First, the humorous quote (this was from the run-up to the 2008 election that put Joe a heartbeat from the Presidency):
PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without first gaining congressional approval.Biden spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 100 at a candidate forum held Thursday at Seacoast Media Group. The forum focused on the Iraq war and foreign policy. When an audience member expressed fear of a war with Iran, Biden said he does not typically engage in threats, but had no qualms about issuing a direct warning to the Oval Office."The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach," said Biden, whose words were followed by a raucous applause from the local audience.
I'm not sure of the difference between Libya and Iran, except that one had just been taken off the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, never mind Syria.
The part that makes me go all facepalm-y is that last sentence. This moron had (at that time) spent the preceding 34 years in the Senate. I mean, he was elected right at the beginnings of Watergate, orated relentlessly during Clinton's Impeachment and trial (where he served as a fucking JUROR) and has to be presumed to know how the system works.
And he still says stupid shit like this. Anyone who was paying attention in 5th grade Social Studies KNOWS that Impeachment MUST begin in the House. Must. Article I, Sec. 2:
and in Article I, Sec. 3:
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Can we start the proceedings for involuntary commitment now, as posing a danger to himself and others? Or are we going to have to wait until he steps up to the window of his bedroom and fires off a few shotgun blasts into central DC?