McGovern: Oust Bush, Cheney

Former Dem. nominee rails against duo's 'high crimes and misdemeanors'
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 1:07 PM CST
Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern stands backstage before introducing Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., at the Johnson County Democrats' annual...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Now is the time to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney, declares former Democratic nominee George McGovern in a passionate, if quixotic, plea in the Washington Post. The duo have committed a plethora of "high crimes and misdemeanors," says McGovern, including illegal wiretapping, systematic torture, and substantial lying to the American people. The administration has reduced the US "to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world," he writes.

If Richard Nixon was eligible for impeachment, argues McGovern, then Bush and Cheney are slam dunks. Indeed, notes the man who lost to Nixon in 1972, "The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush." He argues that the terrorist threat has increased during their tenure. Of course, acknowledges McGovern, "the chances of a bipartisan impeachment and conviction are not promising."