Because it appears to be dead.
For his part, Republican Kennedy will make national security a dominant issue.
“How you win the war on terror is going to be one of the top issues” in this race, Kennedy said. “Clearly there have been mistakes made in the war on terror. And there have been corrections made. But the real question is: what is your focus? Is your focus just impeaching the president and having partisan investigations? Or is your focus on how to win the war on terror, how do we keep America safe?”
Yes, by all means! If the American people want a Congress that keeps its eye on the ball and doesn't get distracted by ridiculous partisan investigations and unwarranted impeachments, elect Republicans! That's a great election theme for the Gee Oh Pee!
It's enough to make you fall off your chair laughing. Let's review.
Bill Clinton August 20, 1998:
Our target was terror. Our mission was clear -- to strike at the network of radical groups affiliated with and funded by Osama bin Laden, perhaps the preeminent organizer and financier of international terrorism in the world today…
My fellow Americans, our battle against terrorism did not begin with the bombing of our embassies in Africa, nor will it end with today's strike…
We must be prepared to do all that we can for as long as we must. America is and will remain a target of terrorists precisely because we are leaders; because we act to advance peace, democracy and basic human values; because we're the most open society on earth; and because, as we have shown yet again, we take an uncompromising stand against terrorism.
Republican House of Representatives, December 19, 1998:
Tom DeLay, the House majority whip, took time out yesterday from his relentless campaign to impeach President Clinton to field a call from an angry Massachusetts voter.
"This is Tom DeLay himself," he told the caller, who had demanded that Congress call a halt to impeachment and get back to more important business. "And we are doing . . . what we're supposed to do. But we will impeach this president."
Aside from impeaching the president, what was it that the Gee Oh Pee thought it was supposed to do? June 25, 1998:
As of today, House Republicans have spent more than $17 million in taxpayer dollars on politically-motivated investigations. There have been more than 50 politically-motivated investigations in the House, 38 of which are still ongoing. These investigations have involved 15 of the 20 House standing committees. Currently, 13 committees are involved in investigations. Of all the completed investigations, none have turned up evidence of wrongdoing.
Perhaps even more important, a clear pattern of abuse has emerged. The House Republican leadership has called on and, when necessary, prodded its committees to devote their resources to harass political enemies. In the process, Republicans have: undermined the credibility of the oversight function of Congress; issued overly broad and excessive subpoenas; and targeted innocent private individuals with whom they have political disagreements, and as a result, have harmed those people's businesses, humiliated them personally and professionally, and forced them to bear extraordinary travel and legal costs to try to defend their reputations.
And remember that circus, when the Gee Oh Pee hijacked the entire investigative, legislative and oversite power of the Congress for years, was before September 11th.
When it might have actually done some good.