Watergate II : A Majority Now Favors Impeachment


Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 19:08:03 -0600
From: "John P. Stoltenberg, P.E." <•••@••.•••>
Subject: The specter of fascism.  (No. 4 of 4 transmissions)

The article below was sent to me by a friend.
I think the specter of fascism is contributing mightily to
the growing movement to impeach both Bush and Cheney.
John P. Stoltenberg, P.E.
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The public wants the King's head!

If He Lied, He Must be Tried

A Majority Now Favors Impeachment


Impeachment of the president has gone mainstream.

An astonishing 53 percent of Americans in a new poll
released today by Zogby International now support
impeachment of President George W. Bush if it can be shown
that he lied to get the US into a war with Iraq.

Equally stunning, the poll, which was commissioned by the
organization After Downing Street, shows that even among
so-called independents, support for impeachment is 50
percent, and among Republicans, it has reached 29 percent
or more than one in four.

The poll, which surveyed 1200 people across the country
during the Oct. 29-November 2 period, shows a marked rise
in support for impeachment in recent months.

In late June, Zogby, a non-partisan survey organization,
polled using the same question, and found 42 percent of
the public in favor of impeachment of the president.

Less than a month ago, Ipsos Public Affairs also polled on
impeachment and found 50 percent in favor.

John Zogby confesses to having been "surprised" at the
latest result, calling the 19 percent shift in favor of
impeachment over four months' time "remarkable" and "much
higher than I expected."

The numbers have to be worrisome to an increasingly
embattled White House. After all, it suggests that a
higher proportion of the American public now favors
impeachment than voted for him, even using the official
vote totals from the scandal-plagued 2004 election.

The numbers will give new urgency and energy to several
grass-roots organizations, including Democrats.com,
Democracy Rising, and Not In Our Name, which are all
pressing for impeachment to be an issue in the 2006
congressional campaign.

In fact, Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, in
announcing the latest Zogby results, also announced
formation of an impeachment campaign fund, Impeach PAC,
which he said hopes will quickly raise $100,000 via the
Internet to be parceled out to those congressional
candidates who promise to support an immediate
simultaneous impeachment of President Bush and vice
President Dick Cheney for lying in the runup to the Iraq

The latest Zogby poll shows support for impeachment being
the majority position in all parts of the US except for
the South and in all age groups except for those 65 and
older, only 42 percent of whom supported having Congress
oust the president.

Clearly, the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the
mounting US death toll in Iraq which has now passed the
2000 mark, and a string of corruption scandals and poor
decisions (notably the Katrina response) has Americans
ready to contemplate forcibly ousting the president from
office before his term is up.

So far, not one Democratic member of Congress has
announced plans to enter a bill of impeachment in the

Dave Lindorff is the author of
counterpunchmaga>Killing Time: an Investigation into the
Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of
CounterPunch columns titled
counterpunchmaga>This Can't be Happening!" is published by
Common Courage Press. Information about both books and
other work by Lindorff can be found at

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