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June 12th, 2008
03:00 PM ET

Why won’t Congress consider impeaching Pres. Bush?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The House of Representatives has voted to send an impeachment resolution against President Bush to committee – where it's likely to die.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the 35 articles of impeachment this week. Most of the resolution focuses on the Iraq war but also charges the president with illegally detaining both U.S. citizens and foreign captives, condoning torture and mishandling the response to Hurricane Katrina.

But Congress doesn't want to hear it. They voted largely along party lines – 255 to 166 – to send the resolution to the House Judiciary Committee. This is exactly what happened to Kucinich's impeachment articles against Vice President Cheney last year. Congress sent that resolution to this same committee in November. So far, no action has been taken. Congress continues to refuse to exercise its constitutional responsibility of oversight of the executive branch of government.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi long ago made it known that impeachment is "off the table." This is a joke. We have a president who has abused the power of his office over and over again. It's what got the Democrats elected to the majority in Congress in 2006. Now it's election time again, and every member of the House is up for re-election in November. The Democrats are probably worried what it will look like to many voters if they spend time on impeachment.

Which is why Republicans voted yesterday to bring Kucinich's resolution up for debate immediately – to make the Democrats look silly for focusing on this instead of gas prices, the economy, etc.

Here’s my question to you:What does it mean when Congress refuses to even consider 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Bruce from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
If this happened in a family, Ms. Pelosi would be called an enabler and sent to family counseling. This has been the greatest abuse of power since Reagan didn't sell weapons to Iran, give money to the Contras, or remember anything about it. To ignore it for political expediency only makes Congress an accomplice. It sends a message that abuse of privilege and government corruption are just business as usual. We deserve better.

Allison from San Diego writes:
I wouldn't mind seeing the Democrats debating impeachment and it wouldn't seem like a waste of time to me, even at this late date. Seems to me it would be better to make a statement that we will not allow another inept president to run this country and our Constitution into the ground.

B. writes:
Congress abrogated its constitutional role as the third branch of government shortly after 9/11 by giving Bush a free pass and refusing to act as a proper check and balance to the power of the presidency. The Democrats had a chance to put Congress back in play when they gained a majority but they let the opportunity slip away. Impeachment would expose Congress’ voluntary impotence and shortcomings at a time when they are focused on winning the upcoming election.

Cindy writes:
Because Bush is a lame duck anyway. The damage is done, spending time discussing things in the past takes away time spent on the future… I think history will not look kindly on the Bush administration. The almost-impeachment of Nixon is remembered more than the actual impeachment of Clinton. Basically, Bush is already sunk in history, with or without actual impeachment.

Robert writes:
Jack, As long as Bush is in office, the Democrats have the presidential election locked up. It's kind of sad really. But it's the political reality.

James from Florida writes:
Dear Jack, Please don’t let McCain veto our beers.


Filed under: Congress • President George Bush
soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    They're conserving their energy for arresting Bush for war crimes. It's either that or Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are ineffective leaders.....

    June 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    That's exactly what the voters are asking too. What gives Pelosi the right to decide to take it off the table when that's why we voted in the Democrats in the first place. Now it's time to vote all of them out the next time and vote in people who have not had time to get swayed by the $$ and do what the voters want. (Wouldn't that be a switch!)

    June 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Elizabeth from suburb west of Chicago

    The Democrats cannot do this in an election year. It will fire up all the Republicans to vote for McCain. They should have done this two years ago. Hopefully they can just keep digging up how the White House totally misrepresents everything they get their hands on.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  4. JAY

    It probably means Fox new and Rush limbaugh are doing a pretty good job of confusing everyone and everything.

    J

    June 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Jayne in NH

    This is a no brainer. It's an election year and Democrats are worried it will scare off the Republicans now poised to vote for them and Republicans are afraid they'll lose what few votes they have left. In any case, the failure to impeach will be a stain on this nation's history. Maybe it would have been different if there was a blue dress involved.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Carol c.

    Too little, too late. This should have been done when it became clear we were lied to. But there was no way the republicans would let this happen and enough weak democrats to side with them.

    It is a shame that we can impeach a president over a sexual lie and this president has the blood of millions on his hands and we stand by and let it happen.

    I take comfort in the old adage "what goes around comes around" and Bush and Cheney will have to answer to a higher authority than the American people!

    Carol
    Knoxvile, TN

    June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Terry in Hanover County

    It means it's time to impeach Pelosi or throw all incumbents out of office in November.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  8. James from New Orleans

    Jack..... The congress won't think of impeaching the Mr Know-All because they all have something to cover up.... the Gops or Dems.....They're birds of the same feathers,...

