January 7th, 2008
05:58 PM ET

Time to impeach Bush & Cheney?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's time for Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

So says George McGovern, the Democratic Party's 1972 candidate for president.

In an editorial in yesterday's Washington Post, McGovern writes that although the chances of impeachment are unlikely, the facts most definitely point in that direction: "Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' to use the constitutional standard."

McGovern points to specific instances, like Iraq, which he calls a "murderous, illegal, nonsensical war"; the administration's strategy to encourage a climate of fear; denying prisoners of war habeas corpus and shipping them off to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other countries; and the administration's dismal response to Hurricane Katrina.

In fact, McGovern insists that the case against impeaching the current president and vice president is far stronger than was the case against President Nixon. He goes so far as to say the U.S. would be "much more secure and productive" under a Nixon presidency than what we have today.

But, as we all know, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi long ago took impeachment "off the table”. And, even though there are some in the House who are calling for an immediate start to hearings, don't hold your breath.

Here’s my question to you: Why won't Congress impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Chris from Ithaca, New York writes:
Dear Jack, The Democratic Congress will not move on impeachment because we have nothing but cowards in Washington. The Congress changed because the American people wanted change. Instead we have gotten Republican light. There is no change in Washington, only slaves to big business, oil and imperialism. Washington stinks.

Eric from Moss Beach, California writes:
The collaborators who gave Bush everything they wanted won’t condemn themselves by impeaching him. They have no principles, no morals. They are politicians to their slimy cores. They all deserve defeat in the next election. Democrat, Republican, makes no difference. They have betrayed their oath. They have betrayed their country. They are scum.

Scott writes:
Why won't we impeach Bush and Cheney? Because this country is over, that's why. We're done. The crooks, special interests and the corporations have won.

Vel from Colorado Springs writes:
The Democratic Congress won't impeach the president or vice president simply because they are more concerned with winning back the White House. It would be too timely and too costly. Bush has destroyed our reputation abroad and done nothing domestically. The Democrats believe the damage is done, and the Bush administration will handily go down as one of, if not the, worst in history. That's good enough for them!

Rori writes:
It's not going to happen. Everyone knows you need corporate sponsors to get anything done in Washington.

Sally from Alexandria, Virginia writes:
Because all they did was cause death, destruction, torture, defiling of the Constitution and decimation of our finances. Thank goodness they didn't have sex with an intern.

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soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Gerald

    Seems like they are somehow afraid of this pair, probably for good reason, There is no logical reason they don'e impeach both and imprison them.

    January 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  2. D-Dog

    Why because it should have been done four years ago?

    January 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  3. douglas gengler

    because they forgot who they were elected by and who they are to represent. they are suppose to work for the people. if we wanted them to think we would have told them. we the people are fed up with the egoes of bush and cheney and they should be held accountable according to the laws of this once great nation. if this happens they both will be imprisoned for dereliction of duty and falsifiying intelligence that has ryuined this nation around the world!!!! we had the world in the palm of our hand after 9/11, and could have accomplished so much but these two pissed it away.

    January 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  4. Ron Noe

    It's easy, Jack. They have no concept of the words, "Duty, Honor, Country!"
    It is their duty to do so, but they are blind to their oaths and have no honor which makes the ,"Politicians, not leaders!

    January 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  5. Ed

    Congress can't impeach Bush or Cheney. They've passed enough laws now that any action can be either justified or denounced. They have legislated us into lawlessness.

    January 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  6. Rebecca Leigh

    It's obvious they are ALL in somebodys pocket and have something to lose. I can't believe our country is run by thieves, liars, and murderers. I think they are aliens. They have completely lost touch with reality. They are watching our great country fall apart and are doing nothing. I guess maybe it's part of a bigger plan. I'm very sad for my children. I don't think this can be fixed.

    January 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Because if the proceedings were brought forth, a national emergency would be declared and we would get Emperor Bush due to an executive order much like the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  8. Terry

    We have 12 more months of this administration, we have endured 7 years we can stick it out. At this point the impeachment process will do more harm than good, it will be a distraction and be a waste of the tax payers money.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  9. Scott

    because thier stupid incompentant idiots, and, well that pretty much covers it.
    scott Bowling Green, mo.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  10. Elena

    Impeaching the war criminals would be the right thing to do. People mostly don't do the right thing because it is not in their best interest...or could it be because Mr Bush and Mr Chaney have their own private army? Either way it's a question that begs to be answered but probably will remain one of the great unknowns as historians ponder the fall of yet another empire.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  11. Patricia

    The time to have impeached Bush/Cheney was when we found out they lied about WMD. It's too late now. The best thing the Congress & Senate can do for this Nation is to cut funding off for the Iraq War, & the war profiteering of Halliburton & Blackwater etc. .

    January 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  12. Rich, Fairview Texas

    There are no grounds for impeachment and here is why. First of all he had the consent of congress to go to war in both Iraq and Afganistan. We would also have to impeach every congress member that voted for it also.
    Now lets talk about democrat started wars. FDR lead us into World War Two. Germany attacked us Japan never did. FDR was a Democrat. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. FDR was also a democrat. John F. Kennedy another democrat started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam also never attacked us. Johnson another democrat turned Vietnam into a quagmire costing 58 thousand lives. Bill Clinton another Democrat went to war in Bosnia without French and UN consent. Bosnia never attacked us. Bill Clinton was also offered Osama Bin Ladens head on a platter on three separate occasion by Sudan while he was in office and did nothing. So NOW you want to IMPEACH someone? Yeah Right Mr. McGovern. What the hell is the statute of limitations on democratic stupidity?

    January 7, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    That's an easy question. The reason why Congress won't impeach Bush and Cheney is the same reason why Congress hasn't done anything since the America people voted them into office.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Richard Sternagel

    Congress won't impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney because it would be very divisive to a country that is already divided.Congress should provide oversight and let him and Cheney finish out there terms.The time for impeachment has come and gone due to a spineless Congress!

    January 7, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  15. W B in Las Vegas

    that ship sailed a long time ago.

    neither will be impeached only because it's less than a year and they will be out of office. hopefully incoming Attorney General John Edwards will prosecute both of them, along with the rest of their criminal gang, for their crimes in the future.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  16. Joy Paquin

    This do nothing Congress apparently doesn't have the backbone to impeach Bush or Cheney. This might be a good thing, can you even begin to see Pelosi running our country. Look at the poor job she's doing in Congress, milk toast all the way!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  17. Deborah L. Leake

    In my opinion, President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney did not usurp the Power of the U.S. Congress, the majority of Congressional Members voluntarily gave them the power. The Impeachable Offenses are too numerous to list, and in my opinion, they should both have been impeached years ago. I believe that the Congress is to blame for not doing their job (over-sight) and any impeachment effort would expose their own negligence and complicity as well as that of the President and Vice-President. Bush and Cheney know that there is no danger of impeachment and Nancy Pelosi publically assured them that they had nothing to fear. She really had no right to take anything "off the table". So much for Congressional Oaths of Office…

    Marshall, NC

    January 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  18. Diane Palmer

    Because Congress doesn't have a backbone. This should have been done years ago.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  19. Adekunle Olajide

    Imagine if it is a sitting democratic president that has screwed up tand blundered his much, the republikan party would have raised all hell. Imagine how monolithic they are such that he never veto anything until the democrats took over congress. The republican party with their corporations are the real owners of America. There is only one political party in America: People are either more republikan or less republican, period!

    January 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  20. Craig

    There is no sufficient reason to impeach this president that has kept America safe.

    January 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  21. Jayne

    It's beyond time to impeach Bush and Cheney and that's the primary reason Ms. Pelosi is Speaker today. Voters demanded action in 2006 and that included the commencement of impeachment proceedings. I've recently reread "All The President's Men" and the Nixon antics were laughable when compared to this bunch. The only reason I can come up with as to why Congress hasn't impeached Bush and Cheney is they're afraid what might come to the surface when the muck is stirred up. Did the Speaker know we were torturing people?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  22. Steve Yandell


    Whether or not Pres. Bush and V.P Cheney warrant impeachment, the time for pursuing that has long passed. They'll both be out of office in a year. While I'm in no way excusing their behaviors and misdeeds while in office, initiating proceedings now would likely take a large chunk of their remaining time in office and further divide an dysfunctional congress and distract a citizenry already concerned with the economy, Iraq, illegal immigration, jobs, education, terrorism, etc.

    There are probably at least two primary reasons Congress won't touch this subject. First how could they expect to reach any sort of concensus on as profound an issue as impeachment when they accomplished so little of substance in their first full year and did so much bickering and finger-pointing?

    The second reason is if even if Congress miraculously pulled off double-barreled impeachments and convictions, who would become interim president? Nancy Pelosi, of course, as she is next in line of succession. No wonder she doesn't want the issue on the table. She's got both hands and both feet so busy trying to be Speaker of the unruly mobs, excuse me, House of Representatives, one can hardly imagine her aspiring to any other job right now, except perhaps civilian!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  23. -30-

    Because they think people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  24. Donald, Butte Montana

    Congress, led by the SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE Nancy Pelosi has failed in their constitutional responsibilities!!!. Not ony her, but both the Majority and Minority Leaders of both parties have put party politics over the Constitution, separate branches of government, and enforcement of our nation's laws by the Executive Branch.

    The Democrats were put in charge to effect change which they haven't accomplished, partly because of insufficient veto-proof majorities. Nevertheless, they have let King George and his cronies intimidate them and the republican minority stall any important changes.

    ALL incumbents up for reelection this years should be sent packing as a rising tide of voter disgust is beginning to swell from all political parties. Eliminate all incumbents in the House this year, and another 1`/3 of the Senate. Its time the American populace took its government back, held their elected officials accountable, and prosecute appointees for violating the Consitution, civil rights of our citizens, and laws passed by Congress.

    Any member of Congress not willing to do the people's business need to get off their ego or power trip and go home!!!! A complete blood transfusion is needed in Congress to stop the hemorahging.

    If the American people is more interested in petty particianship, then this great country is in decline and will not recover.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  25. John, Marietta, GA

    My congressman and senators don't have the stones to make a step outside of the republican party line. A worthless Dr. for a congressman who voted AGAINST S-chip.

    A real estate salesman who rode the coattails of Newt Gingrich into the house in 1994 and then replaced the democrat (!?!) Zell Miller in the senate. The other is a shyster who smeared war hero Max Cleland in the 2002 midterms. I want to cut my throat everytime I think of what/who my neighbors vote for and I really question if they have any idea of what the f- is going on in this country.

    Between the three of them they have never had an original idea. Big supporters of the voter ID law to keep the 6 other democrats in Cobb County from voting in the next election.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  26. Tom Bulger

    Because they do not honor their oath of office. I am proud to say my Congressman Mike Michaud respects himself, respects Maine, and respects the United States of America. God Bless him and save America.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  27. Sam, Milwaukee WI

    Jack, given the list of Bush and Cheney’s deliberate self-serving tactics, I’m surprised anyone in Congress can even say a kind word about the two. Let us consider: the fabricated reasons for war in Iraq, illegal wiretapping, bullying other nations, leaking of the name of a CIA operative, Hurricane Katrina, reckless spending, mishandling the Iraq rebuilding process, the Military Commissions Act, No Child Left Behind, secret prisons, torture, waving bye-bye to habeas corpus, and the endless fear mongering. Impeaching them would be a slap on the wrist in comparison to what they deserve. Yet, impeachment is unlikely. Maybe Congress is afraid of hurting their feelings.

    P.S. Loved the book!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  28. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Jack, If you give some one enough rope, they will hang themselves. They are simply letting him die slowly, by (political assasination) . They know the noose will snare the whole damn republican party. There is more than one way to die. It's Great. bush and cheney have to suffer the humiliation, disgrace, scorn, and,contempt of the American people and the rest of the world. I love it! To impeach them would let them off easy. What pelosi does'nt realize is that by not impeaching she sealed her own fate of not being re-elected. The little sacraficial lamb led bush and cheney to slaughter just another way other than impeachment to serve a greater purpose. As for Congress, they have not done their job for decades now. How can you when you have 2 day work weeks and 4 hour lunches. And now all of a sudden when pelosi-reed and the democrats take control they realize they have to get busy before the Country is further crippled by their lame economic policies. Did you notice that with in a matter of months they passed minimum wage increases, AMT tax and CHIPS and the border fence although there is not enough money to fund it. The whole damn lot of you discust me. You should be fired and have your pension terminated.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  29. troy borresen


    The reason why? Because there all in the same boat! With the exception of a couple honorable statesman (Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinch) there all guilt as far as I'm concerned. this country need a severe house cleaning from the TOP. Bush & Cheney – they rate up there with Stalin & Hitler. We are going from socialism to facism at a pace that I fear may not be stopped if "We the People" dont wake up.

    These two hunyuks should be tried for war crimes as the do so UNCONSITUTIONALLY to so many so called terrorist. How do we as the so called leader of the free world, get to PISS on the Constitution we founded this GREAT nation on, make his own rules, tell everybody else that they cant do it & be respected?

    Congress, if it had a backbone, would Impeach these guys, but hell, they'd have to do it to themselves for letting it get this far out of hand.

    The voice of REASON – Ron Paul – our only Hope

    Love your blog Jack, I'm 33, married, with 2 kids hope to have more. This country is great, that being said, it's because of people of your generation & your type of thinking. I have never givien politics any time until this year & I think alot of people are waking up. It's scary, that myself & our generation have let this slip so far back. I'm doing my part to get "IT" back . Also, will be reading your Books, & as my three year old gets older, he will be reading it also. Wisdom, give it to me.

    God Bless.

    Troy Borresen
    Belle Plaine, MN

    Go RON PAUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  30. Tim from PA

    At this point, why even waste our money(Taxpayers) and time to go through the proceedings? Even if we did, what good would it do? I think there was a President by the name of.........Clinton, that went through this and now his wife is trying to get back in the White House(Could he be the first President to return to the White House after being impeached, even though he would simply be the "First Man" to the President)LOL.

    I think our elective officials could spend the time trying to resolve the problems our country faces rather than wasting time on impeaching basically two lame ducks. Yeah it makes good press, but lets get real is it really worth the time. If we dealt with them this long, why can't we put up with them for 11 more months?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  31. Mary Steele

    Yes, impeachment should be on the fore-front to restore our good name and do what is right and lawful.

    When Bush vetoed the stem cell research funding he said that "he would not take a life to save one", so what are we doing in Iraq?

    Just think, if he had not dropped the ball in Afghanistan by moving troops to Iraq, Al Queda would be history or close to it. Bush gave them the break they needed to revamp their military and added another reason for them to get additional allies.

    Impeachment offense 1-He said in 2004 that "nobody had a right to wiretap without a court order" , but once it was revealed that he had been had been doing it since the 9-11-2001 attack, he said that he had that right due to National Security. So which is it, he can't have it both ways, the bottom line is he lied in 2004 or 2005-2006 when he tried to justify it.

    Impeachment offense 2-Where is that National Security he was shoving down our throats to get re-elected? Our borders are still wide open, none of the cargo put in passengers planes are checked, only 5% of the cargo coming in is checked and the southern border fence is far from what we need for true security.

    Impeachment offense3-Why would he send the National Guard to the Southern Border and not allow them to use their weapons? That puts their lives in danger when they cannot defend themself.

    Impeachment offense 4-Did you know that he said he would fully fund the border fence if Congress passed the amnesty bill? YES, HE SURE DID!

    These are just some of the examples of what he is guilty of, and should be held accountable. If not impeachment, then treason would be more appropriate.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  32. Greg from PA

    George McGovern is correct, but sadly being right is just not enough. Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi, lacks the fortitude to do the right thing. That's why we are still in Iraq. That's why our ports and borders are not secure. That's why our manufacturing base has been shipped overseas. That's why we are facing an economic and ecological crisis. And that's why Bush and Cheney will never be impeached even if they conducted their own holocaust.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  33. W B in Las Vegas

    "Germany attacked us Japan never did."

    think you just might want to correct that statement, Rich. was Bill O’Reilly the history teacher in Fairview, Texas? the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. you are also incorrect about "Germany never attacked us". the USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine south of Iceland, 31 October 1941 and numerous American merchant ships were sunk by German submarines prier to Decamber 7th, 1941.

    if the schools in Texas are as bad as the one you obviously went too, no wonder both Presidents from Texas have been uneducated fools.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  34. Elvis

    Impeach Bush & Cheney?

