Well, no, he didn’t, despite what Dan Riehl and Mark Levin say about the matter. What happened was that Dennis Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush, and a number of Republicans decided to embarrass Democrats by having a full floor vote, in order to force a debate about the issue, and force Democrats to either disavow the crazy by coming out against impeachment, or to embrace the crazy, and thus make Republicans appear more sensible.
Castle was one of the Republicans who voted to refer to committee, so that the bill would be killed. The worst that can be said about him is that he did not endeavor to have a floor debate, and let Democrats get embarrassed by the fact that one of their own introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush. But there is no way that this can be called a Castle vote in favor of impeachment; the roll call has the question titled as being “On Motion to Refer.” Either Riehl and Levin don’t understand House parliamentary procedure, or they are making stuff up in order to make Castle look bad right before the Republican primary in Delaware (which is today).
In any event, Riehl and Levin ought to be embarrassed, and ought to apologize for getting the story wrong. And one hopes that it was just an honest mistake; I hate to think that they decided to make stuff up to help out an inferior candidate.
UPDATE: Yeah, I feel comfortable being on Patterico’s side about this.
Now that we’ve heard the audio, it appears Mark Levin made a more accurate claim which, if interpreting the context slightly incorrectly, did not bluntly claim “Castle voted for impeachment.” Any mistake here was in assuming that Dan Riehl, who claimed “Yes, Castle Voted to Impeach Bush,” had accurately described Levin’s views.
In the future, we will avoid this error by assuming that everything Riehl says is the rantings of an idiot, and probably false, which we really ought to have assumed from the beginning.