    June 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  9. Mike Raleigh NC

    Simple. It merely means that, to congress, re-election is more important than justice.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  10. Martha Lynne -- Los Angeles, CA

    I wish I had a clue, Jack, but I'm not savvy enough to understand the shenanigans that constitute good government, er, politics in Washington, DC. Apparently only our elected officials are that savvy.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  11. Kimberly, St. Petersburg

    Because they are more worried about winning back the White House.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  12. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    It means Pelosi and Reid are too afraid to punish the 21st century first war criminal in fear of losing their jobs. If Congress refuses, the world won't hesitate to go after him since both Bush and Cheney did violate international law. Just wait until November Jack, we see some real fireworks around that time when Pelosi and Reid will be kicked out off office.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  13. Andrew, Brier WA

    As gratifying at Impeachment would be, it would do little to help America. Bush and Cheney are irrelevent lame ducks at this point.

    Congress and the American people should focus their energies on cleaning up the huge pile of manure that the Bush Administration is leaving behind.

    Once that is well under way, there should be a major effort to curtail the power of the Executive Branch. Under the last four presidents, it has become a bloated cancer on the United States.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  14. WW (TX)

    It means that there are too many people in both the House and Senate that are failing to be true to the oath they took to uphold and support the constitution. Every one that help block sending the impeachment resolution to the committee should be voted out-of-office at the first chance.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Lynn - Portland, OR

    It means it's time to elect leaders who are going to stand up for their constituencies wants/needs/beliefs. Gas pices and new energy sources need to be addressed, yes. But a Bush/Cheney impeachment should have been taken into consideration long ago. Clinton was impeached for far less atrocious acts.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  16. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    There are not enough Dems in the Senate or House to impeach Bush and remove him from office. The voters did not do a good job of voting in as many Dems in the last two elections (2004 and 2006).

    June 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Duhhh... It is because the Dems do NOT have the 67 votes in the Senate for conviction and removal from office!! Check the Constitution. Impeachment is NOT the same as removal – it's like an indictment, the defendant always can be acquitted (like Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton). The Senate must try the impeachee, if they do not get 67 votes, the president stays in office. Even after all Bush and Cheney have done, I doubt they would get 20 votes against them.

    In this case, Bush would celebrate such a failure to convict as affirmation of the "justness" of his regime. Do we really want that??????

    June 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  18. RLouden, Seattle, Wa

    Patience Jack. After November you will have your results...

    June 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  19. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    It means they're running out the clock. Sure these proceedings ought to at least be debate, but they can't risk having some of the dirt stick to them for their complicity these past 7.5 years.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  20. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    Because it would mean Cheney as President! Yikes! Unless you do a double impeach because Bush and Cheney like to do things together. Than Pelosi would become President. Maybe she is too afraid of that!

    June 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, maybe because he hasn't committed an impeachable offense, and Congress knows that. You can't go around impeaching Presidents just because you don't agree with his policies. Aren't you supposed to be impartial as a jounalist?

    June 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  22. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    It means too many of them are complicit with the crimes committed by your administration and an impeachment would shine the light on all of them just not the known culprits.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  23. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    Probably just another one of washingtons back room deals. Congress and this administration are so out of touch and arrogant, they think no one will catch on until it's too late. This is one of the best questions you've asked in a long time. Can't wait to read the rest of the responses.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  24. Clive G. in Ontario, Canada.

    What it means is "business as usual" for this do-nothing Congress.
    They're more intent on wasting the nation's money, blathering about inconsequential nonsense, navel gazing and planning their next vacations, than tackling any of the tough issues.

    George W. Bush might be very worthy of impeachment, but he's safe with this bunch of knotheads minding the shop.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  25. Rochelle (Fayeteville, NC)

    It suggests that Little Bush has either done nothing to be impeached or that the Congress will do nothing to stop the most dimwitted president in American history from continuing to run amuck and assisting the United States loosing respect throughout the world.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  26. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    Jack
    The reason congress will not consider the 35 article of empeachment is it probably violates the American Disabilities Act

    June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  27. Wendy. San Rafael, CA

    The Democrats never had the courage to confront Bush and impeach him for obvious crimes. The Republicans never thought twice about impeaching Clinton for an affair during which NO-ONE DIED!!

    Nancy Pelosi had no right to "take impeachment off the table". Impeachment is a tool in the constitution to allow THE PEOPLE, not Nancy Pelosi, to try a sitting president for high crimes and misdemeanors and lets' face it, there have been plenty. Over 4,000 US soldiers dead, thousands injured and hundreds of thousands Iraqis dead in a war based on lies. If that doesn't deserve impeachment, what does?

    I am just hoping that charges are brought against this bunch of criminals after they leave office but as a Democrat, I am ashamed of my Party, except of course, Dennis Kucinich!

    June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  28. don dean

    For the same reason they let Reagan slide for the Iran-Contra supposely to late in the term.COWARDS ALL except one Dennis K.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  29. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Bush has better attorneys to keep his butt out of trouble unlike Clinton.

    June 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  30. ROD FROM, CHICAGO, IL

    Bush won’t get impeach simply because the war is still in progress and it will make American look really bad around the World if it happen right now.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  31. Alice

    Previously, due to political cowardice.