    Let me count the high crimes & misdemeanors.

    But there's not enough time, and not enough votes in congress.

    As we are so often reminded, in "wartime" we must support our commander-in-chief.

    What happened to upholding the constitution?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  35. Gino

    Impeaching President Bush and Vice-President Cheney? What a joke, this will never happen... if both of them were caught pants down with a well known lassie, well, some Congress members and Senators may want to advance the issue of impeachment for "fooling around!" – and you know that this would never happen, both Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Cheney have roller pins in their kitchen in case this would even occur in our two "top leader's grey matter!" So forget about impeachment, let’s grin and bear it until someone else is elected, hopefully someone who has the thinking power to make this country great again!
    Let's face it, how many people who are beefing about the way our country is presently run voted for President Bush at the last election? Come on, if you are beefing now, remember who you voted for! You are just as much to blame because you too did not use your noodles! Your brain is a God given gift to you, use it!

    January 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  36. Mensah Koduah, Bronx, New York

    Too little too late

    January 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  37. Alan

    Because all of the things Bush/Cheney have done aren't impeachable, only consensual oral sex is.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  38. fabooj

    The time to impeach the both of them was back in 2003. Unfortunately, the Democrats in Congress are too scared of what the GOP warmongerers and useless media outlets will say about them. Before the excuse was, "We're in the minority". Now that they are the majority, the excuse is, "We don't have the votes". Here's an idea, Pelosi...instead of ignoring the Democrats (i.e., Kucinich) that do want to discuss this, how about actually having a debate? Or was 'impeachment is off the table' part of your backroom deal with the WH?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  39. john

    The answer falls into that “be careful of what you wish for” category. If you impeach Bush, you get Cheney? If you impeach Bush and Cheney, you get Nancy Pelosi and we all know how much she has gotten done since being elected.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  40. Ken KS

    Nancy Pelosi's tenure as Speaker of the Mob (uh, House) has been as big disaster as the previous speaker. This Congress and the last one have done nothing but ensure Corporate America's free reign over our treasury and lined their greedy pockets with taxpayer dollars and American troops' blood. Other than a few frivolous pieces of legislation in the first 100 days, they haven't brought home the troops, something they were elected to do, this nation is $Trillions in debt and whatever else these incompetent and nasty bunch of legislators and administration gangsters have wrought. The time to get rid of Bush and Cheney was in January 2007, so as bad as those two thugs are, Nancy Pelosi and the timid Harry Reid would really just continue to bungle things in this country. Perhaps a woman can lead this country, but Nancy Pelosi isn't that person. She should quit politics and go home to San Francisco and draw her dirty pension for doing a good job of nothing. Impeachment indeed, this Congress and Senate are just as guilty as Bush and Cheney's crimes against humanity and squadering a surplus treasury they inherited from the Clinton Administration.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  41. gary saari

    I must admit there are many different reasons for different politicians, but the basic reason is "money rules and corporate sponsors have a lot of money." It appears that some politicians are trying to convince the American people that they are against the corporate elite who control our government, but I'll believe it when I see it. We can only hope. My father gave me a very good lesson in politics when I was a child. He put out his hands with his palms up. Then he said "Democrat – Republican, It's like taking s__t from one hand and putting it to the other" while he clasped his palms together. Any other questions?

    January 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  42. Jason L

    Where was McGovern earlier? It's been time to impeach Bush and his Clansmen since before the 2004 Election. The intelligence clearly shows no connection between 9/11 and Iraq, nor have any WMD's ever been found in Iraq. Bush's major claim for illegally invading a sovereign nation was that Iraq had wmd. Bush lied about the wmd's and HIS lie cost almost 4 thousand needless American deaths, not to mention the over 22,000+ severely wounded. Compare Clinton who was impeached for lying about oral sex, to Bush's lie who killed thousands. Which lie hurt the United States more and which lie deserved an impeachment. Time for the Congress to use their backbone and do what's right, not politically correct!! Quit protecting Bush is what I'd tell the Republican'ts!!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  43. Annie

    It won't happen because it will be a waste of time and Republicans will cry 'payback' for the Clinton impeachment. Besides, we got 10 months till we vote, a year and 3 weeks or so till they both go home...

    Really gonna miss Barney and MIss Beazley though.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  44. Amnesty is Treason

    corruption breeds corruption and the democrats want a bigger slice of the billion dollar pie that bush/cheney have taken ever month form the people!

    there will be no impeachment as democrats have no spine!

    it's a disgrace; billy bubba has an encounter with a cigar and he's impeached, bush/cheney rob the piggy bank and everyone is laughing all the way to the bank!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  45. Laurie

    Wouldn't we all like the answer to that question . Nothing I have read here is satisfactory . The Constitution demands impeachment really . If it is not done it means our Constitution is nothing more than a worthless historical document . And that frankly breaks my heart.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  46. Chris

    No collective sense of conviction, no integrity, no guts. Hopefully, there will be a way to legally go after those two when they no longer occupy the White House. It's not just Congress... what's up with the American people? Have Bush and Cheney filled hearts and minds with so much fear that it has lead to paralysis?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  47. Kiko

    Congress, especially democrats, need to grow some B@ll$ and do the right thing: impeach those (Bush and Cheney) who have plagued this country. Why would a republican Congress impeach a president who gave us a surplus for a personal matter, but a democratic Congress won't impeach a president who has tripled the national debt!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  48. Susan

    They don't have the votes.
    If there is one thing the American Public should note, it is, vote for the same political affiliation of the President when it comes to Senators or Representatives. Nothing will ever get done if you don't.
    Republicans have been voting lock step with the King since his selection. They just didn't have enough votes and the same holds true for the Dems.
    There will be no "CHANGE" unless the public figures this one out.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  49. Karl

    The idiots had their chance and blew it. It's too late to go that route now. What needs to be done now it to initiate "War Crimes" charges in the World Court and let Interpol, or whoever is the police force for the World Court, cuff them both up and haul them off to the Hague. The best time to make the point would be at the next inauguration right after the new president is sworn in. Show the world what we Americans really think of King George and Prince Richard and make sure the next president knows we have had all we will tolerate.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  50. James S. Lenon

    Congress will fail to impeach Bush and Cheney because they are all too busy running for re-election or for higher office to attend to the business of the people.

    That said, impeachment should never be used as a tool for one party to overturn the voters' idiocy. The last impeachment was exactly that. Better to wait until Bush and Cheney are out of office and bring them up on criminal charges. No potential President is likely to pardon them after they leave office.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  51. Melissa

    If ever there was an elephant in the room... Never did I think I would see, much less endure, an administration that made Nixon and his crew look like choir boys. Not impeaching these two has become part of the "go green" effort. Imagine all the resources we would use just attempting to figure out where to start with these two dictators. Why waste all those fossil fuels? Just execute them outright for treason. Gotta go, Jack. I hear homeland security at the door.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  52. Bob Enriquez

    Both should be impeached ASAP. They have done enough damage to our country, our economy, our military, and our future, that they must PAY for their criminal behavior. They must forfeit all pay and allowances for life, lose their liberty for a minimum of 10 years, and be tried in public so we can all see them fall from the thrones they have held for too long.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  53. de mon

    It is all very clear now. Democrats lied to us about ending the war to get elected, then once ensconced in their seats for the next two years, they could stuff their special interest pockets with pig meat. They will never impeach anyone in this administration because they know Bush will sign any pork-laden bill they send him as long as it has war funding increases and a few goodies for Haliburton in it. As far as Nixon goes, all he did was cover up a 3rd rate burglary instead of admitting his people did it. If that happened we'd have an equitable relationship with China today instead of our servitude to them.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  54. Roxy in TX

    They don't have the balls! Bush and Cheney have run the country through fear and terror, and they have everyone running scared of what they might do!

    January 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  55. Larry Wines

    Our weak-kneed, vacillating Congress won't impeach the criminals running the Bush-Cheney administration for the same reason they have repeatedly failed to enact the mandate we gave them in November of 2006, to end the Iraq war: every one of them is as measured and calculating as Hillary's campaign. Each of them caves-in to the leadership of a Democratic Party and its conventional wisdom that they should show Britney-Lohan style angst while crying and wringing their hands, rather than risk crashing and burning as the GOP did when they impeached Bill Clinton. The differences are, we all want "Britney Lohan" to just go away, while we want to indict and impeach the regime that has bankrupted our grandchildren to Communist Chinese lenders, bankrupted our national credibility to the entire world, and bankrupted our national sovereignty to the Halliburtons that move their headquarters to Dubai, where nothing can be subpoened and the extent of the crimes cannot be determined.

    Larry Wines,
    Los Angeles

    January 7, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  56. Karl

    Re: Rich from TX.
    Why are so many republicans moronically stupid?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  57. suzie from atlanta, GA

    Jack, this will be the question asked in the History books years from now: WHY did we allow this?

    Should they be impeached? Of course. Will they? No. They can't get anything done because of GOP stonewalling, and that is the reality. Like it, hate it, the GOP is not about to let the Dems look good, even at the expense of the country.

    The last thing they want is all this illegal activity, which they totally supported and defended and suppressed, coming out. Because the FACT is that had the GOP even once stood up for the people, or the law, during the first SIX years of this administration, just ONE time, this would have been stopped. But they did not.

    Pelosi does not want to be President. She wants to be Speaker, which is very powerful. She knew the limitations of her mandate, and decided to focus on getting some bills passed. The Senate is a total waste of time; Leader Reid is a disaster, with no guts. So why bring charges? Nothing will come of it except more stories about the weak Dems.

    What we should do, and do it FAST is use the power of Censure. It will not get rid of Bush/Cheney, but will at least tie them up and hopefully prevent more illegal activity. It may allow the GOP to gird their loins and stand up for us, and the law.

    And FYI, I stood in line to vote for McGovern, hours and hours, 10 months pregnant, over 4 weeks overdue with my second child. THAT night, I went into labor. My son was born November 8th, 1972. His due date was Sept. 1st. So I will always be indebted to McGovern.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  58. Rose

    It's simple, Jack. Who would be the person next in line to become President if Bush & Cheney were impeached? Duh! Their term is almost over so it wouldn't be worth Congress' time so start now ... they should have done it when Bush invaded Iraq and didn't find WMDs. Once they're out of office maybe the War Crimes Tribunal will prosecute them for what they've done.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  59. Tim Collins

    Hi Cafferty. If they were to impeach Bush and Cheney , it would make the corporate lobby and special interest very unhappy. The corporations and special interest have all been getting there way for a long time now thanks to Republicans and Democrats that let the money talk while they listen and turn a deaf ear on the people. It is time to fix what the Repubicratic congress has made a mess of. It is time for a President and congress to represent the people and not the corporations and special interest.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  60. Allen

    Jack, come on. I expect better of you. I realize that it's popular to blame the 110th Congress for all the failures of Congress, but we must remember that the Democrats have only had one year in charge and they can't get anything past the Republicans tht Bush doesn't support. The Republicans had three years of Bush wiping his bottom with the Constitution and did nothing. That said, the 110th Congress should try anyway.
    Hartwell, GA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  61. Michael M Phx AZ

    One of two words describe "our" Congress: Chickens or Pansies who are in it for the almighty $$$$ which has lost its clout in the world. FDR hit the nail on the head when he said "the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." That fear is not the terrorists, but our home-grown terrorists of Bush and Cheney and their pack of followers. Since Bush seems to have a short-term memory loss, he most have forgotten that when he took to oath of Office (twice unfortunately), he was to uphold the Constitution of the United States. He probably thought they meant it was plastic model of the USS Constitution or something. Neither Bush or Cheney seem to have any notion of "duty, honor, country."

    January 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  62. Bdox

    Every congressman/woman who fails to take aggressive action to impeach Bush and Cheney fails to live up to their oath of office and therefore become complicit to numerous crimes committed by the executive branch. They all become domestic enemies of the Constitution.


    January 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  63. neal rauhauser

    I sometimes think our Congress is spineless and corrupt, and other times I think they're wisely and carefully dealing with people who not only need to be impeached but locked away before they harm anyone else. Bush could just flat snap if impeachment started and who knows what mischief he'd get up to then ...

    January 7, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  64. kendy

    Because they are a bunch of spineless ninnies Jack! This bunch is only worried about their wallets.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  65. Kyle

    Because congress is scared. They are afraid. We know Bush and Cheney lied. We know that Bush said that he would go to war with Iraw even if they had no WMD's at all. Cheney should be forced to resign or face severe punishment for lying to the public at a convention in front of the Veterans before the Iraq war which he said that "we know that Iraq has WMD's and they are developing more and posing a sever threat to the U.S." If congress won't than the people will. Ron Paul can change this. I support Ron Paul and other candidates who would be bold enough to run for congress. We should throw out our current congress for being cowards and accepting the satus quo. Please give America a new hope and vote Ron Paul.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  66. Ann

    I thought about supporting Obama until I saw the Obama ad on BET. Why isn't that ad being run on all the other networks? Is the ad informative or militant? Do we need a militant running our country?

    January 7, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  67. Burt in AZ

    I think with all the secret wiretaps that the Bush and Cheney people have enough on most members of Congress to bring them down with them if they impeach them. Then we would have to elect a whole new Government. What a wonderful idea.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  68. Jordan - Cedar Rapids, IA

    You mean you don't know, Jack?!

    Cheney has a man sized safe in his office and shoots his friends in the face with a shot gun. Is that really someone you want to go after, especially this close to their heading home, for something as silly as lying to the country and violating the constitution?

    After all, it's just a "piece of paper".

    Now, if they had lied about sex, then that would be a different story.

    Just sad.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  69. dean


    How doe's what busch and chenney did differ from suddam hussien. He entered a country unprovoked killed thousands including our own. We need to clean our house before we can think about cleaning someone elses.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  70. rufus

    My Country Right or Wrong ==> My (vice) president upholds or up ends the constitution ==> I'm proud to be 'merican!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  71. Patrick Moe

    Because they don't have the votes in the Senate to convict. Period.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  72. Robert Werden

    Congress should impeach. There is still a year left for them to break even more laws. I say prevent future high crimes by impeaching now

    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  73. German Lopez

    Then Clinton wouldn't be the first woman President!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  74. Joseph Golightly

    I don't know Jack, I just don't know......

    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  75. Adam

    Congress is scared and doesn't want to challenge the status quo. This is why we need change! More so, this is why Barack is now winning!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  76. Donna

    Because it would take actual work Jack. Congress would have to put in a 40 hour work week – heaven forbid. But if they do get around to impeachment proceedings they better hustle their bustles before Darth Cheney is off to Dubai and W is off to South America (where all war criminals go to retire).

