Impeachment - the time has come
“[President Bush] presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law, [and if he] maintains this disregard or contempt for the coordinate branches of government, it’s that conception of an omnipotent presidency that makes the occupant a dangerous person.”
- Bruce Fein, former associate deputy attorney general under Reagan writing in The Washington Times, quoted by Lewis Lapham in Harper’s Magazine, March 2006.
“I think that if we’re going to be intellectually honest here, this really is the kind of thing that Alexander Hamilton was referring to when impeachment was discussed.”
- Norman Ornstein, scholar at the (conservative) American Enterprise Institute, quoted by Lewis Lapham in Harper’s Magazine, March 2006.
“The work of protecting the country’s freedoms [..]. should be placed [...] with the Republican members of Congress [...] It is the business of Congress [...] to cauterize the wound and stem the flows of money, stupidity, and blood.” - Lewis Lapham in Harper’s Magazine, March 2006.
Bob Fertik’s blog has assembled the numbers:
The Zogby International poll interviewed 1,216 U.S. adults from January 9-12, 2006, and found that when presented with: “If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?”
• 52% overall agreed.
• “66% of Democrats favored impeachment, as did 59% of Independents, and even 23% of Republicans. Impeachment was supported by Progressives (90%), Libertarians (71%), Liberals (65%), and Moderates (58%), but not by Conservatives (33%) or Very Conservatives (28%).”
• “Majorities favored impeachment in every region: the East (54%), South (53%) and West (52%), and Central states (50%). In large cities, 56% support impeachment; in small cities, 58%; in suburbs, 46%; in rural areas, 46%.”
“In August and September of 1998, 16 major polls asked about impeaching President Clinton. 36% supported hearings to consider Clinton’s impeachment, and only 26% supported actual impeachment and removal.”
To put this in perspective, also consider Bush’s current numbers (from a CBS poll done Feb. 27, 2006):