    Currently, because its not worth the time and effort. He's history in November.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  32. Bob New Lenox

    Jack,

    Bush is the perfect poster child to not vote Republican. Why get rid of him when he can be used over and over again to the benefit of the Democrats. Every time he opens his trap is a free sound byte for the Dems.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  33. Ron Borzini

    Here is the reality:

    There just isn't enough time...this would drag out past Inauguration Day. Plus, there are not enough Democrats in the Senate to convict. The GOP would win.
    We just have to wait until January.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  34. indianapolis

    DEmocrats don't have the votes, Jack. G-dub deserves it more than any prez since nixon, but the votes aren't there.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  35. mitch martin arkansaw

    it means bush is safe in the white house until jan. jack?did you know they wont allow pitchforks on the grounds of the white house?take my word for it -DONT TRY IT!

    June 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  36. Ben, MD

    Cause the bottom line is they all are paid by the same lobbyists, corporations, businesses, etc. They're their money slaves.

    Bush should not be impeached, he should be convicted for crime against humanity.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  37. Christi Belcourt, Sudbury, Ontario

    It means there needs to be change in Washington!

    June 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  38. Amy

    Hey Mike from Syracuse – Did you even bother to read the 35 – 35!!! – articles of impeachment that were presented? I'm sure not. The typical "rightie" way is to deny the truth while refusing to even look at the evidence. A huge part of what is so wrong with this country today.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  39. A Bob White

    Jack,
    What it means is that we must have the kind of change in Washington D.C. that is the center-piece of Obama's campaign. If we cannot elect Obama and support such change, the USA is destined to continue with the huge problems in D.C. Anybody watching already knows that the impeachment action has merit but we also already know it will die in committee.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  40. mitch martin arkansaw

    it means they are mobilizing heavy equipment to remove the bs ,from the white house,in january.then we can start rebuilding ......

    June 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  41. karen from philly

    Because good people are sometimes the dumbest of all. Let me remind everyone what happened under the Bush Tyranny:

    1.) Wiretapping
    2.) illegal firing of lawyers who work for the attorney general's office (non-bushies)
    3.) letting people fend for themselves after the levies broke
    4.) Not acting quick enough to lessen the damage of Katrina
    5.) Not promoting the GI Bill that gives educational benefits to our war veterans
    6.) Valerie Plame incident, CIA leak case with Scooter Libby
    7.) Shooting a buddy in the face while hunting
    8.) Ties to Enron, Alberto Gonzalez and Bush
    9.) Rigging the YR 2000 election yr to win
    10.) Using up all our nation's budget leading to huge debt
    11.) IRAQ IRAQ IRAQ: fake story to raise interest in invading Iraq for false reasons. Falsifying intelligence reports.

    the list goes on!

    June 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  42. Annie, Atlanta

    It clearly looks like they don't want to lose their cushy jobs. If congress doesn't uphold the constitution, Jack, along with the executive and judicial branches, how does this bode for our future? Is our democracy gone? After 232 years one administration brought it crumbling down, while we just watched. And how many people out there really understand and can explain the impact on us all?

    June 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  43. Ron in LA

    It takes s-o-o-o much to impeach a president, as it should, that it really is too little, too late. Bush and Cheney have already calculated that they will survive the next few months. They'll still have the national checkbook to spend as they want.

    – Let's just count down the days remaining to get rid of this worst-of-all presidents.

    – Let's look hard at the incumbents who made this mediocrity possible and make them pay for their poor public service.

    – Let it be a clear message to anyone else thinking of "serving" the public. We are back.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  44. Stanley (Hamilton, Bermuda)

    Pres. Bush has issued signing statements that have carefully absolved the current occupants of the White House from any impeachable offences. However, as it has been pointed out, that does not stop other countries from indicting them for war crimes.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  45. Bill from PA

    Can we rent spaces in a Russian gulag for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz??? They need to be in the deepest dungeon in the world and forgotten about.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  46. Kate

    This should serve as proof to American citizens that our government is no longer a democracy. Do you really think there is a distinct line between Democrat & Republican? Maybe between the average citizen but not between politicans. Our government no longer serves in the best interest of American citizens. They are now working for the corporate lobbyists who outnumber politicians 10 to 1 in Washington. The oil companies played a huge part in both GW's elections. Do you think they are going to allow the man who is now making them billions to be impeached? get real. Never going to happen.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  47. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, I think most of the comments are right on track but I also think there is a big fear factor on the part of the Dems. After all ;they know all too well what bitterness the last attempt to impeach brought about. There is a reason that impeachment is a rare thing. The Republicans didn't use discretion and the Dems are trying to. Without the Clinton debacle, I believe this President and his administration would have been impeached long ago.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  48. Phillis an American in Germany

    Talk about a day late and a dollar short, someone should have started an impeachment process against him a long time ago. Right now, Bush is making his farewell tour through Europe, with that smug look on his face. He knows he's home free in just a few months. The reason Congress won't do anything ?, Bush has plenty of people in his pocket. Too Many secrets.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  49. ken

    My Democratic Party has done NOTHING since taking control of Congress. They didn't bring the troops home, fix our ecomony or lower gas prices but the did hold hearings on steroids in sports. They have neither the integrity, guts or professionalism to do anything for our Nation. They know if they try to Impeach they will be thrown out of office by the voters and will have to find real jobs at real pay.

