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Right Wing Pollster Asks Impeachment Question (Combining Bush and Cheney in Same Question to Achieve Lowest Possible Support)


Bush-Cheney Impeachment Might Be Idle Talk, But Numbers Show True Trouble
By Matt Towery, Town Hall

Anti-war Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania is prominent among some Democrats in his use of the "I" word -- impeachment -- about President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Murtha made his comments on CBS's "Face the Nation" and elsewhere.

Few serious observers think things will ever get to actual impeachment. And yet the American public seems more open to the concept than many imagine, according to a new national poll. The implications of this public sentiment could be huge for the 2008 presidential elections.

Our InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion poll asked this:

"Would you favor or oppose the impeachment by Congress of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?"

Favor: 39 percent.

Oppose: 55 percent.

Undecided/Don't Know: 6 percent.

The survey of 621 registered voters has been weighted for age, race, gender and political affiliation. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

About four out of 10 Americans favor impeaching the president and vice president. But the biggest news from this survey is not the overall results, but the opinions of independent voters, who usually decide presidential elections.

Forty-two percent of independents want Bush and Cheney impeached. These aren't just voters who disapprove of the White House. Instead, they're for initiating a process that could remove them from office.

To help put these startling numbers into perspective, I turned to the man most identified with the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the 1990s, former Congressman Bob Barr.

Recall that Barr initiated the Clinton impeachment process by filing what's called an "Inquiry of Impeachment." That's a resolution that precedes an actual "Bill of Impeachment." In the case of Clinton, it was filed long before anybody had heard of Monica Lewinsky.

Analyzing the InsiderAdvantage polling numbers, Barr said, "This indicates the surprising depth of dissatisfaction with Bush.

"I'm not sure we -- [the leaders behind Clinton's impeachment] -- ever really had hard polling numbers in favor of impeachment that were this high when we were in the midst of the process. Perhaps, but I don't recall it."

Those few in the Democrat-controlled House who are advocating impeachment are on the fringe of political thought -- at least for now. That's probably justifiable. Their reasons for impeachment look specious.

Yet one can't help but recall that Barr sounded like a lone voice in the wilderness when he first targeted Clinton. And one of his "charges" against President Clinton was the catchall accusation of "violation of oath of office."

It's not beyond consideration that what now seems silly political grandstanding could get much more serious, especially if the Iraq war continues to go badly, current scandals surrounding the attorney general or White House political adviser Karl Rove get worse, or new White House scandals emerge.

Be all that as it may, the main significance of this public opinion survey isn't its potential predictive value regarding the careers of Bush and Cheney. Rather, the poll tells us that the Republican team readying to assume the party's mantle when the presidential campaign kicks off in earnest in the summer of 2008 might be facing insurmountable odds.

Independent voters are the critical demographic in key swing states such as Florida and Ohio. We track this segment of voters carefully throughout presidential contests, and we know it well. Having no true party alliance, independents can drift into either side's camp and thereby elect the president.

The fact that such a large percentage of these voters are willing to support something as drastic as the impeachment of the president and vice president tells me that the depth of the irritation with the president over his handling of the war, and over his political tin ear when (not) listening to the public's rising discontent, is becoming a powerful political force in itself.

Having been close to former Speaker Newt Gingrich when his Republican-majority House of Representatives pushed for the impeachment of a president, I can vouch that pursuit of impeachment can be tricky enough to backfire on those who initiate it.

That's why I don't expect current Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California to allow the nascent impeachment movement to grow much larger.

Nevertheless, the astounding public sentiment expressed in this poll illustrates just how far Bush and Cheney may have set their party back.

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.

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May 8, 2007 -- Cheney on DC Madam's list. Yesterday, WMR reported on the DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey's list: "WMR has been informed that the CEO of a major corporation is a former CEO but, nonetheless, the aforementioned extremely high-level official of the Bush administration. The individual, who is definitely "newsworthy," reportedly engaged the services of Palfrey's escort firm while he was the CEO and maintained a residence off Chain Bridge Road in the Ballantrae neighborhood in McLean, Virginia, a few blocks from the headquarters of the CIA."

Cheney "X'd" off the DC Madam's list by ABC/Disney.

WMR has confirmed with extremely knowledgeable CIA and Pentagon sources that the former CEO who is on Deborah Jeane Palfrey's list is Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was CEO of Halliburton during the time of his liaisons with the Pamela Martin & Associates escort firm. Palfrey's phone invoices extend back to 1996 and include calls to and from Cheney. Ironically, in 2000 Cheney was appointed by Bush to head his Vice President selection committee, a task that enabled Cheney to gather detailed personal files on a number of potential candidates, including Bill Frist, George Pataki, John Danforth, Fred Thompson, Chuck Hagel, John Kasich, Chris Cox, Frank Keating, Tom Ridge, Colin Powell, and Jim Gilmore, before he selected himself as the vice presidential candidate.