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  77. Devon Garrett

    Personally I believe that President G W Bush our current President has done More harm to this Nation than almost ALL other previous President combined. This President and his administration has ignored the law of our country and have elected to go with a "what I say goes" type of slogan. I also believe that they should be impeached for the crimes they have committed and if we as a Democratic Nation can bring up a President on impeachment charges for a personal matter that should of been between him and his wife (Clinton) then we DAMN well better impeach a President that hurts our economy and our relationships with other countries to the point where its going to be hard to regain the trust from the american people and other nations. Simply the congress is afraid of President G W Bush.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  78. RDS

    It's not going to happen. Everyone knows you need corporate sponsors to get anything done in Washington.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  79. shane hatch

    congress won't impeach bush and cheney for one reason: they are spineless!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  80. Scott

    Why won't we impeach Bush and Cheney? Because this country is over – that's why. We're done. The crooks, special interests and the corporations have won.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  81. Russ

    Seems to me that the Congressional Democrats are more concerned about not pissing off their corporate donors than they are about doing the people's work – or even defending the Constitution.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  82. Jim Blevins

    They can't even get enough votes to stop the war, they could never get enough votes to impeach. Lets face it, almost half of the USA wants what Bush does.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  83. barry josephson

    Its pretty simple. they have no backbone. Plane and simple, it would be hard and no one wants to face the recation of the minority. Sad

    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  84. DON


    January 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  85. Kyle


    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  86. Jonathan McDowell

    I agree they should have been impeached long ago. Perhaps the votes aren't there, but we owe it to history to make the attempt. Why haven't the Dems done anything? Will they ever grow a backbone?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  87. Geoff


    It's politely called bi-partisan politics. It's liberally called fascism. It's ultimately unprecedented arrogance.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  88. Chinyere from Brooklyn

    Pelosi won't lead the Democrats toward impeaching Bush and Chenney because all of them on Capital Hill are scared and have their own skeletons to hide. I believe the majority of the American people would gladly support an impeachment of both the President and Vice President and there should be some provision in the Constitution for The People to start these proceedings if Congress is too chicken!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  89. Kenneth Bakken (Bah-ken)

    Congress will not impeach Bush and Cheney because they have no courage. They value themselves and their next election over the good of the country and truly upholding the US Constitution.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  90. Constance Prue

    Because they're afraid to bite the hand that feeds them. They are all complicit in the horrendous acts that have taken place in this administration.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  91. Jacques

    They won't impeach because they don't want to clean up Dick and George's mess in Iraq. They made the mess, let them clean it up. The longer Dick and George are in the White House, the more votes they lose. It would be a strategic mistake for Congress to impeach Bush. Dick and Bush are the best political campaign for the Dems.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  92. Pete L.

    One reason and only one reason: Congress is owned by big business which in turn is owned by the Bash Administration. That is why it will never happen.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  93. Jeff

    It is disturbing that Congress wont act. It seems that 90% of Congress are all in on the same joke that is being purpetrated on the American People. This is why the Ron Paul Revolution is so important

    January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  94. Tanya

    Simple, really. Political reasons (what else is new?). If there were to be an impeachment now, it would make the American public even more disillusioned with the government, not to mention the politicians. The Democrats can't afford to risk that with the upcoming 2008 presidential elections. For the record, I do believe Bush and Cheney should be impeached. Somehow though, the Dems' political aspirations appear to take precedence over doing what is right. Party politics over the good of the country? You don't say....

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  95. Doug B

    Impeachment at this point, would serve no purpose, the damage has been done-by the time impeachment proceeding began, they would be out of office. In addition, impeachment during Bush's rule would have made Republicans realize they made a very serious mistake. The only solution is to have the next president start a criminal investigation into Bush/Cheney rule.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  96. lance


    The only problem with impeaching King George and his lackey can be summed up by just mentioning her name–Nancy Pelosi. We already have 2 stooges running the country, if they impeach the job would go to that 3rd stooge.

    Columbus, OH

    PS. Just finished your book and I think it should be required reading for anyone serving in Congress. Keep on top of them.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  97. Daniel Grey

    I think its quite simple: America cannot bear further instability with this adminstration. Yes, I do think there are several valid arguments against Bush and Cheney, but honestly, can we throw all our attention to this matter at such a critical and dangerous time in our nation?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  98. william fitzwater , ca

    Impeach Bush thier is a double standard here as far as bill clinton goes but it comes down to this if you lie directly to congress even something as simple as a sexual indescrtion you will be impeached but if some one else lies to you you get off scott free.

    I think there has to be a line drawn here between imcompetence and out and out lieing.
    While I feel Bill Clinton was a excellent and beloved president he was a shifty indivdual maybee that is why his wife is dealing with that legacy.

    Bush is good solid citizen with questional judenment in foreighn policies so it boils down to imcompentce is what gets Bush & chenny off the hook.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  99. Harvey

    Congress will not impeach Bush & Chaney because they are the DO NOTHING Congress.
    Americans voted for a change (end of war and possible impeachment) hoping to find a do something congress. We failed.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  100. Michael Jorba

    The reason Speaker Pelosi took impeachment off the table is that she is afraid of the big, bad, LOUD Republican screech machine and echo chamber on the right. The fact that the majority of the county agrees with impeachment means nothing if she has to stand up to the maniacal far-right echo chamber. She is a coward, as is Harry Reid.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  101. Voters who care

    Because this country has enough to worry about. Impeachment proceedings would simply muddy the waters. We have managed to endure the Bush presidency to within a year of its end. Impeachment now makes no sense. Besides which, are we going to impeach the entire Congress? They are certainly not the pinnacle of success.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  102. RJ Friedman

    Because they aren't as naive as you, Jack. First, lets assume for the theorist's benefit that either of them did commit a crime, the term is almost over and by the time anything could possibly get done, they would already be out of office. Second, still assuming the nuts found some sort of evidence, congress and the senate can hardly get the votes for a resolution asking for a timeline, let alone an impeachment. And third, this time facing reality, the administration has not committed any crimes, cheated on their wives, or lied to congress.

    Oh wait, 'they lied about WMD'. Right, forgot sorry. They were such good liars, in fact, that every other intelligence community in the world believed them. Such good liars, that they fooled the Clintons!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  103. Cassie

    There are and have been impeachable offenses. The war in Iraq started with his lies to Congress. he would never have gotten approval with out these lies to congress and the American people. He should have been kick back to Texas a long time ago. Congress is afraid of Bush because they believe he is the Antichrist. If he is lets crusifie the SOB.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  104. Brad

    Jack, the American people don't care about the crimes of this administration. It was because Clinton's troubles were about sexual misconduct that the American people took notice and got behind impeachment procedures – though Clinton was brought to impeachment for lying, Americans looked at his sexual morals as the problem. The House and Senate are too worried about alienating their voters and would rather just be done with this Administration come January 2009.

    Brad S.
    Cincinnati, OH

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  105. eric steele

    Congress won't impeach Bush or Cheney because of the bad blood generated by Clinton's impeachment. The process was so disgustingly politicized in 1998 that no one has the stomach to go through the same thing again with the very next President, regardless of how much Bush and Cheney may deserve it. No administration has better fit the need for impeachment than the current one, but because of the legal travesty that was the Clinton impeachment, no one has the heart to pull the trigger now.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  106. Mike

    It's very simple, the Democrats would lose the impeachment trial, embarrassing them and their cause. Why would they lose? Because a 2/3rds majority is needed for conviction, and we all know that the Democrats do not have that majority.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  107. Gail

    If Congress started impeachment proceedings the act of kicking over that particular rock would expose all of the complicity of our elected representitives in the various money making schemes upon which the Bush Administration based their war.

    The coverup is imperative.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  108. David from South Dakota

    Although the current administration is fully liable to receive impeachment hearings, they never will. First of all, there's only a year left of their regime. Secondly and more importantly (and discouraging), Congress is full of cowards and special interest-laden bureaucrats that would stand to lose too much pushing for impeachment. Maybe two or six years ago it would have had some legitimacy, but what good is it going to do now is likely the communal sentiment in Washington. Sadly, though, if they do push for a war in Iran, an impeachment would have done great good. Also, it would need to involve both Bush AND Cheney; ousting the local loco for the 'man-behind-the-shadows' would likely be worse. I can only pray that the next year goes by with almost no action from the administration and whomever gets elected lives up to their claims of change...

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  109. Steve, New York

    Congress is content with the status quo. They are misrepresenting the people. We need a new Congress and a new president. I think Ron Paul is the answer to the latter.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  110. Al

    Nancy Polisi will not push for impeachment because along with all politicians, she may have skeletal remains in her closets that she fears will be revealed. The will of the people shall be carried out. If she doesn't do it we will fire her and elect someone else who will.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  111. Robert Mentzer

    The biggest reason is the Congress does not have the gonads to UPHOLD the Constitution of the United States. But, there is another reason. Remember the Anthrax attacks on journalists and Democratic Congresspeople after 9/11? This was NO accident. It was a direct message to BACK OFF the executive office. I agree 100% that this administration has broken many more Constitutional laws than Nixon. Bush/Cheney is well on the way to total destruction of this country and I do NOT believe it is because of incompetence, it is by design.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  112. Cory Martin

    Congress will never follow their own constitutional duties since the political game is to keep your job as long as possible. As long as congress people are focused on keeping their power (their elected positions) sweeping change is simply not possible... afterall... good behavior while serving in congress means a lucrative career as a lobbyist once you step away from your elected position.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Dan Vigil

    Jack, are you kidding, impeachment? And leave a clear sense of standards for the next Democrat President to live up to? Many people seem to continue to lay blame at the foot of Bush on these 'high crimes and misdemeanors' without letting the blame finger continue around the room. Democrats and Republicans alike are to blame for the crisis the US is in today. Democrats and Republicans alike voted for the war in Iraq, lifted no challenge on Michael Browns appointment to FEMA, etc. etc. To lay blame completely on the Bush Administration for what we have witnessed these past 7 years is dishonest, and refuses to hold those in power accountable for their lack of serving the public who elected them.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  114. Bill

    As a Republican, I must admit that I am nothing short of ashamed of the path this country has taken since January 2001. However, the impeachment process is not to be abused. It is reserved for the most notorious of offenses. And while it is understandable that voters are outraged at the current administration, that does not automatically give cause for impeachment. It was wrong when Clinton was impeached, and impeaching Bush now on the heels of the Clinton impeachment would set a dangerous precedent. Simply put, following one wrong with another – would not make this country right.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Taylor Hughes

    Congress is unable to impeach Bush because of all of the conservatives living in the 1800's in this country. So instead of impeaching Bush we should just get a barrel of water and bring him to capitol hill and ask him questions about all of the scandels in his admnistration, if he seems to have forgotten like everyone else in his administration we just waterboard him. I think that may get some answers out of him.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  116. Nick Cavallo

    Jack, Why dont you ask Wolfe?

    He's the one who tried to stop Kucinich from demanding a debate on impeachment at the last CNN Democratic Debate. Congress doesnt think there is support for this.....because of the media blackout on discussing it.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Max

    The reason that congress will not impeach Bush and Cheney is because they are all guilty of the same charges. Congress has been an accomplice in everything that Bush and Cheney have done. And there is no way the congressional leaders would put their ego's aside and admit that they are part to blame for the situation our country is in.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  118. Steve Manuel

    Jack: I asked/suggested this to you months ago. This is a Congress of cowards. We're governed by a body that is ruled solely by self-interest. They don't care about the people who elected them. Isn't that obvious? Clinton was impeached for getting a little on the side in addition to lying to the Grand Jury. This president and vice president (and others) have caused nearly 4,000 American deaths in addition to God only knows how many innocent Iraqis. The only I can figure is Bush has incriminating photographs of everyone is Congress.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  119. mommadona

    Why won't they?


    You don't think BUSHCO would pull this off without making sure there were accomplices to blame if it all went sideways.



    THEY are a part of the problem
    They cannot be a part of the solution.

    Nancy shot of warning flags the MINUTE she state an unsolicited statement that 'Impeachment is off the table.".

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Troy Hawkins

    The damage is done. As we know from Clinton's impeachment hearings. The Republicans in that one wasted valuable time on impeaching Clinton. Time wasted that could have been used to better America. It's the American evangelicals that put those crazy neo-cons in office. They were so focused on marriage for homosexual couples they let the rest of the country go into shambles. Trying impeachment now would just waste valuable time that can be used to untangle the mess those nutcase Evangelicals got us into.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Shirley

    Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table because it would bring out the skeletons in her closet. She and Reid are not clean. There is alot of dirt in congress that if Cheney and Bush were impeached would all come out about some democrats. Nancy knew this when the democrats took over congress in November. That is why impeachment is off the table.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Kirk

    Why would we give the ememies of this country even more food for discrediting this government? Like it or not, support it or not, this is not a time to attack a sitting president for something that only goes to show further partisan divisions within this country, especially while at war. If there is something to LEGITAMATELY go after either or both the President or the VP, do it when they leave office. If they are guilty at that time, by all means throw the book at them (then). This just goes to further show the massive divide between those of rational and irrational thought within this country. The dems are going to attack themselves right back out of power if they don't stop the bickering.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Rich

    Jack its because our congress is making a fortune off the war. Why else would they keep funding it.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Jim in Nebraska

    Because as a country, even though the majority of us can't stand the corruption and lies from Bush/Cheney, we are embarrassed, that as a country, we made the wrong decision on election day (twice). No matter how much we dislike our current President and VP, as Americans, somehow we're standing together in not impeaching them, to put on a good face for the world, while we watch the countdown clock ticking down the seconds until these two American war criminals are gone for good.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Lynn

    Because they are all incapable of doing anything. They do not understand that the American people are sick and tired of this "government for the people, by the people".

    I think it's time for Lou Dobbs to take up the flag for a "Citizen's Bill of Rights"....We have the right to a government that passes and enforces the laws that we the citizens want. We put them there, and we can take them away (and it's high time we do that)!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  126. Alisa Berman

    Congress won't impeach Bush and Cheney because they are impotent. There has never been another American administration in this country so wrought with scandal and corruption. I look at the headlines-civil liberties rolled back, our constitution compromised, abuse of veto power, croneyism, acceptance of torture, and all the profound scandals- and I feel like I live in a third world country. It's embarassing.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  127. Diane

    Maybe they are afraid to try impeachment. With all that wire-tapping Bush and
    Cheney must know every little secret about all the congressmen and women.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  128. Adam

    They will not impeach Bush or Cheney becuase that would entail the members of congress to perform some level of work... and I think we all know where this congress stands when it comes to work.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  129. john wagner

    Why won,t--. Look what happened to Senator Paul Wellstone. He was only voting against the war.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Bob Helmer

    Republicans severely cheapened the impeachment process by applying it for political purposes against Clinton. Now any impeachment is suspect, to the point that the American people won't stand for it. This is why Polosi took the option off the table, and this is the reason Bush and Cheney will not be impeached.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  131. Tim West

    If Bush and Cheney were to get away with their high crimes and crass incompetance, it would set a very dangerous precedent for the future.
    Impeachment proceedings need to happen for the good of future generations of Americans and their trust and respect for the executive branch. Pelosi and Reid have no right to take impeachment off the table- they need to remember who the hell they're working for.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  132. Brett

    A transition of power from the president and the vice president will effectively destroy the executive branch and all its dealings for the next year. I am a staunch liberal, and i would like nothing better than to see George W and Darth Cheney kicked out on their bottoms; but the fact is, in my opinion, we cannot afford to be leaderless. And do we really want our Secretary of State taking over? (Sorry Clinton and Obama, Rice just made the history you both were looking for.)

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  133. Rodney

    It's the money! The Executive and Legislative branches have corruption in common. It's the only uniter in Washington.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Judith

    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been bought and paid for. With overwhelming evidence against Bush and Cheney, I cannot for life of me see any other reason.

    I guess the "fix" is in, just like the first Bush election.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  135. Kyle

    Many of those in Washington are bringing in buckets of lobbyist money from the same organizations that put Bush in the White House. It's just more proof of how broken Washington is and it's pretty messed up. It almost seems to be a crime to not impeach these two war pigs.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  136. Bill

    The country does not need to divide its self more than it is. I do not approve at all of Bush, but feel we need to try and move away from the politics of hate and work toward giving the power back to the people. Impeachment hurt the republicans in the long run with Clinton, I see no benifit to proceed against Bush.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  137. Rex

    Many of us would love to see impeachment. However, Bush and Cheney are too plugged into the "good ol' boy" network that is Washington today. History will judge Pelosi's block on impeachment. By the way what kind of deal did she cut to take impeachment off the table and who did she make it with?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  138. Richard

    Why won't Congress take action to impeach? Because they are spine-less and don't care about this country, it's citizens, and the impact the actions of Bush & Cheney have had on average Americans. Most of Congress should go also.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  139. sophia

    I know why!! >>>raises hand<< because Nancy Pelosi would be next in line?! Seriously, I am clueless. I've been given to wondering if it has to be a sexual indiscretion to bring that about & who would want...oh never mind, that visual might blind us all. ok, scar us for life....

