Watergate II : the public is being prepared


Richard Moore


Clinton, Bush and the Polls
Impeachment, Now and Then


Here's a fascinating bit of news: More people today want to
see President Bush impeached than wanted Clinton impeached on
the eve of the House's vote on his impeachment.

According to a poll by the Zogby organization, just released
by the group Afterdowningstreet.org, 50 percent of the
American public now would like to see the House impeach Bush
if it were found that he had lied about the reasons for going
to war in Iraq (if?).

Compare that to December 17, 1998, only days before Clinton's
impeachment by the House of Representatives, when an AP poll
found that only 36 percent of the American public wanted to
see the president impeached.

Clearly Americans view the flawed invasion of Iraq and other
actions by the Bush administration, like the placing of
business cronies in high places, the bankrupting of the
federal government, and the failure to come to the rescue of
an American city as far more serious than Clinton's sex romp
and the lying about it that followed. And there's plenty more
bad news to come for Bush, beginning with likely indictments
in the Plame outing affair.

So, is the campaign by After Downing Street and other
organizations to seek Bush's impeachment just tilting at
windmills? It certainly isn't likely to happen with the
current Republican domination of the House, but if public
anger against Bush continues to grow, that could all change in
November 2006, when all House seats are up for reelection.

The latest poll suggests we may have an entertaining 2006 and

Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation
into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of
CounterPunch columns titled "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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