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Impeachment Update


A few years ago, the more progressive elements in the Blogosphere were
pressing for impeachment of the President.  They were upset
that the traditional media were not going along.  

Prior to the 2004 election, when you could not turn your head without
seeing another poll result, major news and polling organizations
refused to even ask about the impeament question, saying it was not
part of the national political debate.  In other words, nobody
even took seriously the possibility that the President could be
impeached.

Eventually, a group called href="http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/AfterDowningStreet.org">AfterDowningStreet.org
took up a collection and href="http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=2871">comissioned
a poll.  The poll showed that, by a margin of 50% to
44%, Americans wanted Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if
he lied about the war in Iraq.  That is not quite a majority,
and a single poll does not necessarily tell you much.  But it
did show that the issue was not a trivial one.  Even then, the
traditional media ignored the issue.

Things are changing.  Perhaps not fast enough, but they are
changing.  I noticed this article on the CBS News website:

face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif">Impeachment
Threat Is Real

The Nation: Growing Scandals And Abuses Force Impeachment Into
Discussion
March 27, 2007


face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif">[(The Nation) This
column was written by John Nichols.]

Former Republican
Congressman Joe Scarborough had me on his MSNBC show Monday night to
talk about impeachment.

It was smart, civil discussion that treated the prospect of impeaching
the president as a serious matter.

Scarborough took the lead in suggesting that Bush’s biggest problem
might be that Republicans in the House and Senate who —
fearful of the threat Bush poses to their political survival
— do not appear to be rallying ’round the president. The
host’s sentiments were echoed by two other guests, columnist Mike
Barnicle and Salon’s Joan Walsh.

The impetus for the show was Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s ongoing
discussion of the impeachment prospect — Hagel’s not quite a
supporter of sanctioning Bush, more a speculator about the prospect
— and a new column by Robert Novak that suggests Bush has
dwindling support within the congressional wing of the GOP…


The article was href="http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?pid=179501">published
originally
in The Nation,
which clearly is a left-leaning (ok, fairly hard left) publication.
 But the point is that it was put up on the CBS site.
 Furthermore, the article discusses the fact that the subject
was discussed, seriously, on an MSNBC talk show, hosted by a former
Republican congressman.  Later in the article, it is pointed
out that the same subject now has been discussed on ABC and CNN.
 

In other words, most respectable large broadcast news organizations no
longer view it as a taboo subject.  Somene should tell href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/11/AR2006051101950.html">Nancy
Pelosi to get a clue.

Comments

  1. #1 stumpy
    March 29, 2007

    Be careful what you wish for. Leaving aside the merits of impeachment, the likely practical effect would be to divert attention away from this administration’s crimes and misdemeanors, and direct the public focus to the circus of impeachment itself. There would probably be a backlash among the ignorant beer-swilling public, and the current “Liberal moment” would be nipped in the bud.

  2. #2 Jim Gitzlaff
    March 29, 2007

    People need to contact their Representative and Senator if they want Congress to take action. Given the multiplier effect, where congress(wo)men take each comment as representative of X people who feel the same but chose to remain silent, each letter or email has a disproportionate effect.

    I recently sent emails on the subject of initiating impeachment investigations to my (Republican) House Representative and my (Democratic) Senator. Unsurprisingly, I heard nothing back from the Republican Representative’s staff, but I did receive a topical reply from my Senator.

  3. #3 Jonathan Vos Post
    March 31, 2007

    (1) I don’t like Bush;
    (2) Nor did my father, a 2nd generation Wall Street Conservative Republican;
    (3) But impeachment would be a blunder.

    At a crucial moment, Bush will reveal that our forces actually killed Bin Laden (maybe even in the Tora Bora bombing), have the DNA analysis of the body to prove it, and suddenly his support will shoot part of the way up.

    Remember the “dead or alive” speech? That was foreshadowing…

    You heard it here first…

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