    Ken
    Lawton, OK

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  50. Capt. Smash

    The national nightmare will continue.

    Look how many people still support McBush jr and this Bush crime family.

    Mcwar is almost as popular as Obama or Hillary.

    No the national nightmare will be over when most americans come to terms with what they have become after decades of conditioning by the capitalist media and the industrial military complex.

    Capitalism will warp the minds of its citizens with greed and desires for imperialism.

    The nightmare continues until most americans repent for their imperialism and war mongering.

    Mcwar bombed men women and children and we called him a war hero.

    I dont see the nightmare ending any time soon we prefer to blame our politicans

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  51. Alex, Orlando FL

    It makes sense to not focus on the impeachment now, considering we're swimming in the results of the bush/cheneys incompetence and have plenty of these issues to sort out. But why didn’t they pursue it in 2006 when the dems gained the majority?

    It appears as if they realized how much resentment would continue to build toward the bush administration and now have a better chance of sweeping the house clean by putting all dems there to. Hopefully this strategy pays off and they can go on to make far reaching reforms to a lot of the failing policies that are currently in place.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  52. Machiavelli,Florence,Italy.

    Does it make a difference?I don´t like his policies though,but you have to say this about him,he´s got balls.He was born to be president.And he did that against all odds.His own father never believed he could be president.When the powers that be decided that George W should be their man in 2000,George H W Bush didn´t know about that.Say what you like about him,he´s got balls and a perfect example that mediocres can be president of the USA.Another mediocre trying to be president is McCain.That guy is sick.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  53. Kelly from Ithaca, NY

    If anyone deserves impeachment it's President Bush. It's the right thing to do. I wish for it every night. But how would it look to the rest of the world if we undermined the United States' whole reason for occupying the Middle East? We're up to our eyeballs in it with no way to back out now. Thanks W!

    June 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  54. Jose'

    They have nothing to impeach Bush on.

    Nothing, Nada, Zilch.

    This is politics at it's worst. It's what democrats do.

    Anything for power.

    June 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  55. James from Virginia

    they won't impeach him. they do not have to courage to do that.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  56. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    Cheney is the Bush insurance policy against impeachment. EJM Granville Ohio

    June 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  57. Olivia from Texas

    Because they're just as guilty!
    This talk about parties (democrats/republicans) is a load of crock!
    It's all the same ballony!!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  58. Cindy

    Cause Bush is a lame duck anyway. The damage is done, spending time discussing things in the past takes away time spent on the future. It's being done now basically for posturing purposes... nobody really cares if it actually goes through or not.

    I think history will not look kindly on the Bush administration. The almost impeachment of Nixon is remembered more than the actual impeachment of Clinton. Basically, Bush is already sunk in history, with or without actual impeachment.

    Bush is trying his darndest to repair his image now, but it's too late. His legacy is set. And he knows it.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  59. MadPlato

    One more comment. Jose's statement "They have nothing to impeach Bush on" is one reason why Bush and Cheney don't get impeached. He must be a part of that 49% who are dim, dumb and deceived. No wonder our country has nearly become a dictatorship.

    EL PASO, TX

    June 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  60. Brendan Stone

    It takes moral courage to sacrifice your position of power to do the right thing. Congressional leaders are afraid to stand up to the man who stole the White House. Who wants to get Roved?

    On the other hand, we pay their salaries. We have the right to demand that they grow some cahones.

    Brendan – Santa Barbara

    June 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  61. Brian

    Simple, really. Somewhere along the lines, spines were surgicly removed.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  62. anita

    Time for a deep fall house cleaning. None of them deserve to work for us.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  63. Pat- Florida

    The word scared come's to mind real quick..

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  64. Thomas

    I understand not doing it in an election year, but mostly I think it reflects that Democrats are spineless and incompetent, while Republicans remain ignorant and classless.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  65. Steven

    It means we should have voted for Kucinich while we had the chance.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  66. Angela - Dodd City TX!

    It means that they are just as guilty of the state of our economy and the state of our foreign affairs as Bush. They have done nothing to stop Bush these past years, why would you expect them to now?

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  67. gwen

    The invasion and occupation of Iraq has been spun, is still being spun, and will continue to be spun ad infinitum. Here's the bottom line: George W. Bush is responsible for the deaths of over 4000 Americans, and over 1 million Iraqi citizens. Any resolution short of his public execution is not justice. Rumsfeld, Rice, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rove, and Powell should spend the rest of their lives in maximum security. The 77 senators, and 256 house members who voted in favor of Joint Resolution 114 on October 11, 2002, should be removed from office immediately, and forever banned from public service in any capacity.
    War crimes, Jack Mr Bush should have never got a second term in office, and should have been impeaced long time ago

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  68. Chris

    The answer to your question is simple, Jack: it means we no longer have a functional government.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  69. Andy

    It means it is time to vote all of the corporate representatives out of office.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Lori, Houston Texas

    It means We The People are screwed, Jack.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Jodi of Portland, OR

    Simple. Just as with the immigration issue a year ago, Congress is playing politics with Bush. Remember Bill Clinton?-well that was consensual, but Congress still made every effort to impeach him. I don't think the 35 articles against the President was consensual on both sides before this President committed them.

