Would a failed impeachment attempt help or hurt in restoring democracy and the rule of law to America?
I am not so deluded to think that the partisan Senate would actually remove Bush and Cheney from office. Would the failure to do so be seen as a vindication by those on the right? Would the failure to even bring the matter up be seen as a bigger failure by the left?
Yes to both questions.
How much time will be wasted in investigating charges, or creating articles of impeachment that could never get a two thirds majority in the Senate?
Considering how little power Democrats now have and the slim chances of getting progressive legislation through a divided Senate and over a Presidential veto, I don't think it would be a waste of time.
I am of the opinion that if can be assured of a simple majority of the Senate it would be worth impeaching Bush and Cheney. Are we there yet?
Can we get some simple to understand and easy to illustrate violations worthy of impeachment to the House and Senate floors for debate?
Probably - go for it.