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  140. Huffman

    Why won't Congress impeach Bush? They would have to impeach themselves as well. Impeachment would be the pot calling the kettle black!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |

    The reason Congress won't move to impeach Bush and Cheney is probably the same reason the media has not wanted to touch the story about the 26 representatives, led by Dennis Kucinich and no Robert Wexler, who have co-sponsored a bill of impeachment. It took only 25 congresspeople to successfully move for the impeachment of Richard Nixon. The money (ie corporate contributors) are all opposed to upsetting the neo-con applecart.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  142. Matthew, Albany, NY

    Not to be a pessimist, but i suspect the Democrats are secretly in love with the Republicans and vice versa. They make excellent partners in high crimes and misdemeanors. As long as they both point the fingers at each other when things go bad, then nothing will get done and it will perpetuate the myth in this country that we need people like them. Its a vicious cycle of stupidity, pork spending, erosion of civil liberties and the steady decline of this country.

    They can't impeach the President, because then the American people will expect Nancy Pelosi, and that traitor Reid, to live up to the same standards that we were holding the Executive Branch up to...

    and they know they can't do it.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  143. Ann

    The threat of being anthraxed?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  144. CS

    In a word: Absolutely!!! Well beyond time! McGovern's saying what I've been saying for what feels like forever. I can't think of a more pertinent set of examples of high crimes and misdemeanors than those that have been committed by Bush, Cheney and their ilk. What are they waiting for? The only thing lacking is political will. On BOTH sides of the aisle.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  145. Bill Hale, Cleveland Heights, Ohio


    What people need to remember is that impeachment (which occurs in the House of Representatives) is just an indictment, similar to what a grand jury would hand down. Getting a president or vice president out of office then requires a conviction wich is voted upon in the Senate. It takes a two thirds majority to convict after an impeachment and the senate simply would not have the votes for that – certainly not in an election year when everyone is trying to look good for their constituency and not mean-spirited. So even if they were to be impeached, they would never be made to leave office. This would backfire on the democrats, because it would make the administration look invincible. We only have a year left in this fiasco, so let's leave it alone and focus on positive change rather than finger-pointing and calls for punishment. There will be pleny of time for that after the current administration leaves office.

    Bill Hale
    Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  146. Elizabeth Grant

    Of course. Any serious individual knows this. Wiretapping us – spying on Americans – is enough to impeach both of them. I could mention the treason of outing Valerie Plame. Maybe we should talk about torture and about taking people from foreign lands that have never seen the inside of a courtroom.

    Bush = Worse then Nixon. What is worse then Bush?

    I'm very concerned that if we don't hold them accountable for their illegal acts, we will see a repeat of this in my lifetime.

    I will never again support Nancy Pelosi when she failed to support and defend the Constitution. She has no right to personally decide what part of her JOB she will do.

    I'm a fierce independent and I strongly support Hillary Rodham Clinton, particularly because I feel she will investigate this administration when she is in power. I highly doubt Obama will, so I will not vote for him.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  147. marco barontini

    The Republicans have put party ahead of country even at their own political survival. Bush has taken his party right off a cliff. The Democrats , led by Reid and Pelosi, should be ashamed of themselves. How can one declare that impeachment is off the table even before you've conducted an investigation, your sworn constitutional duty. That rises to a high crime as grave as any that Bush and Cheney have committed.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  148. Dubey

    Congress is afraid that impeaching our president now would likely cause more economic instability and make us more vulnerable on a global level. If I were a Congressman, that's what I would be worried about – but I'd still do it anyway.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  149. Lenora

    As usual, Congress is way behind the people on this. Months ago polls showed more than half wanted Cheney impeached. Every word Senator McGovern said was true and it will be a blight on our honor if these criminals aren't impeached. We see people in other countries causing recounts in elections and sometimes changing the results when obvious crimes have occurred. We have been cowed by those in power and have watched as the Republic has been nearly lost–impeachment is the only remedy provided by our Constitution for what has happened in the past seven years. It needs to be done and soon.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  150. dr. bob

    Jack, The Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches have been bought and paid for by AIPAC/Neo-Con Zionists that also have Corporate Control including all of the Media. Those few Legislators know that to push for Impeachment means to loose their district funding, and their careers, amd their and their families jobs, would suddenly dry up. Sad but True, we have lost our country and our control to the special interests. It's no longer a level playing field, and the citizen is the one that looses.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  151. James

    Congress will not impeach these two because, most in Congress are just as guilty of crimes as these two are.
    Would be fun to watch though
    "The Blame Game", a new reality show

    January 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  152. J. B. Thomas

    Because Bush has probably illlegally wiretapped enough of their private phone
    conversations to give him ammo for blackmail if they try impeachment.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  153. Adam Grimes

    No one is arguing that there aren't plenty of legal reasons to impeach, perhaps even try, Bush and Cheney for their crimes. By not doing so, the Democrats are certainly following their pattern of passiveness.

    However, until the country is firmly on the path to (here it is again) change, it is not worth the political capital that would be needed to push the issue. Once Obama is president and we are on a new path, it will be worth the inevitable political blowback to try these criminals, if only to serve as a formal apology to the world for putting them in the White House in the first place.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  154. Lindsay Audin

    McGovern is not alone. The National Lawyers Guild also called for impeachment about a month ago. Merely starting the process of impeachment, which is hearings at the House Judiciary Committee, would be a major win. Doing so would nail down the legal basis for trying Bush and Cheney for their many crimes. If Congress gets just that far, a message will be sent that the Constitution, while bruised, is still alive. Besides – Bush/Cheney still have 11 months to screw up. Exposing just one crime during that time is enough to impeach them.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  155. Mark G.

    There won't be (shouldn't be) an impeachment. Quite simply the reward received – the satisfaction of watching him go down – isn't worth the cost to the country in the years of bitter bipartisanship that will be the result. We all remember the farce that was the Clinton impeachment and how that turned out.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  156. Doug Mishler

    Pelosi has taken Impeachment off the table" , even though the table has caved in from further scandle because she and "uncle Harry" are bought and paid for just like 98% of the rest of the Beltway theives.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  157. Ean

    It’s simple. The Democrats have focused on the 2008 Election. They give Bush what he wants, even thought they stomp their little feet and we see puffs of smoke from their little ears. But, they’ve sold out! They place party over principal and we the people continue to pay the price. They know that we have American Citizens presently being held under the Patriot Act (like Justin Philip Krest, a scientist now held 15 months against his will, denied legal representation, and being force to work for "our" govenment), yet do nothing to restore the citizenship and rights of our fellow citizens. If they give Bush what he wants and something happens, they can play the blame game versus holding to their principals! What cowards!


    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  158. Dee Lightner

    Why won't Congress impeash those two?

    Because if they did and the American People ever found out how easy it is to get rid of bad leaders, Congress is afraid we will dunp the whole damn bunch of them!!!

    Hey, that's a thought!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  159. Jeremy

    The congress won't impeach Bush or Cheney because the congress isn't an instrument of change, it hasn't been for the past 100 years, nor is it a a forum for representing the people. This administration sits arrogant and reckless atop an impotent Capitol Hill.

    Not until the blind and self serving in washington are replaced by caring and concerned Americans will we have a government that upholds the constitution, and God for bid, puts an effort forth to actually solve our problems.

    – Jeremy of Ohio
    Cafferty fan and Ron Paul supporter.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  160. Shannon O'Hara

    Pelosi promised change, and she has failed on her word. I was marching in DC at the beginning of the war, knowing that "weapons of mass destruction" was a ploy for Chenney to get his grimmy hands on the lucrative oil in Iraq. They thought it was going to be easy raping Iraq, but unfortunately the one's paying the price are our troops and future generations with the inconceiveable debt that has been accured under the Bush/Chenney watch. Impeachment is long overdue.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  161. Ivor Sargent

    A photo was widely circulated on the internet of a female protester carrying a placard reading: "would somebody please give GWB a blowjob so that we can impeach him"
    Congress appears to be awaiting a volunteer.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  162. Devon from PA

    The democrats are never going to impeach President Bush because they are afraid of possible consequences. If they impeach President Bush and the nation takes a further turn for the worse it could seriously effect their chances of winning the White House in 2008. If they stay the pace they are at now, even with negative public opinion of congress, they can simply blame President Bush and scream for a democrat in 2008

    January 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  163. Tom Burke

    Congress will not impreach the two clowns at the top because they are on the same payroll of the special interests. This is not a democracy by an oligarcy run by corporate america where greed aces true patriotism and desire for the common good.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  164. ANTHONY


    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  165. Paul Huber

    Having been in education for over 30 years the No Child Left Behind Act
    which was supported by of course everyone...George Bush and his
    little insider trading or advocating of the various programs to be used
    by the schools around the country is equivalent of or equal to Enron.

    The scientific research based program, Read First was bogus...
    there were millions spent on this unproven program touted as school reform.
    And as they say, Follow the Money.

    Add this to the list which has been compiled to this point to consider impeachment.

    Institutional Child Abuse.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  166. Phyllis

    Jack, This is a question that I have been asking for the last sevenal years. The two conclusions that I come to are either: Ms. Pelosi's and company's bank accounts have grown exponentially; or Ms. Pelosi and company do not want to meet the same fate as Senator Paul Wellstone.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  167. Vel Holman, Colorado Springs, CO.

    Congress won't impeach the president or vice president simply because they are more concerned with winning back the White House. It would be too timely and too costly. Bush has destroyed our reputation abroad and done nothing domestically. The democrats believe the damage is done, and the Bush administration will handily go down as one of, if not the, worst in history. That's good enough for them!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  168. Bruce

    Bush and Chyeney should be jailed for what they have done but that will never happen.The sad thing is that there are millions of people who think the end justifies the means and they support the bastards. We are in big trouble in this country with that mentality.

    Think about this: If a democrat outed a CIA agent they would have been tried for treason. TREASON! God help us.

    Bruce Hull
    Democrat, soon to change to independent

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  169. Hugh

    Jack, I'm an unabashed liberal and I'm embarrassed that we haven't gone after his joke of an administraion. They (The Right) went after B. Clinton for something that affected 3 people! This administration is affecting millions of lives with there horrible decision making (the war, Katrina the CIA tapes). Our Presidential Candidate and party need to not get bullied by the Cheyney's of the world. You hit a bully in the mouth and they show they're true colors and run away. I'd love to...oh never mind... We need to keep our core values and not apologize for them.
    --Hugh in Atlantic City

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  170. Charles Roeser

    If Congress impeached the duo, and were only half successful; where would that put us!

    Besides 1/3 of the Senate and the entire House will be too busy running for reelection to attend the event. Who's going to be there to vote? It takes 2/3 to be successful.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  171. Matthew Hirchak

    Congress will not impeach because the bums in
    congress, with the exception of Ron Paul, are all
    complicit in the Bush administrations crimes against
    the American people and the Constitution.

    Matthew Hirchak
    Torrington CT

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  172. Venan E. Thompson

    Dear Mr. Cafferty:

    The Republicans won't do it because the replacements will have a leg up on the nomination and the Democrats won't do it because the replacements, if they do a good job, might get elected.

    As it stands now, the Democrats believe any of their nominees will win in November. Why upset the apple cart? Even though the country is going downhill rapidly, it seems as if the next presidency is more important than anything else, even the lives that will be lost in Iraq during the next year.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  173. Deryl Dantzer

    Members of the Democratic leadership fear that rocking the political boat will drown the advantage they perceive over the leaky vessel manned by doomed Republicans. What they are missing is the understanding that they have joined the Republicans in a sinking ship named "Business as Usual."

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  174. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    Well because McGovern is a Moron first and foremost. McGovern also tried to impeach Ronald Regan and that went no where. Just because someone that is or was a politician says it does not make it real or doable. Almost 100 percent of Congress are Lawyers. If any of them thought they had a case against Cheney or Bush without implicating themselves they would have wasted the time to try and do it. Congress has no problem wasting time or money that is for sure. The logical conclusion would be they don't have enough evidence to do it.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  175. Jim

    The Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin. Their biggest difference is what special interest they represent. If the Democrats impeach Bush and Cheney then it would be a referendum on the whole political system and neither Democrats or Republicans want that because that would expose the corruption on both sides

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  176. Jess Edison

    Congress passed The Patriot Act without even reading it! If they tried to impeach Bush and Cheney, it would also serve to highlight their failure to protect our Constitutional, inalienable rights; you know, the ones that have been wittled away with legislation like The Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act, to name a few.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  177. Rick in Little Rock, AR

    The reason congress will not impeach Bush and Cheney, is simply this Jack. There are too many republicans in congress!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  178. Leonard

    Congress will not impeach the President simply for these reasons.
    Waste of Time.
    Waste of Money.
    Waste of Paper.
    Waste of Ink.
    Does not congress do that better than any institution on earth?

    Just think about the promise made by that last group just elected. Do you remember?

    Oh, I forgot it was a total waste.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  179. John Rinaldo

    Get real, the maggots won't eat each other! Their too busy eating on the moribund electorate.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  180. Per

    why can't impeachment proceedings succeed if they are started now? because bush and cheney got the gop members by their collective balls, that's why. they're all scared of these imcompetent idiots. the democrats? they're still the wimps that they are. maybe we need a revolution and kick everyone out ourselves.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  181. Sean

    A lot would say that the offenses laid out for impeachment are not in fact grounds for impeachment. The legal arguments could go on til the end of the Bush presidency and both sides would have truckloads of lawyers defending their positions. At the end of the day, just because a President is bad does not mean there is clear grounds for impeachment. Although, Bush's rulings may go against an individual's interpretation of the constitution there are many who believe he has acted within the grounds of the constitution. Ultimately, an impeachment trial is unneccesary and would only further divide the nation.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  182. Jim

    Impeach the Pres. and Vice Pres.? No. It would take too long. We should send both of them to Iraq to go Quayle hunting. An all-expense trip for three months paid for by the citizens of this country. It would be cheaper and faster.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  183. Chris Ramirez

    Perhaps because Congress will also need to impeach itself. After all, the previous and current Congressional leadership looked the other way during the Katrina travesty, gave Bush a “blank check” for the illegal war in Iraq. For crying out loud, wasn’t it the Democrats the one the one that gave its nod of approval when Bush stole the election?

    Seems to me this is a one party system, and perhaps we the people should impeach the Congressional leadership, Cheney and Bush. It’s time for a gov’t of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  184. Brenda

    Maybe because Nancy and her dems are spinless or afraid of something!! They can't even keep the promises made when they were elected.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  185. Chuck

    It's simple, Politics is more important than what's best for the country.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  186. Patricia Winston

    Try Bush and Cheney in the Senate during the last year of their termss? How many ways can you spell "not enough votes"?

    It would be too divisive for the country and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Let's just get the Bushies out the door in 2008 and don't look back.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  187. Bob in Seattle

    Republican's soured the idea of Impeachment with American's when they went after Bill Clinton for NO valid reason...... Because if it was so valid, they'd for sure be after the thug who occupies that same office today. But because Bush didn't get caught having sex, and having 3,910 die over his lies is not important to the average American, Britney Spear's life is much more important, Just ask the mainstream media.... All I can say is, if this bunch gets away with what they've done, don't ever expect to ever hold another pResident accountable.
    sad indeed,

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  188. Tanton Mattson

    The ones we have elected to keep people like these two in check, do not have the spine for it. It would seem that, as soon as we elect those to represent us and they arrive in D.C., a whole new way of putting their pants on is invented, which bears no resemblance to the way the normal (legal) U.S.citizen has to.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  189. Jim & Anne Wills

    The reason that the Congress has not already impeached Darth Vader and his Shrub is that they themselves have been the primary means used by this duo to rape the Constitution, as they have repeatedly rolled over and abdicated their responsibilities to serve as checks and balances to the Executive Branch. In fact, they have fawned and simpered at these war criminals' feet as they politely hand them every tool they need to set up a fascist regime, and they know it.

    Jim & Anne Wills
    Farmville, VA

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  190. John G Kahan

    The reason for no impeachment, to put it bluntly, sorry ...but nobody has the balls!
    Everyone is worried about who will be elected in November and to hell with the good of the country! The democrats alone do not have enough votes, and the wimpy republicans in office are worried about upseting their base, so screw everyone and leave these oil loving, money grubbing jerks in office. Bush was right on one thing ...Mission Accomplished, what he was really talking about, (being in the oil industry for years) going out of office with oil $100 a barrel, sitting pretty! Mission accompolished Dick!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  191. Fred

    Why won't Congress impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?