    Why is it that Speaker Pelosi said she wanted to clear up the ethics problems in Congress, when she is guilty herself of letting President Bush break any and whatever law he wants and face no consequences of it?

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Chris in San Jose,CA

    It means it's time to impeach congress or change the checks and balances that allow this travesty to continue.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  73. Mike, Carver, MN

    What does it mean?

    Business as usual Jack. I'm not for impeachment but to not even look at it for consideration? I can't tell the Dems from the Republicans anymore.
    Sounds like one great big party up there on that hill and the voters get to pay for it.
    I can't believe we actually pay these guys to do this. Where can I sign up for that career?

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  74. A W Garland Sr

    Because they know there is no reason to do so. Only the sore losers that cannot get over 2000 want to do so anyway. They still look foolish and stupid

    June 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  75. Jill Babore

    It means Congressman Dennis Kucinich is the only one with any guts.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  76. Lolly Barnard

    No Back Bone

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  77. Chris in KY

    An impeachment trial would take longer than the remainder of his term. It also would unite the Republican base.

    Leave Lame Duck Bush where he is. Send him a minimum wage increase. Send him popular things that he opposes so he will veto them. This will provide ammunition for beating "John McSame".

    That's the best way to make the most out of the situation.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  78. Barbara Turpin

    It means that congress should be impeached.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  79. mark taylor

    It means, they know that they dont actually have a case for impeachment... just more political posturing.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  80. Tom, Austin, TX

    They have everything to impeach Bush on. If there ever was a President that should have been impeached it is Bush. Maybe after he is out of office, federal law enforcement officials can go after him for operating the largest organized crime ring in America out of the White House, at taxpayers expense.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  81. Louise

    The Democratic leadership said months ago that any consideration of impeachment is off the table, "this is not what the Democrats are about".

    If there has ever been a President that was deserving of impeachment Bush is definitely it, and as a Democrat, if the leadership is too spineless to take on the issue then we could be looking for new leadership in the next election.

    I've not been real happy with this leadership on this one or several tohers. Either they need to stick to Democratic principles or we might need to find Democrats who will.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  82. Yilma

    What a sad state of affairs when a a presedent who has done what that Bush has.. and not be held accountable, by congress. It is all a joke. I quess they are all so crooked themselves that they don't know right from wrong.. I say throw them all out.. they are all good for nothing.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  83. Norman Walters

    It means that this Congress is full of wimps that are only interested in their personal welfare instead of the constituency that elected them. I think EVERY member of Congress; Democrats and Republicans alike, should be voted OUT and start over with a fresh Congress that is not beholding to anyone.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  84. Julye

    They are more interested in doing what is easy not what is right. They have failed their oath and their constituents. The more I learn about the whole Washington scene the more disappointed I become. Our founding fathers are spinning in their graves.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  85. Stephanie

    For Congress to ignore the 35 Articles of Impeachment is beyond unacceptable. Although there are only 7 months left of the Bush Regime, the Articles should be filed as a measure to warn Bush Republicans their reign of law breaking is over. Over 1 million voters have signed for the Impeachment of GWB. Why does Congress continue to ignore the voice of the American people?

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  86. Jim

    That was a terrible strategic mistake on Pelosi's part. She should have made it clear that if the wasted a lot of time by vetoeing bills, that impeachment would be the next thing brought up.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  87. Donald in CA

    He deserves to be impeached, but in seven months he will
    be on the ranch clearing sage brush. So just let it be.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  88. Dave

    I don't think that it represents a sideshow. I believe that it represents the Congress doing there job. This is something that should have been done a few years ago. I sat and watched Congressman Kucinich read each of these articles and I was so ashamed that this would be sent to die and also because it had taken so long to bring up such charges. Impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney represnts justice and justice should be the number one concern for the citizens of this country. If we allow tyrants like these two men have been to continue to work as they do then we have failed as a country and our legistalative branch has failed us for letting them.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  89. Sharon/Illinois

    Thank you, Jack, for asking this question. I was beginning to think the mainsteam media had not noticed what had happened in the House on Monday at all. It should have been BREAKING NEWS on all networks and it is sad, sad, sad that it wasn't. Congress had better get the message that our Constitutional Democracy is at risk if one branch of Government won't do its job–especially when the allegations are so provablely true. Both Cheney and Bush should be Impeached and removed from office. The Democrats had better wake up or they will be blamed for the end of Constitutional Democracy in the US–the WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. What Kucinich did on Monday was in International papers all over the world–more than in US newspapers. Only CBS reported on the 35 Articles of Impeachment on Tuesday (in the TV media news). Nancy Pelosi made a huge mistake in taking Impeachment "off the table" and we all need to write our Congressmen/women to ask them to act on these articles. I did.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  90. Diego

    It means two things:

    (1) Politicians are more concerned with their re-election then they are with the citizens of the United States; and

    (2) Our government has failed. Both parties. No choosing sides here.