The White House saw to it that ABC/Disney killed the DC Madam's story before yet another scandal swamped the Bush administration. Cheney is departing Washington today for a trip to the Middle East, where he will visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the USS John C. Stennis in the Gulf.

> ... especially if the Iraq war continues
> to go badly, current scandals surrounding
> the attorney general or White House
> political adviser Karl Rove get worse,
> or new White House scandals emerge.

All of which are guarantees, written in stone. Come on; it's a given. Who are we fooling, by making this any sort of a conditional "if"?

If current Democratic so-called leaders prove themselves to merely be reluctant followers to true leaders like those in Congress currently pushing hard for impeachment, it won't only be the GOP that loses voters via changes in party, to Independent Status. We're disgusted with Republicans more; but we're pretty darned upset with "talk always; do nothing" Democrats, too!

There's no point in being a Democrat, if the only difference is the label itself. The Rule of Law should mean more than the future election results of career politicians. This shouldn't have to keep coming up and up and up, every half-a-generation or so. WaterGate. Iran-Contra. And now a wholesale attack on the Constitution; and on all of us ... the "We The People" that the Constitution talks about.

Impeach now! Imprison those who so richly deserve it for being traitors to the Constitution! Or retire in shame, since you will have failed the "Lead, Follow, or get out of the way" test!

-Whistler-

Find out what your congressmen thinks about the grounds for impeachment and the duty of oversight. Download a copy of the Impeachment Poll, address it to your representative, print it out and mail it. Please let me know when you send it off (rahamblin@comcast.net).

Impeachment Poll

I have come to believe that most members of congress regard the issue of impeachment as a purely political one. Whether they believe impeachment is justified or not, most legislators end their analysis at their belief that it would not be politically possible, desirable or astute to hold impeachment hearings for either President Bush or Vice President Cheney. The following questions are designed to capture information on whether my representatives believe the Bush administration has committed impeachable offenses and, if so, to better understand the roadblocks to impeachment.

Do you believe there is credible evidence to support the claim that this administration made the decision to go to war against Iraq prior to July 2002?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that this administration has taken any action to mislead congress and/or the American people in regards to its reasons for invading Iraq?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe there is credible evidence to support the claim that any member of the Bush administration knowingly gave false information to any media outlet in an effort to garner support for the war in Iraq?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe there is credible evidence to support the claim that any member of the Bush administration took steps to intimidate Joseph Wilson or any other person from providing true and accurate information that contradicted the claims by this administration that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe there is credible evidence to support the claim that any member of the Bush administration took steps to influence intelligence agencies or officers in order to garner support for the war in Iraq?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe this administration has taken any unlawful actions?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe any actions of this administration have been in violation of well-established constitutional principles?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that congress has a duty to oversee the executive branch?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that each branch of government is obligated to perform the responsibilities set forth for it in the Constitution?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that democracy for our country is put at risk if any branch of government abrogates its constitutionally prescribed roll?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that Iraq posed a real and present threat to the United States in March 2003?

Yes No Unsure

If you believe that Iraq posed a real and present threat to the United States in March 2003, is it your belief that Iraq was planning to attack this country?

Yes No Unsure

Do you think George W. Bush broke the law when he authorized government agencies to use electronic surveillance to monitor American citizens without a court warrant?

Yes No Unsure

Do you think George W. Bush’s signing statements infringe upon Congress’s legislative authority?

Yes No Unsure

Do you think George W. Bush’s signing states have any force of law?

Yes No Unsure

Do you think the laws of the United States prohibit torture?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that congress has a duty to initiate impeachment proceedings if there is credible evidence that this administration has lied to the American people in order to gain support for invading Iraq?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that congress has a duty to initiate impeachment proceedings if there is credible evidence that this administration has violated United States law by authorizing torture?

Yes No Unsure

Do you believe that congress has a duty to initiate impeachment proceedings if there is credible evidence that this administration has broken the law by authorizing the use of electronic surveillance without a court warrant?

Yes No Unsure

Do you agree with the following statement: congress should exercise its impeachment powers only if it is politically expedient regardless of the underlying crime justifying impeachment hearings?

Yes No Unsure

Please circle your answers on this letter and send a copy to me and a copy to Field of Dreams, 282 Linwood Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts 02460.

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