“There’s really, what, a handful of you who are really interested in this,” Smith added.
But Kucinich said his impeachment resolution had little to do with the lack of support he was receiving from fellow Democrats.
“Harry, you have to remember there are millions of Americans who are part of a national movement to defend the constitution,” said Kucinich. “And they understand that the vice president made a false claim for war and is trying to beat the drums for a war against Iran and they’re calling for action to be done.”
Impeachment, said Kucinich, was a move on his part safeguard the Constitution.
“It’s really abut the American people and their insistence that their government not be lost,” he continued. “People are worried that we’re losing democracy, and they’re demanding that the Constitution be protected. And that’s exactly what yesterday was about.”
Smith later asked the congressman if the impeachment resolution was all part of a publicity stunt in aid of his presidential campaign.
“The nay-sayers, though,” said Smith, “would say ‘Dennis Kucinich this is a way to get your name on — at least on page six of the newspaper and a failing bid to win the Democratic nomination for president.'”
Not so, said Kucinich:
“We have men and women with their lives on the line in Iraq, a war based on lies,” said the former Cleveland mayor. “Over 3,800 soldiers have died, over a million innocent Iraqis have died in this war. This is about our moral caliber here as to whether or not Washington can see the truth.”
“Let me tell you something,” concluded Kucinich. “In Washington, the truth is an unidentified flying object. And it’s time that someone stood for the truth. The American people demand nothing less.”
That was freaking brilliant. It takes the whole “he’s a crazy guy who sees things that aren’t real” and spins it as “in Washington, speaking the simple truth gets you branded as crazy” — which is dead accurate.