    I always thought a democracy was a situation in which all citizens have a relative and equal chance to affect the making of decisions that effect their lives. (Politics of Power). Apparently I was wrong.

    It appears that the current definition of a democracy is a situation in which elected representatives dangle promises to remain in office while making more money than citizens, having better health care than citizens, and remaining above the law when it comes to illegal activities.

    Change is needed. By someone. Now. Too bad the politicians have no back bone.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  91. Bob

    Impeach Bush? Since Congress has the power to vote down any bill presented by the President, and the power to override any veto by the President – to impeach the president on what they are trying to do amounts to admitting guilt on their part as well. They (Democrates) want the proposal to die in committee. That way they can act like they are doing what is right without admitting guilt.

    WAKE UP Democrates – America really does see what you are up to.
    It is politics as usual. And we Americans are really tired of that. For a change go what is best for the Country – even if it goes against party policy.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  92. Matt

    It helps illustrate that most Democrats (just like their counterparts) are 100% for politics and 0% for people. There are only a handful of people in Washington that aren't robots doing whatever the political machine instructs them too and those people usually get stuck in footlockers. This is already going to be an issue between the "I will do whatever the party tells me too" Obama and the "maverick" McCain.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  93. Vern Modeland

    What does it mean? Impeachment is reserved for Democrats. It says so in the Congressional Owners Manual.

    Vern M.
    Arkansas

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  94. Doug

    why? the American people knew what he was and gave him another term! sorry but I believe the American people got what they deserve! maybe this November they will make a better choice!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  95. Jack

    Impeach him! His transgressions make Clinton's look like the work of Mother Theresa.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  96. Carter

    Jack, to answer your question...hell, your guess is as good as mine. But what has raised the hair on the back of my neck is that it took CNN and other "news" outlets close to 48 hours to even start to report on this historical event? Instead, we were inundated with images and stories about a guy who shoots himself in the head with a nail gun... What took so long? Were the media waiting to be told how to sell the story rather than actually report it?

    By the way - Jack, could you please ask Larry King to stop bringing on those kids of American Idol? I mean, really...

    (Miami Shores, FL)

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  97. Dan Raleigh, NC

    Bravo Jack!
    I stumbled on cspan's coverage of the house late one night this week and I've been waiting for the media to pick up on it. So far it hasn't been covered. I suppose it may have been buried on page 12 at the New YorkTimes just as it has been buried in committee in the house. At this point its probably too late to do any good unless we can put President Bush in prison. While thats a long shot I think that Congress has better things to do than spend time and money impeaching Bush. He's on his way out anyway and whether we kick him out of office early or not, we still have to clean up his mess. No doubt history will judge Bush with disgrace whether he is impeached or not. However, we do need to have this discussion openly and often so bravo to the Cafferty File and to Mr Kucinich.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  98. JP

    The US Governement is a joke, just like our judicial system.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  99. Judy, Texas

    I wish bushy could be impeached, but at this point in time, what good would it do? My feeling is, just get bush and his side-kick, cheney, out of office and let history and the rest of the world deal with them!!!!! And get rid of rush limbaugh, too!!!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  100. Lonnie

    They won't impeach bush because papa Bush-who was head of the CIA-has too much dirt on every single representative in Washington. Why else would Pelosi – a Democrat- fail to initiate legal proceedings against a president who started a war based on lies?

    June 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  101. Phil in KC

    4 reasons, Jack:
    1. It's an election year and the Dems don't want to risk offending too many people – especially when they're ahead.
    2. The inability to garner enough votes to convict.
    3. They probably couldn't get it done before the November elections and possibly not before Bush leaves office any way.
    4. That would make Nancy Pelosi President and she would much rather stay as Speaker of the House than become a lame duck president herself. Plus, it would look politically expedient – which takes us back to my first point.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  102. Allan Von

    Jack,

    We're all weaker after a fight. With so much at stake we can't afford to not be at our strongest. The only thing I'd love to see more than Bush behind bars, is Obama as our President. Things are already pretty ugly.

    Allan Von
    Dallas Tx

    June 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  103. Stephen

    It means we've lost control of our government and the terrorist are winning their idealogy war.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  104. Victor

    Our country re-elected this idiot knowing that he had lied to us–a reflection of our collective IQ. On the most recent poll of polls Mccain was only five point behind Obama and his views are a mirror image of the idiot's view. My God what's wrong with our people. We better keep those foreign PHD's coming.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  105. Ray M.

    Bush really should be sought for international war crimes, but that is another story.

    I view impeachment akin to the Nixon pardon. There is merit for it having occured years ago, but right now, what good will it do? Our politicians need to watch Bush and keep him in line, but we will all be rid of him in a few months.

