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Sheila Jackson Lee, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake, and the impeachment farce

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The Washington Post's Aaron Blake admits no Republican of consequence has endorsed plans to impeach the president. Nonetheless, wild speculating on the matter is still a “totally valid topic.”

Blake even acknowledges that barring a major new development, impeachment “just won’t happen.” Still, it’s a perfectly valid pretext for attacking Republicans. Would that the Post held all legislators to a vigorous standard.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke against a resolution authorizing House Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for abusing his executive authority last night, telling colleagues Democrats had never moved to impeach President George W. Bush during his administration.

“We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority,” she said, speaking from the House floor.

Actually, Jackson Lee cosponsored a 2008 impeachment resolution with former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and 10 other House Democrats against President Bush. Other cosponsors of the legislation include Sunday show regular Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who served in the House until her election to the Senate in 2012.

“She misspoke,” a spokesman for the congresswoman said.

In the last 60 days, the Post has written about impeachment speculation 30 times, but only filed four stories in 2008 about Kucinich's resolution — when impeachment was actually on the table — and five more stories about an effort to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a search of the paper's archives.

Aaron Blake, call your office.

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