PROSA, you can stand by what you say all you want-there is a set formality on any of this stuff, and it wouldn't happen "in a few days", no matter how outraged the country is. The Congress won't throw out it's protocol just because people are pissed.
And Lieberman wouldn't have been tossed-on what charge? LOL-he's only the VP. He would have succeeded Gore in what is, to begin with, a far-fetched scenario as you presented, because I don't think Gore would have been inactive. I sense you're looking for a scenario to sneak a Republican into
the White House-trying to steal away another election lost, perhaps, eh?
Either way 1. Gore wouldn't have followed such a course of inaction, I'm convinced-not with such a catastrophic attack, the opinions of the far-right on here notwithstanding and 2. Your scenarios that were put forth are, still, ludicrous in the extreme.
Your comment about a "catastrophic attack" is what really counts. September 11th changed everything. Things like Congressional protocol and even the rule of constitutional law would have gone right out the window if Gore had wimped out and refused to commit to military action. We're not talking about an "ordinary" political crisis, in which everyone agrees that the usual procedures still apply regardless of their other disagreements, but rather a complete paradigm shift, to use a somewhat trite expression, which divided everyone's life into before-and-after phases. Nothing remotely comparable has ever happened in the lives of any living Americans. Under the circumstances, there had to be a military response, the people would settle for nothing less, and any President who defied this overwhelming public demand would pay with his job.
By the way, lest there be any misunderstanding, I do not believe that Gore would have ruled out military force. If anything, he would have responded even more strongly than Bush did, as he would have had more to prove (that Democrats aren't sissies). My impeachment speculation is entirely hypothetical.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"