    I would rather just be rid of him and try to fix America and the world view of our country than go through the impeachment process at this time.

    Ray M.
    Oviedo, FL

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  106. Paul

    I'm just floored this whole posting is in the "mainstream media." Praise to CNN for this!

    Let's SMOKE 'EM OUT OF THEIR CAVES...Bush and the whole mess of spineless Democrats in Congress!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  107. RW

    President Cheney sounds interesting...

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  108. Earl

    Senate and Congress are scared of Bush and Cheney.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  109. cile

    They don't have the guts!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  110. Dan, Mpls, MN

    It's amazing that we tried to impeach Nixon for bugging Watergate and Clinton having sex with Monica and we don't impeach for violations that are much more serious. Let's thumo our chest and say we are proud to be an American. Our government is the model that the rest of the world should follow. Yes, indeed.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  111. Luke , Los Angeles

    At this point its almost a joke. Dick and Bush can't even answer any media questions with out going so far off topic. We never get straight answers. If you lie about one thing, your going to lie about others. And these boys are lying to the whole country. When Clinton "lied" about Monica everyone was screaming impeachment, over a personal relationship. Bush lies about national interests, nuclear weapons, the war in Iraq, and our struggling economy, and we don't do anything. It's a JOKE.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  112. Mike, Terre Haute

    This goes back to Dick Cheney's experience in the Nixon Administration. He learned from Nixon, that the President should have no bounds on power. So Cheney believed they can do what they want, under executive priveledge.

    One of Nixon's most infamous quotes was, "By the simple fact that the President does it, means that it is not against the law."

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  113. SD

    RE: What does it mean when Congress refuses to even consider 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush?

    Perhaps those articles have no basis in law, or fact and are simply political rhetoric, like most post-Bush I political rants have been.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  114. Robert Fletcher

    Sounds to me like they are all in it together. Dems and Rebs and then there are the people who support all of their expenses and wars. What say do we have about the laws that are broken by the president. No, it's not ok but what can we the people do the get any justice? Maybe the media can bring some ATTENTION to the problems!! Robert

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  115. Rocketw25

    The reason this will never happen is becasue the president isnt the sole person that sent us to war. Everyone in congress had access to the same intel. he congress voted to go. i can figure out why its people dont understand how the government works. The president doesnt have to the power to go to war by himself. So if they impeach him then they must do the same thing with everybody that voted for it. You cant pick and choose. it would be people on both sides of the aisle.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  116. Gary

    We are a republic and our apathy and ignorance as a voting populace is being represented by the apathetic and perhaps, largely ignorant politicians whom serve no one but themselves.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  117. Robert

    I think that with so little time left in his presidency, many people might think that an impeachment is futile. Of course, it's election season, so many politicians are least likely to want to offend the electorate so close to an election.

    St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  118. Jean Velasquez

    A person does not need to be an expert in politics to understand that the situations the United States is faceing, such as the war in Iraq, the so called recession, and problems within the borders of USA like Hurricane Katrina, are more important to solve than to waste time into impeaching a President who already gave himself and his adminstration a negative reputation. This does not mean in any way that Congress is being evasive and is ignoring President Bush's actions in the Executive Branch. Therefore, in my opinion, Congress is acting in the interest of the country as a whole while keeping in mind both the problems within the US, and overseas, that need to be acknowledged .

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  119. Let's get it right this time!

    Congress is not doing much of anything about the gas or economy anyway they may as well focus on the impeachment of the ones that has gotten us into this mess, just maybe in doing so truth about the high oil costs will be shaken out of someone, we all know Bush and Chaney to be responsible for this, we know they got their hands in the pot, what we need Congress to do is prove it.

    Though most Americans want the economic crisis fixed now we know it will not be, at least not in the near future so Congress needs to give us justice for the wrongs we here in America and everyone in the world knows stems from the Bush Administration's misuse of power. We want more than a poor rating, WE WANT JUSTICE BY IMPEACHEMENT FOR THE BLOOD OF OUR BRAVE, TRUSTING TROOPS!

    Congress is wasting time doing nothing about anything they need to prove they want to be reelected by doing what most voters want, IMPEACHEMENT OF BUSH & CHENEY, it is a slap in the faces of the American people that these two could possibly leave office without an impeachment in their records.

    Bernice Clarksville TN.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  120. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Jack, if at all possible, I would like impeachment hearing on just about every politician, starting with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Murtha, Ted Kennedy, and so on. Criminals impeaching criminals just seems stupid to me. They should all stop the drama and get about the people's business. I wish America would just impeach the government.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  121. Kevin Brown

    It means that Congress cares too much about their friendship with Pres. Bush than their duty to the American people. I can't believe me being a 21 yr old voter can see through the lies. We can impeach Pres. Clinton for sexual behavior, but won't consider impeachment for someone who has decieved the American people not once but several times during his administration. His White House Spokesman has said it and also his former Sec. of State. Congress gas never put their foot down nwith Pres. Bush, so i hope can can finally do it for the American people.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  122. K.I.M.