    Nancy Pelosi doesn't want the job of President of the USA. Maybe she feels incompetant and has no idea how to fix the horrible messes) that the Bush-Cheney regime created in the name of national (in-)security and his so called 'war on terrorism' being fought over the Iraq oil fields.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  192. Zack

    Pelosi took the question of impeachment off the table for simple reason:

    She and the Bush/Cheney are fed from the same hand, the special interest and elites who own this country. The real test of our democracy will be when the constituents of Pelosi in San Francisco hold Pelosi accountable for not impeaching Bush by impeaching (voting) her out of office.

    A true anti-incumbent revolt is the shortest way for claiming back our democracy.

    San Jose, CA

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  193. Loius Wu

    Get with it, JacK! We do partisan politics these days! Too **** with the good of the nation!

    1. McGovern is irrational and irrelevant and clearly was when he ran for President. Nixon? Nixon was a fool! He had that election locked up because of McGovern's antics and he was so paranoid he blew it.

    2. WHY would the Dems want Bush gone? First of all, Darth Vader then becomes President AND, even more important, they lose the perfect opponent for the 2008 elections! Don't run against Huckabee or McCain or Romney- -run against Bush! Have you listened to the Hill? She is!

    3. This is equivalent to the Republicans not wanting the Hill not to get the Dem nomination. They figure practically any Republican can beat her.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  194. sam toler

    it is all about the money. the military idustrial complex and big money love what they are doing and they control congress's purse strings. until the government cuts those ties and start working for the citizens of the U.S., it will continue.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  195. Steve - Iowa

    It must be because this institution of Congress and the Executive has become an animal of arrogance, partisanship and greed (a very bad combination) that have long ago convinced themselves that they were elected to rule rather than to serve America. Too many find themselves in contempt as well including the person who stated that impeachment was "off the table." That arrogance demands significant scrutiny. Do these people go thru a re-orinetation process once they are elected to erase all memeory of what they have said they believed in?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  196. Kevin Hart


    The democrats won't impeach Bush because they don't have anywhere near the 67 votes in the Senate to remove him from office after the House impeaches him. What they should do is cut a deal with Republicans by offering them a "Gerald Ford" way out of the Bush administration. The first step is to impeach Cheney and offer him a pardon if he leaves office willingly. If not, Senate Republicans and Democrats vote to remove him. Then allow Republicans to name his replacement (Bush will have to submit the nomination). Then tell Bush he's next if he doesn't leave office by resigning (he also gets a pardon for his trouble). The point is to allow the Republicans to continue to hold the White House until the election. Democrats do the right thing and get most of the credit and the nation gets new leadership NOW not a year from now. Bush and Cheney do avoid the inevitable lawsuits and possible criminal charges associated with their actions. Everybody wins something.

    OK, I'm dreaming but it did actually happen back in the 70's!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Matthew

    Bush and Cheney will never be called to task for what has been done under their watch. I would not be surprised to see Bush to issue blanket pardons to Cheney and all of his "Good Ol' Boys" that have been carrying out their orders on January 19, 2009, the day before the next elected president is sworn into office. Then to see him resign on the spot and have the Chief Justice swear Cheney into office, only for Cheney to issue a pardon for Bush and then to resign himself. Then the next in line, Nancy Pelosi, gets sworn in as President for the day and enters the history books as the first female President. Meanwhile Bush and Cheney ride off to the Texan sunset, raising their middle fingers to the country and laughing all the way to the bank.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  198. justin

    Because jack.. Their all pea's of the same pod... and if they hold them accountable now.. then they wont be able to use the same tactics when their side takes the white house... no harm no fowl...both parties have been complacent in trying to destroy this once great nation...this isn’t about America anymore... this is about destroying everything America once stood for and turning it over to the 1 world government... that’s why I’m voting for Dr. Paul.... because this country needs reborn in the image of our forefather’s.. Not in the image of our cooperate slave masters...
    Viva Da R3volUTION

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  199. Drew

    Impeachment at this point is not realistic. What really needs to be asked is what will the Democratic Presidential candidates have to say about prosecuting the case once in office. That the person I will vote for!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  200. mike scourby

    The Bushes will never be impeached because unlike Clinton the Bushes are in the pockets of the real people who have the real power in this country, the ceo's of exxon/mobil, shell, conoco. ect. Our country has long been sold to corporate america. The Bushes will not be impeached because the real power people are the same 1% of the population that owns 99% of the wealth of the country. The old money, not the newly rich.

    Plus we have a congress both democrat and republican who dont care about America and the American people all they care about is their wealth and power. But then that is the nature of a politician. By deffinition they are ego driven power driven people.

    Our coungress does not have the guts to impeach Bush there is nothing in it for them. Nancy Poloci should be impeached for malfecience. Doing nothing when you know you should do something is just as bad as the people who have commited the crimes.

    Yes Bush should be impeached. Our country is bleeding and no one in power give a crap.

    thanks Jack

    mike scourby knoxville tn

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  201. Emerson from Greensboro, NC

    Our leadership will not respond for the same reason MOST politicians don’t respond. SELF INTEREST. Most of today's politicians are guided not by a moral compass, but rather by one that protects their rear ends and forces the American public to pay for it. It would appear that Machiavelli might have been correct. Most people are fickle, easily manipulated, self-interested, and wicked. It’s just a shame our nation's leadership would rather be the Machiavellian example, and not the exception. God help us all.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  202. Janice McDavit-Aron

    Pelosi will not impeach Bush and Cheney for two reasons. Number one, she has made the political calculation that the Democrats will have a better chance to win the White House in November if people are still trying to kick out Bush. Number two, Carl Rove must have something on her. Unfortunately Pelosi, Reed and even John Conyers (who is letting them intimidate him) have forgotten the reason why they were actually elected: to protect the United States Constitution. NOBODY is going to care if their minimum wage was increased if we are all dead in WW III's nuclear explosion.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  203. Bob L.

    Will it make a difference?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  204. Patricia Wallace

    It is beyond me, Jack, why congress refuses to impeach, these two are guilty of subverting the Constitution and responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of innocent people, destroying the reputation of the United States in the eyes of the world surely these are high crimes. I also hope to see them tried for their war crimes, somebody needs to step up and take these guys on. My Christian Right friends called for someone to assassinate Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica, I guess I am not that good a Christian i only want to see them held legally responsible for their despicable and immoral acts. Pat Wallace

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  205. Bill Foble

    Mrs Polosi's answer is impeaccment is not on the table because it would hurt the democrates. She forgets she does not represent the Democrates. She reprosents the American people, Plus it is the Houses's duty to impeach when an admonistration has abused our civil rights and commited treasonable acts. I feel that if you gave that bunch a six grade exam on "Cival Rights". They would flunk.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  206. MS

    The impeachment of Pres. Bush is an unnecessary plan of action. It will just muddle the already messed up system Bush has forced upon his own people. Think about it, even a necessary plan(s) of action put forth before Congress have not taken flight. It is just unfeasible. No, Congress will wait till Nov. 2008 and with the sweet taste of Democratic victory, they will heal and rectify this dysfunctional system. Time will impeach bush from our memories and make just a bad bedtime story to tell our grandkids.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  207. Mark

    It is time to stand up and take back our country. You ask the reason,democrats will not take action to impeach Bush and Chaney? Easy, it leaves the door open for them in the future, to commit the same crimes even worse! It is time for change, Impeach Bush Chaney NOW!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  208. James Anderson

    our friend John Nirenberg, having WALKED from Boston to Washington DC collecting Petition signatures to put impeachment back on the tablea, will be waiting to meet Pelosi tomorrow. SHE SHOULD MEET WITH HIM AND HEAR WHAT THE PEOPLE THINK OF THEIR OWN CONSTITUTION. See Marchinmyname.com -this is what America is about. Thanks, Jim and Kate Anderson

    January 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  209. David S. McCracken

    Congress won't impeach Bush and Cheney because the Republicans will block it, just as they have blocked so much needed legislation since they lost their majority–having blocked consideration of it when they had their majority. They will block impeachment because they don't take their oath to defend the Constitution seriously. Politics is the name of their game, even as they whine about the Democrats playing politics. Too bad they can't all be impeached for failing to impeach–as they should be–but would block!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  210. Charles Reaves

    Nancy Pelosi's refusal to keep impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney "off the table" was a big disappointment for me. From the bloodless coup de tat, in which President Bush stole the presidency in 2000, to the fradulent, illegal invasion of Iraq, to the destruction of CIA files to destroy evidence of illegal torture of prisoners of war, Pelosui had and still does have plenty of ammunition to use against the President. Congress has a legal responsibility to defend the Constitution and to hold accountable those high ranking and elected federal officials who fail to defend the Constitution. Because of this, Ms. Pelosi, in my opinion, is guilty of gross negligence in the performance of her duties, because she has preemptively dismissed the possibility of the due process of impeachment. A really good book on this topic is "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office", by Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky. I think Ms. Pelosi is a coward and should always be remembered for her failure to protect the American people from White House corruption. Ms. Pelosi, too, should be impeached for the same reason.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  211. Nancy Cox

    Dear Jack,
    Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney should be impeached for many different reasons the first reason is for flying "Bin Ladens" family members out of this country after 911 when no one else could use air space. Not one of you journalists or Washington reporters have ever asked Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney why that was done. They know where Bin Laden is! As for Nancy Pelosi God I'm sorry I voted for her. OH and Jack why do you dislike Hillary so much?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  212. Cynthia Gutfranski

    You know as well as I do that this won't happen but I think it is about time that the People of" THIS GREAT COUNTRY" Tell People From Other Countries That We Don't Like What's Happening Here and maybe IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE MENTIONED!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  213. Jim Sheldon

    Impeach Bush and Cheney with the laws that have been passed, and anyone with a hand in it would be declared to have an "extremist belief system", under s-1959 of 2007, and a terrorist with no habeus corpus. The congress is too afraid of the Bush Reich to desent and be sent to Gitmo or worse.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  214. Pastor G. M. Overall

    Jack, this congress finding their way home at night would be a huge accomplishment. As for them doing anything about Bush and Cheney and their complete disregard for the rule of law would be in my opinion a modern day miracle. To have control of the house and senate and not be able to curtail any of the damage this administration has done not only to us but the rest of the world shows just what they are made of and what they really care about. This administration has embarrased us all around the world and we have become a joke to even third world countries. Oh well, i guess you don't govern with the administration you want but with the one you have.

    Pastor G. M. Overall
    Independent and glad about it!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  215. CS

    Is Fairview, TX, in this country? On this planet??? On what alien source(s) does Rich base his rant?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  216. Mike

    This administration has been careful to cover its tracks. They find a scapegoat( Scooter Libbey ring a bell?)to do their dirty work, then convince him/her that they're doing the "patriotic" thing(the same way they convinced Democrats they were being "unpatriotic" if they didn't vote for the war... suckers) then the promise of a pardon to seal the deal. Lies, manipulation, and intimidation have gone a long way for the "Bush Mafia".

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  217. Joe Democracy


    Bush & Cheney should be impeached just for being the poorest excuse for a President & Vice President that I've ever seen. But congress will not impeach them for high crimes & misdemeanors, for they are above the law. Don't think so, just ask them(Bush & Cheney)

    Joe Democracy

    Jasonville, In.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  218. J D Morrow

    If we don't impeach Bush and Cheney, we need to take the "I" word out of the Constitution. McGovern is correct, this is far worse than Nixon.

    The reason I believe they won't impeach Bush and Cheney is because the criminality involved goes much wider, deeper, and higher than Bush and Cheney.
    It would expose the men behind the "curtain".

    J D – Sherman, Tx.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  219. Tom

    I don't believe Bush and Cheney will ever be impeached because the Democratic leaders have been co-opted. Early on, Pelosi and Reid have more than likely been brought in on some of the decision making of the Bush administration and therefore have become complicit in the entire process. How else could you explain their lack of action at any level against this monstrous administration?
    Thank God for George McGovern! Let's hope he's started something and that somebody, anybody has the guts to take it to its logical conclusion...Bush and Cheney branded by history as criminals!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  220. PJ


    I believe the reason Congress will never impeach president Bush and vice-president Cheney is because the Democrats are holding on to a slim majority that they would lose should they attempt to impeach Bush. The number of republicans that work accross the aisle would refuse to come accross again and the bi-partisanship in Congress will disappear as the Republicans, who repeatedly side with Bush on Iraq, will do so again. Also Congres is barely holding onto a double digit approval rating. The moderates who so overwhelmingly turned towards the Democrats in 2006 will back away and place their support again to Republicans. Congress can not afford to do what Democrats believe needs to be done

    Harrisburg, PA

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  221. Fred

    The answer is very simple. If the impeachment process where to begin, too many of the crooks and cronies in our government would go down with them. Its like a game of dominos, if one goes, many follow.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  222. gloria deegan

    Jack I, was just asking my husband why was this great country letting this president and vice president screw us and not do anything about it? I'm so glad to hear that McGovern wrote this article . He certainly has my approval if he needs it.
    gloria deegan

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  223. Elvis

    Impeach Bush & Cheney?

    Let me count all the reasons why!

    But there were not enough votes when time permitted, and now not enough time remains before they say goodbye.

    And as we so often are reminded, in a so-called “wartime” we must support our commander-in-chief.

    Even if our constitutional liberties he has taken like a thief.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  224. Ronald Potter

    Congress won't impeach Bush or Cheney because the idea is completely laughable. The two modern examples of impeachment proceedings were ludicrous. Clinton's impeachment was totally without merit as what he "did" was a personal matter, not Executive. And, as we now know from history, the impeachment of Richard Nixon was nothing more than a Democrat-partisan lynch mob (with some yellow Republicans in tow). From Hiss to the 1960 race to Vietnam, history proves that Nixon's impeachment was a total abomination towards one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.
    There is nothing that President Bush has done that warrants even considering impeachment. George McGovern, albeit enjoying senility, is just ramping up the rhetoric to swing voters towards a Democratic candidate in November. This tactless tactic will be seen to be nothing more than pure dirt. Perhaps he needs his diaper changed.

    Ronald Potter
    Niagara Falls, Canada

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  225. Amber R.

    The only reason impeachment has not and is not occurring, is because there is two much interested invested in the power Cheney and Bush carry. In the past we have seen just how lucrative their decisions have been for corporations. And frankly, what multinationals want, multinationals get. What is undesirable by corporate standards, simply does not happen, and right now, that is impeachment. Legislative and Executive powers take corporate interest greatly to heart and pocket.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  226. Tyler

    Absolutely impeach Bush and Cheney! What is taking so long for this to happen? They have done immense harm to America, our constitutional rights, and have done nothing less than rob the tax payers so they could fight a war and steal oil only to sell it back to the financers of the war at higher prices, to rip us off even more! This is the biggest heist in human history! Enough is enough, put these tyrants in a court of law and give them the book! May they spend the rest of their days behind bars thinking about all the horrible things they have done out of greed. Their lack of respect for human rights and to follow the protections our forefathers put in place to make sure the government was not ruled by a few brutal people has been completely ignored. Furthermore, individual American protections have been violated as well. If these guys can get away with this then America needs a new war, not overseas, but right here, so we can recapture our government, and give it back to whom it belongs...the true patriots, the Americans that make this country truly a great place to live and work. They have turned this country upside down and laughed in our faces while doing it. It is time to take the smug looks off of President Bush and Vice President Cheney's faces. They are selling our country out, and there is not a bigger crime that can be commited by an official, especially at their ranks.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  227. Scott Primeau

    I have no idea what kind of back room deal must have been made that took impeachment off the table but it must have been one hell of a deal. Maybe Bush has naked pictures of a young Nancy Pelosi that will become public if she moves to impeach.

    That impeachment is off the table is likely the most offensive, disgusting and egregious moves that I have ever seen. George McGovern has nailed the situation like nobody I have heard, and I have heard a lot! I couldn't believe it when Nixon was exposed for his callous disregard for the rule of law and the constitution, but at least he tried to hide it. Bush and his "Culture of Corruption" crew don't even have the decency to try to hide it, almost like they are daring Americans to try to do something about them!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  228. rich

    Impeachment, this would not be allowed in the new United Corporations of America (formerly known as the United States of America).

