Impeachment Watch VIII
Bob Fertik, perhaps best known for his wackadoodle page on Bush-Nazi links
has started a PAC to funnel money to Democrats favoring impeachment of President Bush. He's got a list of the candidates
who've come out in support of impeachment. Let's go through them to show just how futile this effort is going to be:
CA-52 Karen Marie Otter
FL-25 Miles Lawrence
IL-05 Johnny Haptonstall
IL-08 Bill Scheurer
IL-11 John Laesch
LA-01 Stacey Tallitsch
Mi-11 Tony Trupiano
WA-Senate Mark Wilson
Otter is running in a California district that is solid Republican; her opponent won by 41 percentage points in 2004. Lawrence's opponent for Florida's District #25 ran unopposed in 2004. The good news for Haptonstall and Scheurer is that they are running in Democratic districts; the bad news is that they are running against Democratic incumbents (Rahm Emanuel and Melissa Bean). The incumbent Republican in John Laesch's district won by 18 points in 2004, while Trupiano's foe won by 16 that year. Tallitsch is running against Republican rising star Bobby Jindal, who got 77% of the vote the last time around. And Mark Wilson, the one Senate candidate who's supporting impeachment is also running against a Democratic incumbent; Maria Cantwell.
So in other words, five of the pro-impeachment candidates are running in safe Republican districts where they have no chance of winning, and the three others are challenging incumbent Democrats.