    Media giants must take some accountability for the failure of this to be pushed through. If constituents (you me and the next commenter) were fully aware of the impeachment resolution, we could have made a bigger fuss about it so that our representatives would speak on our behalf. So many Americans are still ignorant on the tragedies that transpire because of Bush's Administration.

    The media barely picked this news story up. At what point EVER should news of Impeachment of the world's most influential leader go as 2nd page news? NEVER.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  123. Amy S. New York, NY

    Does Congress have the moral responsibility of following through with the impeachment? Absolutely. Pelosi completely ignoring this right is not only a slash against Democracy but most importantly a personal one that hits home for citizens who see President Bush get away with murder.

    If we are unable to turn to the government who are so called "For the people by the people" then who else is there?

    It all comes down to what you said above. With the way the election is brewing right now there's no way the Democratic party can afford to lose support by putting all their efforts in ridding of the Republican in office.

    What our government needs to do is stop focusing on choosing sides. Don't they understand it's actually AGAINST what they so claim to "Strive" for which is equality and unity in this country? If the candidates spent half as much time working on these qualities rather than insulting each other there would be someone worth voting for.

    We may think change is coming but it's quite the opposite. What we need is someone who will stop rambling and start acting. President Bush didn't "respond" correctly to Katrina. Where is the man/woman who will go down there and AID Katrina.

    The President's love and pride in the country must be pure in order for citizens to follow, otherwise they'll just continue hanging on thin words and slipping on scandals.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  124. Colby, mo

    It means that we all know he screwed up the country and lied to the American people for his entire time in office. Would it be nice to point out that he indeed deserves to be impeached? Yes, congress should have started the process a LONG time ago, but the truth is that we're all just counting down the days to the end of the ERROR 1-20-09, and we won't have to deal with him ever again.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  125. Andrew Royce

    Thea won't consider it because it would unite the Republican Party AND the country against the Ds, with 6 months ahead of the election, that's why. They guy's successfully kept the U.S. from being attacked again. Let 'em rot in Quantanimo. Every time they release someone he comes back to try and kill us.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  126. Keith in CA

    It means justice denied. This tragic excuse for a president and all his cronies should have been thrown out long ago. By taking impeachment "off the table", Pelosi used that congressional power as a bargaining chip and "we the people" lost.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  127. Tom

    It means that I will not be voting for them come November!
    The current administration and congress has been a laughing stock.
    At the November election, I'm firing them all.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  128. John

    Wait 'til he's out of office... then prosecute him at The Hague. And Cheney, too (especially Cheney).

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  129. Claude,California

    Forget for now. Let the Democrats concentrate on regaining the White House and a larger majority in both houses. Then,
    Bush and Cheney both should be indited, convicted and sentenced with no pardon.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  130. Carl Shepherd

    I just lost about 15 IQ points reading the comments section. Are you people for real?

    June 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  131. Mike, GA

    They are still scared they will be seen as unpatriotic. What they forget is that our forefathers (the true Patriots) empowered them with the ability to impeach because it is their responsibility to hold the executive branch accountable. If they can't handle the responsibilities of the job, they should resign.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  132. Dave Kaspersin

    Wake Up Middle Class. All of our do nothing Congress has to go. "WE THE PEOPLE" have to take our country back from the upper two percent rich who control Congress.

    Sincerely,

    One of the Bottom 98 percent.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  133. Stephanie

    PS - Let's get Ken Starr on the Bush/Cheney impeachment case!!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  134. Dan Nielsen

    President Bush has done a very good job protecting our country. For that this man wants to impeach Bush. It looks like the congressman won't stop until he impeaches someone.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  135. Patriot in Albany, New York

    Can't the Congress at least admonish the President for mispronouncing the word "nuclear"? If your finger's on the button, you should know what it's for!

    June 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  136. sanjay

    Is there any one in Congress who seriously thinks Cheney is better than Bush

    Sanjay from Phoenix, Arizona

    June 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  137. Randy

    Nancy Pelosi doesn't seem to have any idea WHY her party won a majority in 2006. She has delivered on none of the major issues that got Democrats elected, and appears to think that the party should simply continue to ride the wave of Bush-hatred to an even greater majority in 2008.

    The real goal in Washington remains the eternal struggle to get re-elected. Same as it ever was.

    June 12, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  138. William Cobb

    Bush is living proof that crime does pay.

    June 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  139. Jim

    Can we impeach the U.S. Representatives that voted to disregard this issue for failure to uphold their oath of office to defend the Constitution. Let's start impeachment proceedings against those elected Representatives.

    June 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  140. Loretta

    Get off President Bush back!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  141. Robert Nicholson

    The only benefit of Impeachment is to remove the president of his power to pardon at the end of his term and I consider that worth the effort.

    June 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  142. Lewis

    BTW...in response to a few of the above posts...I would personally fight and die to keep my president and ex-president from going on trial at the Hague...enough is enough people. This is the USA...not the country of Earth...don't like what's happened, vote.

    June 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |