McGovern: Bush is (still) worse than Nixon

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George McGovern's op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday morning is titled "Why I Believe Bush Must Go: Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse." It sounds both a call to arms

Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.

and a cautionary note:

Impeachment is unlikely, of course. But we must still urge Congress to act. Impeachment, quite simply, is the procedure written into the Constitution to deal with presidents who violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. It is also a way to signal to the American people and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an American patriot.

McGovern has been calling for Cheney to resign since at least March 2007, as in this discussion with John Nichols from The Nation where he called Bush/Cheney "the most lawless administration we've ever had:"

"There is no question in my mind that Cheney has committed impeachable offenses. So has George Bush. [...] Bush is much more impeachable than Richard Nixon was. That's been clear for some time. There does not seem to be much sentiment for impeachment in Congress now, but around the country people are fed up with this administration."

Jonathan Adler points out at The Volokh Conspiracy that McGovern did support impeaching Nixon, seemingly contrary to this statement:

"After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign."

Adler is technically correct, but McGovern's support for Nixon's impeachment didn't come until October 1973--nearly a year after the election. Accusing McGovern of being "misleading, if not worse" seems rather excessive.

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