemination. There are potentials for failure in every one, and some intelligence professionals consider this description itself flawed.

Some scholars insist that "intelligence success" must be defined as substantially reducing uncertainty. Most professionals dismiss this measure as a demand for clairvoyance and insist that the most that can be expected is the provision of a range of viable options and opportunities for policy makers to choose.

In sum, an investigation aimed at proving that the National Intelligence Estimate is Invincible Truth and the VP's views are Demonstrable Fraud is an indefensible absurdity.

SIXTH, To accuse the President and Vice President of harboring preconceptions is merely to state a truism. This is true of all policy-makers and has been the subject of much discussion among students of intelligence and decision making.

SEVENTH, An impeachment investigation would require public exposure of our entire intelligence operation to public scrutiny. It could not be otherwise.

On September 26 Michaud's statement to MaineImpeach.org emphasized his hostility to the administration's policies but avowed that a "purely partisan impeachment proceedings would be destructive and divisive." In December he writes a letter the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee calling for impeachment investigation in order to heal the nation's divisions. No bipartisan support has emerged in these months. Only a fraction of the Democratic congressmen support impeachment.

Mike Michaud may not be the brightest bulb on the marquee, but he knows that a Democratic Congress with a with a 23% approval rating isn't going to heal the country's divisions and assuage public mistrust of government by impeaching a Republican president with a 32% approval rating.
So what is the East Millinocket Macchiavelli really up to? Back in September MaineImpeach.org urged its supporters to gather signatures to give Mike the "courage" to act. That makes sense. Popularity is to a timid politician what Rum is to a timid soldier"”a powerful stimulant.

Apparently 12,000 signatures provided Mike with just enough stimulus to send a letter to the committee, although not quite enough to explain his action to his constituents. His press secretary responded to a inquiry by Jessica Alaimo of PolitickerMaine.com that he was too busy doing the people's business and fighting for his constituents. You've got to wonder what price in self-respect is paid for uttering such empty bromides.

Mike may be a double-blank domino as a Congressman, but he knows all the dodges of political hackery as well as an organ-grinder's monkey knows its tricks. He has won the undying love of the Impeachfreaks. DailyHate.com, Cranks-R-Us.net, PoliticalDelirium.org and such like websites hail him as a hero.

The present atmosphere of hyperventilating hyperbole makes his impeachment proposal look ordinary. He'll avoid stirring up the voters at large by dodging all demands for explanation. Not even his most determined supporters expect him to know more about the complexities of intelligence than a curb greaser knows about quantum physics.

He risks no probing inquiries; Maine's press has shown little interest in impeachment despite its obvious objections to the administration, but it will slide quietly over his contradictions and confusion. So far are only Jessica Alaimo has bothered to follow up with a question.

Gerald E. Thibodeau
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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

Please summarize in words Mike can understand.

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Impeachment stupid, no grounds....therefore, those making demand not too bright themselves.

Simple enough for the good congresscritter.

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[quote="FLAMMENWERFER"]. . . So there we have it. Impeach both Bush and Cheney and we end up with President Pelosi, an alien life form from a distant planet called San Francisco . . .[/quote] Perhaps she'd usher in a constitutional amendment for her choice of an elite national menu. I wonder what she'd do with leftovers?

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

Perhaps Republican candidates should consider not getting involved in rhetoric swapping debates over issues that may never bear fruit. Posting essays such as this only give credence to Republicans not taking the seat away from Michaud or the dems as language calling them "freaks" and "aliens" will come back to bite him. You can't win over undecided voters with such distasteful language.

While I agree neither Cheney or Bush should or could be impeached, and I agree its wrong for Mr. Michaud to affirm the wish to do so, its a worse evil to go after Mr. Michaud for it in a manner which makes one look hateful, rather we should focus our energies on affirmative issues such as whats right with our country and why thats because of good Republicans.

Respectfully,

Bob Reed

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Bob is so proud of this piece of unsolicited advice that he sent it to me in an e-mail.

But, honestly, I don't hate anybody---not ever pompous bores.

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

Wow, I hope you're not implying that I sent it to you via email as I did nothing of the sort...and as to being pompous, it looks like if I was I'd be in good company on this blog. Bottom line is voters are turned off by negative campaigning and would rather hear how you can make this a better place IMHO.

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

THE MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM bender_buzzer@yahoo.com

Perhaps Republican candidates should consider not getting involved in rhetoric swapping debates over issues that may never bear fruit. Posting essays such as this only give credence to Republicans not taking the seat away from Michaud or the dems as language calling them "freaks" and "aliens" will come back to bite him. You can't win over undecided voters with such distasteful language.

While I agree neither Cheney or Bush should or could be impeached, and I agree its wrong for Mr. Michaud to affirm the wish to do so, its a worse evil to go after Mr. Michaud for it in a manner which makes one look hateful, rather we should focus our energies on affirmative issues such as whats right with our country and why thats because of good Republicans.

Respectfully,

Bob Reed

I would go further, myself, and omit the "respectfully", and say that you are a despicable hypocrit who is unfit to represent the people of Maine.

UPON REFLECTION THE POST SCRIPT SUGGESTS THAT THE SOGGY BUZZ-BOMB ORIGINATES FROM SOME OTHER SOURCE.

APOLOGIES TO BOB, ALTHOUGH THE DESCRIPTION "POMPOUS BORE" MUST STAND.

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

I'll accept half an apology any day, as long as you'll accept half my vote any day.

A non-conforming sparrow once decided to not fly south for the winter to prove it wasn't neccesary nor would he suffer any ill consequences. This went quite well until mid-January when the truly cold weather came and the sparrow needed to change his thought process, so off he went. He made it as far south as Pennsylvania before his wings froze up and he plummetted to the ground. Fortunately for him he landed in the farmers cow pasture and right in a pile of cow dung. The freshly deposited dung was still warm which helped unfreeze his wings so he bagan to chirp for joy at his survival from disaster. The barn cat heard the chirping and came along to promptly eat the sparrow for lunch.

3 morals to consider

1. Those who get you into crappy positions are not neccesarily your enemy
2. Those who get you out of crappy positions are not neccesarily your friends
3. If your warm and happy in a pile of crap, keep your mouth shut!

Its nice to see Mr. Michaud has no competition for the House seat he currently occupies. I would have expected more from a candidate running for the United States Congress.

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

Speaking as a ten year old sacrificial lamb, let me say, Mr. Reed, if you think you can do better, please, throw your hat in the ring. John Frary's candidacy will be beneficial to the extent he can show Rep Michaud for what he is. Your advice would strip that benefit away completely. The second CD and Maine would not be well served by following that strategy, although incumbents across the political spectrum may be quite appreciative.

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ditto

[quote="Jon Reisman"]. . . John Frary's candidacy will be beneficial to the extent he can show Rep Michaud for what he is . . .[/quote] For that alone I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm not in Flammen's district!

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To those who beleive that Mr. Frary is the answer, I respectfully disagree...Maine by nature is a very conservative state and yet at election time we choose more Democrats than Republicans. I beleive Mr. Frary represents one more opportunity to keep Michaud in power.

TO say vote for me because Mr. Michaud wants to impeach the Vice president is not going to win you any votes you don't already have - get off the horse and start talking to people whose mind you need to change, not those who already support you. As someone voting in the district, your letter and reaction to my commentary make me more likely to vote against you, which means either voting for Michaud, or leaving the ballot blank, neither of which helps you to gain office.

Offending those who might vote for you has never worked in the history of free elections.

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

I disagree with Mr. Reed. Make this race a slugfest!

Mr. Frary's article points out the adsurdity of Michaud's position in his effort to pander to the extreme left. Well done and entertaining too.

I would venture to guess that most voters will be happy to see the President ride off into the sunset. Will the voters be just as willing to send current do nothing legislators like Michaud to retirement too?

Frary's discription of Michaud's "dodges of political hackery as well as an organ grinder's monkey knows its tricks" is spot on. If he can frame Michaud as part of the problem he has a very good chance of replacing him. IMO the hardcore dems are not going to abandon Michaud. Its the middle of the roaders and independents who ask the question: what are you doing for us Mike? These folks may be willing to jettison him especially if Mr. Frary continues to take the fight to him and frame him as what he is.

Will Mr. Frary be able to sharpen and shape his message to reach those voters and give them a reason to make the change?

Gawd i hope so. In any event it will be an entertaining race.

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FRARY AMG COLUMN: MICHAUD'S IMPEACHMENT LETTER

Mark my words, this race will not even be close...I'd call it a landslide for Michaud if he goes against Frary. No offense to those on the R side like myself, but playing negative cards this early in a campaing on a website which pretty much is conservative in naturwe of viewers does absolutely nothing to help garner additional votes or sway voters.

Its a turn off to many and sounds like sour grapes to some. We're better off showing how we cn do a better job rather than pointing out their deficiencies.

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