    January 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  229. Zack

    Why? Because the Bush administration, and likely its supporters in various lobby groups, appear to have at least been smart enough to have made many Democrats complicit, or at least knowledgeable, of its misdeeds. There is already a lot of evidence that in many cases various politicians, Democrats and Republicans, personally benefited from those misdeeds too – like Denis Hastert. The circumstances of the Sibel Edmonds case (the subject of a 2007 documentary, “Kill The Messenger”) brings some of that to light Pelosi and Conyers know it and they are obstructing justice as a result.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  230. Thomas F. Roache

    A Bush/Cheney impeachment is warranted & necessary, BUT it won't happen because the GOP has the resources & clout in Congress to PREVENT it! It's IMPORTANT for AMERICA to understand that we need to clear out the Congress of "Lifetime' politicians, replacing them with well educated Patriots that will serve their country for 2 to 6 yrs., correct the imbalances, and RETURN to their 'day job'. Professional 'Politicians are the cancer of American Politic's. Let's get back to what's best for AMERICA, NOT their WALLETS!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  231. Dorothy Murrphy

    Impeach Cheney and Bush?

    Are you kidding me? It is an election year stupid, why would Congress do the right thing? They are too busy preparing their own re elections.

    So we have to put up with these two bozzo's for the next 378 days, I pray we will see that day we say see ya!! Write when you find real work...

    PS: you are not really stupid..

    January 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  232. Joe

    I sent a comment similar to this by e-mail to Jack.

    However, perhaps the Democratic Congressional leadership thought they would allow the Administration to "foist themselves by their own pittard." I think they miscalculated how successful the Administration would be in being able to survive by lying to the American public. As a student of history, I checked on the Federal Law myself a few months. Senator McGovern is correct. The President and Vice President have committed crimes against the American people at no less levels than Benedict Arnold and George III

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  233. Dean Strohmeyer

    If we learned anything at all from the Clinton impeachment proceedings, it is that in order to obtain a conviction in the Senate, one needs a bipartisan vote in order to obtain a 2/3 majority. Does anyone with a rational mind think that in our totally polarized political environment an impeachment conviction would win one single Republican vote, regardless of the merits of an impeachment case?

    Furthermore, Bush has precisely 1 year and 13 days remaining in his term. The country is and will be till Nov. 4 totally occupied with the nomination and election of its next leader. If impeachment were to go forward with ultimate success, it wouldn't happen for perhaps 6 months; then we would have, as a result of a double impeachment, 5-6 months of Nancy Pelosi as our 44th president, before the inauguration of the 45th. To put the country through such an ordeal is perhaps the nuttiest idea I've ever heard of in my 72 years! GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  234. Zack

    Why? Because the Bush administration, and likely its supporters in various lobby groups, appear to have at least been smart enough to have made many Democrats complicit, or at least knowledgeable, of its misdeeds. There is already a lot of evidence that in many cases various politicians, Democrats and Republicans, personally benefited from those misdeeds too – like Denis Hastert. The circumstances of the Sibel Edmonds case (the subject of a 2007 documentary, “Kill The Messenger”) brings some of that to light. Pelosi and Conyers know it and they are now obstructing justice.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  235. Bill Schreiner

    Because of FEAR. The Bush/Cheney operatives have instilled fear in everyone. This email is – as we know – tapped. Screw them. They have not lived up to their responsibility ot preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. If they had no fear, they would let us know who Cheney saw for his energy talk.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  236. Jon Bee


    It is apparent to me that this administration, somewhat following in the dusty footprints of the Nixon administration, has spied on some of our own people for their political expediency.

    Warrantless electronic eavesdropping on politicians by the NSA to be able to hold something as a trump card against those politicians in the event they should get out of line. It might not even be against the politician themselves. It could be against one of the family members!

    Imagine that the Speaker of the House, right from her start in that position said Impeachment was off the table......Hmmm....What is it that "they" know that she doesn't want to come out either about her or someone else in her family tree?

    Think about it. She is the leader of the Democrats, a large percentage of whom want the "boys" impeached, and she has been adamantly opposed to it.......

    That tells me something......Kind of, "read between the lines"......

    Well Jack, I've got to go now. I've just destroyed my future career by this comment, since I'm sure that Ft. Meade has id'ed me or will id me when they get to my comment.

    KBR contracted camps in the US of A, here I come.......

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  237. Robbie Collard

    Not only should Bush and Cheney be impeached they shold be court marshalled for war crimes against humanity their lies have caused a lot of deaths, injuries and economic problems. Sadaam did no worse by all the people he caused to die. Why should the lying murderers we have in office be entitled to anything less than what they gave Sadaam. It might also help get us back on the right track with the International community to know we hold the same standards to our own as we do to others.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  238. Jim McCulloh

    Why won't Congress impeach Bush and Cheney? Easy! Impeaching Bush and Cheney would require moral courage. Congress has neither!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  239. Linda Crawford

    I honestly think that the members of Congress with few exceptions are afraid of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. I recall Tom Daschell getting Antrax in an envelope when he spoke out against the Iraq war plan. Perhaps that was a subtle hint from uncle Dick and Cousin Rove that they better march step or else.

    Also all the illegal spying was most likely on the Democrats and the few Republicans brave enough not to march behind Bush like little ducks behind their mother. So there is probably lots of good blackmail material in the hand of Bush-Cheney.

    They really deserve to be impeached and to go down in history as self-interested incompetent arrogant corporate aristocrates who harmed our country.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  240. Stanford Thompson

    The reason congress will not impeach anyone in the Bush administration is because they were the enablers. If you remember when the Bush administration was committing all these crimes, they had the support of most Americans; Congress riding the wave of the polls, was eager to cash in on Bush popularity. Congress was not interested in what was right and had no thoughts of integrity to right or wrong, only getting ahead in the polls and pursuing their political careers. Now that more facts about how wrong they all were have been establish, they are not willing to proceed down the right path, because Bush can always say that they play a major part in all the wrong doing. It's like seeking to punish the criminal that you'd help to commit the crimes.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  241. John Dombrowski

    The Establishment won't impeach Bush/Cheney because there is only one party in Washington right now. The INS. And they all want to stay there. They promise different things ( whatever the polls say is popular) but they all deliver the same thing to the same people. The middle class working family continues to be duped by this supposed two party system.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  242. todd

    It's just too late!!Lets take away his libary.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  243. Nick in Half Moon Bay, CA

    The reason Bush and Cheney have been able to get away with high crimes and misdemeanors is because the "media gone wild" approach to news coverage has turned even the most serious breaches of law into a bizarre of entertainment presented from personalities on the left, the right, the outrageous, the clever, the sexy, the provocative, the cynical, and occasionally from the serious. (I bet you can pick yourself out of that lineup, Jack). Because it's all about ratings, every issue is hyped making it difficult for the electorate to take anything very seriously. As long as ratings (and corporate influence of the media through ownership, advertising, relationships and other economic networking) drive the presentation and coverage of the news Bush and Cheney can dismiss it as just more over hyped exagerration. And most Americans will never know when something really serious has happened. Capitalism run amuck is at the root of the problem.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  244. Curtis Ekstrom

    Congress won't impeach President Bush because of the control Bush has exercised over public debate in this country after 9/11. Democratic cowardice is the product of this. His words have been calculated from the onset to limit debate and force his militaristic version of national security on the American people: damn the costs to our troops, our treasury, our Constitution.

    Congress is made up of congressmen and -women who pay attention to their party leaders who fear the political consequences of challenging a man no one seems capable of containing.

    The bottom line is the lack of respect for the Constitution that every candidate but Ron Paul exemplifies. Article 1, Section 8 doesn't apply to any political party anymore.

    Why follow the Constitution when it's not even referenced anymore in the debate?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  245. Dave Czonke

    There is a good reason McGovern was defeated when he ran for President. He was "out in left field" the and he still is today. All the left wingers have done for the last 7 years is call the President a liar and call for his impeachment. Never, never have they produced any evidence of any impeachable offense. They (McGovern and Cafferty) can cry wolf all they want – it doesn't compute any more because they can't back up any allegation with real evidence. Disliking someone's foreign policy is not an impeachable offense. The war in Iraq is "Our War" not "Bush's War". It was authorized by Congress – both Republican and Democrat. Get over it and quit trying to distract the American people from the real issues.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  246. Jim Bridges

    I believe the Democrats are afraid to impeach Bush and Cheney. They have been browbeaten so often by the conservative attack machine they are afraid to assert themselves and hold both the President and Vice President accountable for violating the Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Then too, the Democrats have been complicit in a number of these violations, so that can be awkward as well for them. At their best, I believe they are trying to avoid partisanship – but I do not believe this impeachment proceeding would be truly partisan, except perhaps for the Republican defense. Let's face it, international laws have been violated by the United States government, including those against torture and inhuman, degrading treatment.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  247. Silvio Renzulli

    Dear Jack,

    Nothing would please me more than to see Bush and Cheney impeached and I wholeheartedly agree with Mcgovern's sentiments. However, it is a pointless step because the Senate is narrowly divided by 1 vote, which means it would be a party line vote and we would need republican support to convict. Jack, you know as well as I do, the republicans would never vote to convict Bush and Cheney. So its a pointless effort, since it is doomed to failure. Aside from that there is less than year left in Bush's term and with so much going we don't need the distraction of an impeachment that has no chance of convicting our much deserving President and Vice President.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  248. Dan Kibbie

    What? Impeach the "Torture Twins"? You've got to be kidding. Who would lie to us? Who would spy on our emails, phone calls and libraries? who would keep the forests "clear cut"? Who would help keep the oil companies tax supports up and cut the childrens' health care ? who would keep Cheny's old company, Halliburton and their contracts from being competitive?. Who would keep the air and water pollution up to snuff? Who would protect Blackwater's "Good Fellas"? And who would edit the reports about global warming or autorize the waterboarading? You can't seriously think we could do without these two heroes? Cheney von Richalieu and King George"The Lesser." How could we do without these two upstanding clowns?.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  249. Garrett

    I wish the answer was as clear as the evidence pointing the blame at Bush & Cheney but its not, my only logical guess is that the motivation is selfish in that congress wants to protect their parties image and not draw attention away from the font runners in the 08 election. This is exactly why I am voting for change in 08

    January 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  250. Dave S.

    It is well past time to impeach Bush and Cheney. It should have been done immediately after we found out they lied about the facts that led us to the unnecessary and burdensome war in Iraq. Congress hasn't pursued it because they lack the courage to oppose the corporate lobby, which loves this administration for their support of corporate profits and provides alot of campaign money to members of both parties. This is the reason that Edwards, Paul, and Obama and other new faces are gaining support; people want someone who will do what is right for the people and the country regardless of what the neocons and their corporate supporters want.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  251. Brantley Thomas

    Simply because Pelosi nor Reid have the balls to take down this corrupt and most devious President in history. They do not have the "backbone" of a Truman.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  252. Tom Bennett

    Who controls Bush and the country? Big Oil and big military. Our policies have been a huge boom for them and devastated the country and ruined our image in the world. I pity the poor Democrat who has to try and fix this mess.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  253. Dorral

    Impeachments are for mala en sa crimes like those conducted by Mr Nixon. Wasn't the impeachment of Mr. Clinton a joke and waste of time? Sex in the oval office with someone other than their spouse and then lying, under oath, about it. No one seemed to really care....did they. Bush and Cheney.....how much tax payer money and congressional time would it take, and again, who would really care. The facts are twisted, congress is complicit, well I guess it depends on what your definition os is is....see what I mean. Let it go and let's elect a proven, truthful, experienced president to bring respect back to an office that has been discredited since 1992.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  254. Miss M

    The underlying issue here is the fundamental assumption that the majority of elected officials act honorably. The reality is that at all levels of politics around the world the larger population identifies only a small portion of biased, unethical, and calculating missteps made by "leaders" in office. Here we have Bush and Cheney, both of which have committed heinous crimes against the people of this country and abroad but they do not act alone. The system held responsible to impeach them is the very foundation enabling sustainability. Dismantle the current process of impeachment and maybe we're on to something. Our current means of checks and balances are inherently flawed and general complacency is taking over the world. Hence, a blog question like this in the first place. The idea is "Let's talk about why this won't happen" instead of "How do we make this happen?" "Is it the right thing?"

    Miss M.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
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  256. Bobby

    Bush and Cheney have had an extensive career in politics. Their families have been involved in it for decades. The word Dynasty describes it best. I wouldn't be surprised if in the future you see another Bush relative running for office. Let's face it, the oil industry is one of the biggest things in our economy. Papa Bush knew this over fifty years ago when he bought his first oil company. If the leaders of our future find an alternative means that has a demand for an energy source thats higher than oil, I wonder what our Royal Family will do then especially when we are no longer dependant on it. Bottom line Jack, we all know that they are well connected, they have friends that control the media, so the American people are fed only what they want them to be fed. Seeing is believing, and I'm sure you'll agree, and if they can make things disappear by claiming that it's an executive priviledge, there's no way we can gather enough evidence, or get the right people to push the issue of impeachment, when everybody in their realm is on the payroll...

    Bobby in LI

    January 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  257. mike

    the reason congress wont impeach these criminals is because most of them have been bought off or blackmailed, ie, Bush's illegal wiretapping. If he goes down, he's going to take a lot of them with him. If there was an investigation, they would find so much corruption even the republicans would have to vote yes for impeachment or get run out of office.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  258. Andrew Thiele

    I honestly believe that the majority of our representatives do not fight the good fight anymore in Washington. Why, because they are not true representations of the people they serve. When was the last time you saw a man or woman who made an income of $40,000 dollars, had children in public school, or who had to pay a high interest rate mortgage represent their state in Congress. You don't.

    We only hold our representatives accountable for their actions or lack of actions until their next election.

    It would be nice to get what we pay for, when I pay for something that I don't think is holding up I take it back to where I got it from and demand my money back. It would be to do that with our representatives.

    Andrew Thiele
    Omaha, NE

    January 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  259. Craig Swanson

    Bush and Cheney will not be impeached because they are from the same plutocratic elite which determines who will/will not be impeached. Presidents aren't usually "tip of the pyramid" Plutarchs, so they are susceptible to corporate power. Not these guys. They'll be impeached when THEY say so!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  260. Noah

    I think there are many reasons, most of them green. Actually what color is the euro or the looney? Either of which are better investments than the old greenback.

    Thomas Jefferson is rolling in his grave.

    Those two have made tons of money for lot's of people in and around Washington. And that's the root of the issue. Our government is supposed to be of the people and for the people. Our government has been overtaken by greed. Lobbyists and corporate pac money rules the land. Whether it be ethanol, tamiflu, Haliburton, big lumber, big oil etc. Dig a little and with everything they do either they themselves or cronies of theirs are making money on it.

    The rest of Washington is probably still waiting for their promised run on the gravy train.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  261. Lee

    We have a better chance being hit by an asteroid than we would getting congress to impreach either one of them. Our elected leaders check their backbones at the door when they enter congress. Bush tells congress what he wants, they salute and walk in lock step.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  262. Jim

    Because it is too late,he leaves office in one year. If there was still two years of his presidency left, then sure.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  263. Mag


    Impeaching the president and vice president is looong overdue. We spent millions of dollars on President Clinton's "lie" and his actions did not compare to what our leaders have done. Shame on them and shame on the american public for voting them in a second time.

    What is this country coming too? Why are they not at the end of the impeachment process – instead american's sit and wait for the next great president. I can only say I hope it is a woman...

    January 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  264. Dean

    If we impeach the President and Vice President, the next in line is the Speaker. Maybe Nancy took impeachment off the table because she just doesn't want the gig.

    Besides, at this late date we would get them out of office about the time of the next inauguration, which would make it an empty partisan political move, and I have had my fill of those

    January 7, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  265. Paul, Brooklyn NY

    I hope you get responses from people a lot more insightful than I am, because I don’t have a clue why “off the table” Pelosi refuses to open up the debate on impeachment, and why the public outcry for accountability is not deafening by now.
    These two thugs have taken this once great country to depths that were unimaginable a decade ago. They have destroyed our economy and put us in a position to be in debt to China, our potentially greatest threat.
    “High crimes and misdemeanors?” How about treason and felonies? Jack I don’t know why impeachment is “off the table” but if that doesn’t get changed soon, I fear that what’s left of America a year from now may be beyond repair.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  266. Michael

    Because they have no conscience. However, since the evidence is beyond overwhelming, why not impeach President Bush and Vice President Chaney (and those of equal and lesser guilt) through a citizen's arrest?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  267. Rod, Dallas, GA

    In an oligarchy, the elites rulers look out for one another.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  268. Jerry Ashby

    I've thought about that over and over again. Certainly congress can see the mess this President has done, And then I think what is wrong with this President Is he ignorant? Then I think no It can't be that because he's got people to tell him. Then I think there is no other possibility of anything else, he's a criminal and he doe's not care. Well why then dosen't congress act? It must be the two criminals have something on Nancy Pelosie, and on Harry Reid, So maybe almost all of them are criminals. Because it is their Job to do the will of the people and their doing the same as Bush. What ever they want. And most of America wants them impeached. Thats why their numbers are so low.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  269. Amy Ferrara

    We can't blame anyone but ourselves if investigative proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee do not begin. Please wake up, fellow Americans. In view of the deaths and injured, as well as resources wasted, it is late, but NEVER too late to do the right thing.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  270. Ruth

    I have been asking if candidates would pardon them if they are brought to justice after their term ends. Any answer of yes equates to "no change – continue doing what you please because you will not be held accountable".

    January 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  271. David Snider

    Jack, I believe 80% of Americans would vote for Impeachment and prosecution of the Bush/Cheny Imperial Presidency if given the chance. Mosr people I talk with are embarassed by how they have trampled on our Constitution and rule of law
    Thank you for asking the question that has apparently been the "white elephant in the room" of all our media and polititians.
    Thank you keep up the great work. David Snider
    P.S. Is your new book available as a book on tape or CD?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  272. Gerald L. Agliata

    Dear Jack,
    The reason that our congress will not impeach Bush is because they do not fhave the guts to exercise their constitutional right as a co-equal branch of government to stop Bush and Cheney for the last 7 years. Congress is clearly complicit in all that the Bushies have brought us, war,lies, destruction of the middle class and more.

    To ask congress to impeach Bush and Cheney is like asking a jury of criminals to convict one of their own.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  273. Alberto Pereira

    Jack, I agree with practically every word your read from George McGovern's call for impeachment of Bush and Cheney . My reasons for agreement with McGovern are varied and wide, but above all, is the fact that the administration lied to America about Iraq's Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction buried somewhere in Iraq. Still, after much time wasted in searching for those "weapons" (and very qualified people took part in the search) our government's youthful army was forced to invade Iraq and so began the war in which tragically, has cost our country close to 4000 lives of the young fighting men and women who answered the call and went to their deaths and to crippled bodies and minds! based on a great American lie - which even our vaunted press corps found so believable it failed to be of any help to ward off this hodrrible misadventure and tragedy which historians will write about for generations to come.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  274. Dale Weaver

    Dear Jack,
    The reason Congress won't impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney is because both democrats and republicans are still supporting the flawed policies their crimes have promoted. They both currently support the war in Iraq and Patriot Act . To publicly expose that the war and the lose of our civil liberties were based on puposeful lies, deception, and crimes of Bush and Cheney would show how even more flawed are both parties for continuing to support the same policies. The only candidate I know now that speaks the truth to this is Ron Paul when he says it was mistake to go so it is mistake to stay, but you and I know the powers that own this country don't want the general public seeing just how ridiculous both parties are. All I can say is register independent and draft Ron Paul / Lou Dobbs ticket.

    Dale Weaver
    San Antonio Texas

    January 7, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  275. Jeff

    The answer is simple, both Democrats & Republicans are being seen as pigs at the trough. As long as the status quo is maintained, nothing will happen.

    This is why people like Ron Paul are a breath of fresh air.

    Unfortunately I believe a democrat will win the next election and fail to address the real issues that people like Ron Paul understand.

    You don't become the most admired nation in the world by building an empire. Honestly whats the difference between where America is now and what Germany was doing in the 1930's?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  276. Bobby-Joe

    Good Evening Mr Cafferty: It's quite simple why Congress won't Impeach Ol' George & Dicky. They all drink from the same Well... Bobby-Joe, Edinboro, PA

    January 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  277. James

    Congress won't impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney because Nancy Pelosi along with all the other democrats are cowards. These so called "house democrats" do not care about the people they were elected to serve. They only care about special interests, and the Washington lobby Jack. It's a shame these politicians have forgotten so quickly and easily that when your leaders do something illegal they should be held accountable. Boy do I wish Paul Wellstone was still alive.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  278. Ken Humphrey

    I regard both of them, each one of them (1.) As criminals, first. (2.) Congenital and habitual liars. (3.) Incompetents of the first order. (4.) Unbelievably stupid and paranoid, (on Bush's part particularly). (5.) and in Bush's case, a dysfunctional illiterate.
    If I could look past these five fatal flaws, they might be guys to sit down and have a Courvosier with. Nah.
    Ken Humphrey, Emerald Isle, NC

    January 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  279. Dennis Ayden

    The American people long ago rejected the ideas of George McGovern. His latest diatribe on impeachment proves only that he has learned nothing over the intervening years. It is such extreme partisanship, on both sides, that has plagued the country for years. What's next Jack; Britney Spears' endorsement of McGovern's comments

    January 7, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  280. Barbara Ford-Latty

    I feel that the president has continually abused the constitution in both domestic and foreign policy, by signing statements that declare his independence from the parameters set by the legislature. He may sign them but evidently he feels no obligation to carry out the portions he does not agree with.

    Congress does absolutely nothing to limit this one man’s audacious disregard for constitutional law. Clinton and Nixon were impeached and censured for less. So I ask, what is going on? What can this one man hold over your head that would the Congress into servile drones instead of intelligent, capable leaders of our nation? So you lose your job. Get another one.

    Only 3 senators support censure and of course they are Democrats. I think it is high time for this Congress to stand up and make a stand for our democracy and halt this slide into a virtual monarchy. If you do not stand up to Bush, you are as culpable as he. It is time to censure this president and hold him accountable.

    I quote here the Declaration of Independence to demonstrate that the mandate of the people has always and will forever be for a fair, just and democratic leadership.

    …But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty… to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; …
    A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people…
    Declaration of Independence

    January 7, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  281. Larry in Leesburg

    Jack, Cheney and Bush needed to have been impeached long long ago, but it is not going to happen because Nancy Peloski does not have the man parts to take it up and even if she did, she also knows that the Republican puppets under the Bush and Cheney strings would provide the votes needed to make it happen.

    It is just another example of our do nothing Congress who are more concerned with making sure they stay in power, get hefty pay raises, and only have to work a 3 day work week to keep the status quo.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  282. Mark Fife

    That's an easy one, Jack. Ignorance of what their oath of office to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" really means, fear of the political backlash in the upcoming elections from the right wing echo chamber and defense and communication industry campaign contributors, and complicity in enabling the intentional all-out assault on our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    Think about it, Jack: why would the telecommunications industry and their allies in the Whitehouse and Congress push for retroactive immunity for clearly violations of 4th Amendment and FISA domestic surveilance laws if no crimes were committed by all involved?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  283. Dana

    I have thought long and hard about this issue. The only reason not to impeach them is because Congress is scared. Scared of What is the question? I think this Presidency has taken us "America" to the lowest we can go. Other Countries along with The Middle East can't stand American's. If other nations really thought that the American people wasn't behind this Adminstration; then possible it would put a bigger target on America. I'm not sure what is worse The Presidency or Congress. Bush cares nothing for what the Americans want, only what he wants; meanwhile, Congress sits on their hands doing nothing about the issues we elected them to do. The real Problem is that politicians continuously lie. We elect them and yet they do what they want not what they promise.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  284. Mary

    I can't figure it out Jack. I can see why newly elected House members who might want to impeach, hesitate to start anything. What I can't understand are the House leaders. Are they so wrapped up in trying to show that they can bring back Congressional congeniality that they won't move against the White House criminals for fear of upsetting their Republican colleagues? Whatever, to me they are aiding and abetting criminals.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  285. Ken Humphrey

    THE REASON: Neither Pelosi, nor Reid have the anatomical appendages necessary to do a most necessary job. They have failed America by not instituting Impeachment proceedings over ten months ago.
    Ken Humphrey Emerald Isle, NC

    January 7, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  286. Kathy Streber

    Because they forget who put them where they are. The previous congress is the one that should have done it and we voted them all out of office. Bush's face was priceless when he discovered that "we, the people" actually employe him.
    And I have never been so embarrased then when he ignored the people of New Orleans. He could've just picked up the phone and sent help. The fact that he didn't speaks volumns about his character as a human being. And I dispare at everything we protested for in the '60's..Remember when it was commonplace to speak your mind back then? If we're not careful the wrong people will be running this country again!
    Rochester, NY

    January 7, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  287. Judy

    Good question Cafferty – I'm just guessing, but I think Pelosi cut a deal with Bushbehind closed doors. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  288. Robert McKissick

    I wrote already...but after seeing a couple of comments here need to add additional thoughts. Besides being gutless and pathetic...it is not a waste of money to impeach...it will at least put a footnote in the history books on what crooks these two are. With the trillions wasted on a baseless war...the money would seem trival.

    Impeach.org...at least sign up...

    Bob McKissick

    January 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  289. Ron

    The Democrats won't bring up impeachment because of the political partisan impeachment of Bill Clinton by the Republicans. Every Republican who voted for Clinton's impeachment should really be looking at impeaching Cheney and Bush, as they have actually violated their oath and powers!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  290. Ilene

    Because as has been said, Bush is Satan and they are all afraid of going to Hell with him if they get him mad.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  291. Dale in San Antonio

    Dear Jack,
    Congress will never impeach Bush and Cheney for their obvious crimes, because to do so would show how ridiculous both parties are in still supporting policies created by deception, lies, and crimes. Ron Paul is the only one I know who states the obvious about the Iraq War "if it was a mistake to go in its a mistake to stay" All I can say is register Independent and Draft a Ron Paul / Lou Dobbs ticket its the only chance this country's got.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  292. Nancy

    The election of Nancy Pelosi as the first women speaker of the house was a political highpoint cut off before it even began when she immediately took impeachment off the table. Politics is all about timing. Barack Obama, in just five short days has lifted the veil of denial from the minds of a critical mass of Americans, lifted it enough to create a sense that we DO have control over our destinies as ordinary citizens.

    NOW, the political timing is there. The door is open to build support for impeachment. It will be very interesting to see if Pelosi is willing to follow the American people through that door and onto impeachment of both Bush and Cheney.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  293. Chuck

    W.B. in Las Vegas;
    THANK-YOU! For your answer to "Rich in Texas." Well stated!
    Chuck Ohio

    January 7, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  294. Robert Zanger

    Jack, as an ex-Renoite for 20 years: Yes impeach them. And the reason Pelosi placed impeachment off the table is simple Bush-Cheney could not have gotten away with the "Crimes against humanity" or at least crimes against the People & Constitution of the United States is that too many member of Congress and the Senate were complacent to those acts. Add to this the Corporate scallywags who helped to form and implement these policies, and My Lord the Jails would overflow.


    January 7, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  295. John Thompson


    I think the Democrats don't want to divide the country the way the Republican Congress did in its adversarial, nit-picking attempted pillory of Clinton. He was a victim of his own arrogance, being in the bubble of the White House. What Bush has done can be considered far worse (its results certainly are), but the impeachment circus would have taken all our time time and energy, losing what little we had that was left. There are enough circuses in Washington, don't you think?

    January 7, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  296. dorothy delong

    I probably wont see this on tv but i am sick of you men on cnn being so critcal of women you try to convince everyone that women are not smart enough to be president. just where would you men be without a woman.[ i mean your mother ]in case you dont understand. because hillery shows emotions she is human after all. she has emotions same as everyone she can get angry or cry sometimes that shows strength. i hope everyone see the need for a real person as president..jack dont be so mean and it wouldnt hurt to be human and admit when you are wrong.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  297. Tom

    Jack its simple THEY HAVE NO GUTTS

    January 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  298. Micky S. Mayer

    I wish they would have, but the numbers are NOT there! Bush and Cheney are the worst thing that has happened to this fine country. We were and continued to be lied to. My future grandchildren will be paying for it, our environment will be paying for it, the morals of this country and our reputation is ruined (for the time being).
    They are rich men who made profits during this made up war. Its a shame@

    January 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  299. Dave Czonke

    Would all you people, stop your complaining and open up your memories? What is going on now is a direct result of the 9/11 attack. The proximate cause of that is attack is 8 years of ignoring the terrorists by the Clinton administration. That being said, no President (democrat or republican) could have survived after 9/11 without declaring war on "all terrorists and the States that support them." That is what Bush did – with the approval of Congress. That is factual history and is not an impeachable offense for the President or Congress. This whole impeachment call is a distraction by liberal Democrats to try to get unknowledgeable voters to forget the real issues. You know, the ones this Democratic Congress promised to fix if they took over Congress. Have they fixed anything? Will they ever fix anything? NO. Why? The Democrats have the same agenda as Republicans. "Taking Care of Themselves." We should all be looking for canidates independent from both political machines.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  300. Johnny

    No Jack,
    nobody is going to be impeached, and for a number of reasons.
    First anf foremost they won't be impeached for the same reason that nothing else gets done in this country, because nobody in america cares enough anymore. we're spoiled and the laziest nation on the face of the earth..
    can you imagine if this was a third world nation; faced with what has been perpatrated against the american people by this administration, the lies and deception, wiretapping, secret prisons, torture, ad nauseum. There would be tanks in the streets.
    where are the protests, the boycotts, the workers strikes? where are the tanks Jack. we need to make them stop, we already know that nobody else will stop it.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  301. J Clark

    Pelosi is nothing more than a Republican in a dress. She took an oath to serve and protect the Constitution, yet she has worked hard to dismantle it. She needs to be removed from office along with Bush and Cheney. The only way she might redeem herself is to put Impeachment back on the table and initiate proceedings.

    At this point, I seriously doubt if we'll ever be able to recover from all the damage Bush and Cheney have done to our country.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  302. Bill Ryan


    I believe that congress won't impeach Bush and Cheney, because the majority of congress are bought and paid for and they are afraid if It starts hitting the fan, they may be dragged down with them!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  303. Jay L. Conrad

    The reason impeachment is off the table is because they are almost all complicit in this illegal war in which they gave President Bush a loaded gone knowing what he was going to do with it: Carry out America's stated policy of regime change for Iraq. That is why there is no Phase II investigation of how Pres. Bush misused the Iraq pre-war intelligence. Because if they do conduct a legitimate investigation of Pres. Bush and themselves they will be convicted of war crimes. Now would a complicit Congress convict the President of getting caught? That would not only open the Congress up to war crimes through their affirmation by impeaching the President, but could you imagine the tab America would be paying for War Crimes against Iraq. Say $10 Trillion and up would be a good starting price. That's why Pelosi took impeachment off the table because she does not want to have Congress convicting themselves along with this treasonous President. Now they know they must all hang together, or they shall all surely hang!

    January 7, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  304. Maxine T. Turner

    As a simple matter of convenience, even if an impeachment trial is not

    put together, we will nevertheless have a central place to collect and publicize

    all the dirt the Bush persidency heaped upon us.

    The FOX hounds really need something like this.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  305. Carlos Martinez

    Jack, i just watched your short piece on CNN regarding the potential impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney. WHY will CNN not report on the fact that presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has been aggressively submitting articles of impeachment against Cheney and Bush? We CURRENTLY have a candidate who has been taking a brave stand for what is right, and the media perpetually ignores him. ABC excluded his voice from this Saturday's debate... and I equally blame CNN for narrowing the voices Americans get to see on mainstream TV, which is against the democratic process in principle.

    January 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  306. Kate

    Dear Jack, Bush and his cohorts are sociopathic. They have us hogtied, wide-eyed, and terrified. Until we can be released from the fear that this present group in the Whitehouse have us under, we will never be able to recover some of the great things that America used to stand for. Nancy Pelosi, and congress, should understand that the country needs to put Bush, Cheney, et al. through the impeachment process in order to help heal the wounds they have inflicted on the American psyche whilst they have been in power. The integrity of the US has been destroyed in most of the world, and yet the America I know and recognize (comprising of the ordinary everyday folk) is one of the kindest, compassionate and most reliable in times of trouble, no matter where in the world it is happening. When you have someone like Cheney (Darth Vader) saying it is okay to torture, cheat, lie, and murder what kind of message is that to our own youth, soldiers and the rest of the world. I am so inflamed with the rhetoric of this group of vandals in our government, that I feel I have no power at all. Maybe an impeachment proceeding will help to give the ordinary folk back a feeling of empowerment which has certainly been stripped from the american society over the past eight years.Thank you. Kate

    January 7, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  307. Denise

    OK, so we impeached President Clinton for lying about an affair, WHO CARES WHERE ANY PRESIDENT GETS LAID!!

    Mr. Bush and Mr. Chaney are war mongrels and a disgrace to say that they are the leaders of my country. Who did Mr. Bush "_ _ _ _" to have his tail protected.

    I commend McGovern for having the courage to print what is right, why why why is Mr. Bush and Mr/ Chaney being allowed to do what they are doing???

    Haven't they lied? And lied about our nation’s actions and information that we look to for their leadership. Why Why Why are they allowed to get away with IT??

    January 7, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  308. Ed Jatho

    Jack! What are you thinking man? Repeating this dribble? Congress will not impeach the President on these issues simply because it would not have a leg to stand on. Iraq was a legal war before the President even made the case for it, Iraq was in violation of the terms of its treaty from the first Gulf war, in missile development, in repeated violations of Northern no fly zone among other things.
    Oh, by the way, I've worked in GTMO and we've been trying to do the right thing from the start. Bush is, if nothing else, is true to what he believes, he believes in protecting America, other free nations and in Freedom.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  309. Barbara Bonham

    President Bush and VP Cheney have not been impeached because our Democratic Representatives are following a failed strategy by looking to the next election to solve all of our problems. The problem with this approach is that it makes them complicit. They ALL swore an oath to defend the Constitution. (Republicans and Democrats) This is not a PARTISAN issue. When excuses are given by Representatives that "impeachment will divide the country" they obviously have forgotten it is their duty to be a part of the system of checks and balances intended by the Founding Founders.
    We didn't do anything when there was an illegal war against Nicaragua, or when we sold arms to Iran in a deal to free the hostages; by allowing those abuses to go unchecked it left the same players to continue into future administrations. The list of reasons to call for (at the very least) an investigation of impeachable offenses is proving that both parties do not want to pursue impeachment because both parties want to be able to operate with impunity in the future.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  310. Ean

    It’s simple. The Democrats have focused on the 2008 Election. They give Bush what he wants, even thought they stomp their little feet and we see puffs of smoke from their little ears. But, they’ve sold out! They place party over principal and we the people continue to pay the price. They know that we have American Citizens presently being held under the Patriot Act (scientists being held against their wills, denied legal representation, and forced to work for “our” govenment), yet do nothing to restore the citizenship and rights of our fellow citizens. If they give Bush what he wants and something happens, they can play the blame game versus holding to their principals! What cowards!


    January 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  311. Joel Norton

    Because We (the people) have gotten so lazy we won't even stand up for our own rights!

    How will Congress know what we want if we don't write and let them know. It's our job to motivate Congress. Write now; "No impeachment equals no re-election for our senators and representatives."

    January 7, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  312. Shawn Gilbert

    Congress won't impeach Bush and Cheney, as they clearly should, because this administration's Politics of Fear has been successful. Everyone's running scared about everything. This is a very sad time in our nation's history.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  313. Charlie

    Thank you Jack Cafferty! Please continue to tell it like it is. When you report the voice of America... satisfied or discontent, we all win and it inspires hope. The future is in our hands. You are a consumate journalist and I respect your work and approach. These are volatile times, but real patriots believe in this country and we need guys like you to cut through all the politcal crap.

    Please... don't ever give up... no matter what you face.. the truth is all we have to look forward to. Peace to you and Wolf.

    All the best,
    Charlie Collins

    January 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  314. JoBro

    Don't impeach Bush & Cheney.

    When they have left office, indict them, try them, convict them...and send them down to Gitmo, baby!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  315. Spencer

    It seems apparent, those politicians who used the 911 conspiracy of leadership and military into office that their judgment was monumentally bad if they could not figure it out and resist. The conspiracy was so large that it would have been career suicide to speak against it. It was not stray terrorists from the Middle East but a conspiracy of the rich and powerful from "our own side" who's contempt for their own country and countrymen was unbelievably profane.
    Giulianni is still running his political career on his "heroic" part in that. Hillary went along with it as a political windfall of "sidedness". Now political animal would want to admit they were part of that. Apparently the only guy who has half enough courage to speak and vote against what happened is Kucinich.
    We should all take a lesson on this and how entrenched hierarchists conform to popular untruth of working together against pretend enemies to get rich.
    We are in the era of the billionare politician who will use every manner of deceit to make it big. There are very few that get found out. If there were away to make certain these criminals could not profit from their time in office we might be a lot better off.
    A purposeful conspiracy of the top leadership became an impromptu conspiracy of taking advantage of the "big lie". The reason there will be no impeachment is that the impeachors have too much to answer for and would be outed as it were if they tried to manipulate the information. They all keep each other's secrets and know each other's dirty deeds.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  316. Patrick Wright

    The evidence is extensive. "Dicktraitor" Cheney and King George should face charges in an International Court for crimes against humanity. At the very least, they should be charged for treason and high crimes in the U.S. Therefore, it is fairly "conservative" to say these two scoundrels deserve impeachment and censorship ten times over. Why are the Dems frozen? Tradition! The Independent Counsel, a Democrat, let Reagan off the hook during Iran/Contra "for the good of the nation". VP Al Gore certified the 2000 vote, despite huge discrepancies, "for the good of the nation". John Kerry did nothing to challenge the Ohio vote in 2004, in spite of obvious election fraud, "for the good of the nation". I don't know if our nation can take much more good from the Democrats.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  317. John in Chadds Ford PA

    Good question Jack. So how come "The best political team on television" hasn't analyzed that for us? You have spent months on the Iowa caucuses involving a couple of hundred thousand citizens and absolutelely zero on the same number who have signed Represenatative Wexler's petition for impeachment. How about John Nuremberg walking from Boston to Pelosi's office in Washington (marchinmyname.org) to press for impeachment? What about the front page in yesterday's Sunday Times? So why hasn't CNN told us anything about these news items? I really would like to know why Bush and Cheney aren't being impeached so how about excercising some media responsibility and call for it along with those of us that care about this country?

    January 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  318. Bryan Hickey

    Why won't congress act?The other question is why won't the media, even the so-called liberal media, report it? Why has the NY Times refused to print Congressman Wexler's call for impeachment? Who are they protecting and why? There is a significant nationwide grass roots movement for impeachment that has been ignored by virtually the entire national major media (present company excepted). Self-interest and expediency has replaced civic responsibility and constitutional duty. By their inaction, they are all complicit in these treasonous crimes against our republic. How much more of our nation must be destroyed before they are moved to action? Lacking the moral leadership to oppose the travesties committed by our government, how can our nation and the constitution survive?

    January 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  319. Ronald Holst

    The Main Reason For Pelosi Taking Impeachment off the Table has Run form
    It would be a distraction From the 08 Election to If They Do they will get nothing elce done .
    Jack Firat If she is more concerend with any election than Justice She dose not diserve To Be Speaker In fact She should be voted Out of Congress all to gether
    and as far as getting any done Don't make me laugh What Have they gotten done except keep caving in to bBush any way.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  320. Steve in TN

    The Dims and the Bubblicans are both in bed with the same whore. They both are involved in scandals and cover-ups and election fraud. This government is worst ever in history. People want change but are being hood-winked with the CFR ponies they have to vote for this election cycle. Hillery cries and says she doesn't want to see us fall back... translation I don't want them to open pandora's box and discover how complicit so many of us were in the destruction of America 09-11-01. No there will never be impeachment hearings. Scew Amerwica! Silly voters!

    January 7, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  321. chris chismar

    I can't agree with Mr. McGovern more! Bush and Cheney took an oath to the constitution of the United States of America, not defense contractors, not oil companies, or any other special interest. They have violated the constitution and the american peoples rights and interests in so many ways. As you pointed out Mr. Cafferty, Ms. Pelosi says we won't have impeachment hearings. She also took an oath to the constitution, for that reason I believe she should be required to begin hearings. The reason that I believe there aren't hearings is because she and many of the other congresspersons are afraid of some future transgressions that they may commit and have to answer for.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  322. David P. Vernon

    I am getting progressively more and more frustrated with a political debate that is almost all about ideas and completely divorced from the objective realities. Political governance is about the art of the possible, about compromise, about achieving the best outcome within the real and immovable constraints of time, money, process, and difference of opinion. Talk is easy and cheap. Governance is difficult and expensive. What one "believes" has to take a back seat to what one can accomplish, how it must be done to work, and what the consequences will be when it is done.

    Nobody has been talking about the duties of the Office of the President, which is what Bush and Co have actually botched. Nobody is talking about what can be done, now, that will make things even the least bit better. The bottom line on impeachment is that, given the current makeup of Congress, it cannot succeed, but it would waste a huge amount of the time and money of the people of the United States. Doing something futile and expensive in order to appeal to an ideological group with no practical sense is just stupid.

    Read my lips – government is not about morality, about right and wrong, about what should be. It is about tax money, our money, spent either for the public good, or to line the pockets of the influential, or some of both. It is about laws passed, either for the public good or for the good of special interests. It is about foreign relations for the benefit of the US or the benefit of US based special interests. It is about that which can be passed by both Houses of Congress, signed by the President, and not later overturned by the Supreme Court. It is about doing the best that is possible under the circumstances, circumstances which are never ideal. It is about acceptable compromises, inevitable compromises, about no group or party having the power to simply lay down the law its way. It is about "protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Not "defending the United States", but defending the Constitution of the United States.

    The Presidency has no power to "make policy", only to take action in accordance with the law, the Constitution, and existing ratified treaties. It matters little what the President believes or says. It matters what the President actually does. We do not need another great speech maker in office (we have one now!), but we do need a seasoned and experienced chief government executive. That is what GW Bush has not been – a competent executive. That is what we need now – a competent executive. Especially one who knows what a President can do within the law, what a President is barred from doing, and what a President must do to fulfill the duties of his/her office. What Senator is prepared to direct the submission of a balanced, or even a sane, Federal budget? What Senator is prepared to fire Pentagon Generals who do not know how to follow White House orders? What Senator is prepared to know what orders a President should give, and what he should leave to the soldiers to decide? Which candidate is prepared to select and appoint 3,000 competent professional managers to run the 1.5 million person US Civil Service?

    Where is consideration of what really went wrong and what we really need to get it right? Enough of this "inspirational speaking" crap! How about a Competent Administrator? Well?

    January 7, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  323. Tom

    Simple....fear of "what goes around comes around".

    January 7, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  324. Lyla Anton

    Well, Jack, more than 70% of our good citizens (remember all the roses
    and chocolats thrown at Bush after 911?) would be made to look pretty
    stupid. Not to mention all of our Congress.

    Bush is going to be our shameful "elephant in the room" for a VERY long
    time. It is not bad enough that the Rpeublican Party decided to try to merge
    money and religion and this vague, nebulous word they use like tympany,
    "VALUES!" It decided that we really ARE "Masters of the Universe." But
    it decided it for ALLLLLLLLLL the American people. And ALLLLLLLLL the
    people of the world.

    Abu Ghraib, G'tmo, the American "conversation" or "debate" deciding to
    torture or not to torture, NSA spying without warrants, outing CIA operatives,
    the 2000 election, the 2004 election, those 16 infamous words, incompetence
    generally, incomepetence specifically, rendition, "Katrina" generally, "Katrina"
    specifically (as in letting people die and having an aide, 4 days later tell Mr. Bush
    he just MIGHT wnat to fly over the situation. A DVD provided by the was needed
    to convince this president.) Oh, My, etc., etc.

    George W. Bush and Mr. Richard Cheney would start out being Impeached.
    But if they actually were tried for impeachment, it would turn into a trial of

    The shear corruption of the Constitution, not to mention the other "lesser"
    thing like graft and other RICO Act activities with their lobbies and no bid
    contracts with Blackwater and on and on....

    The reason they'll never be tried is because their offences are Treasonable.
    And most Americans can condemn innumerable Iraqis to death, as incidents
    of war. But they don't have the guts or courage or civility or humanity to allow
    Mr. Bush and all of his administration to have a public and expositive trial that would "allegedly"confirm that those people committed TREASON.

    There is only ONE option, under Federal Law, if found guilty. Death.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  325. Brian

    Because Bush and Cheney hate our freedoms, one of which is to impeach them.

    Their threats of terrorism make them terrorists. Plain and simple.

    Impeachment is not an option, it's an IMPERATIVE, regardless of how vile their threats. Make a dictator ACT like a dictator!


    January 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  326. David P. Vernon

    BTW – why not impeachment? Because there are 47 loyal Republican votes in the United States Senate, and will be until after the new Congress is sworn in in 2009. That is also the reason that Congress has accomplished so little of what the "people" wanted from the 2006 election – too many Republican Senators were elected. It takes 60 votes in the Senate just to get a vote on a bill in the Senate. With only 53 votes in the Senate, two of them fellow traveling independents, the Democrats do NOT control Congress, and do NOT control what bills get the the Oval Office for veto or signature. The only powers the Democrats gained in 2006 were over the House agenda and over the subpoena power. Bush and his gang still have the "stopper." Control of the House is not control of the Congress!

    The system has its rules. It has had them for a long time. It is stupid to expect something else to happen. The media should know better than to talk about "Democratic control of Congress", something the Dems lost in 1994 (over gun control, of all things!) and have not had since.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  327. Raplh

    The President and the VP have lead the country down the wrong path. If they have committed crimes they should be held accountable and prosecuted. Some people in this blog refer to the impeachment of President Clinton. He DID NOT get impeached for his sexual activity with an intern. He was impeached for LYING to a grand jury. Everyone on this blog would have been charged and prosecuted for the same crime, no matter what the lie is about.

    January 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm |
  328. Beatrice Winkler


    Congress will not impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney because they are COWARDS. Most things are not simple, but that one is. Bush and Cheney have committed crimes against the Constitution, for which the framers of the Constitution wisely gave us a remedy–impeachment. But the spineless Democratic "leadership" in the Congress is so afraid of what Mr. 29% and the rapidly imploding Republican party might say about them, that they'll just sit on their hands while the Constitution, and America, goes down in flames.

    The Clinton impeachment failed because the people did not support it; the Nixon impeachment drove that guy from power, because the people got behind it. A growing number of people are demanding impeachment hearings now. Why can't they listen–the Congress is supposed to work for us!!

    January 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  329. Hal Lehman

    Jack, this is THE question that should have been asked long ago–before the last election. Every day these two felons are in office they wreak more fresh hell on our beloved country. We need them gone–yesterday. They show every intention of bombing and invading Iran before they leave–regardless of the facts on the ground or what we the people think, do or say. That's just one more reason to impeach.
    Registered Republican from Philadelphia

    January 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  330. Paul Ojeikere

    Because you'd have to impeach all those electorates that voted for their 2nd term in office. As an 'outsider', I'm amazed how gullible American voters, who pride themselves as the most informed in the world, really are. How come what was so obvious to the international community in the last eight years is suddenly making it's way into the American consciousness in the last year or so? The Americans wanted a clueless President who they could have beer with and a VP who is a certified fear/war monger. And they got them.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  331. gloria

    to preserve our traditional government with 3 branches sharing responsibility, impeachment is a necessity and Congress should be pushed to doing its job. Everyone should be writing to Cong. John Conyers to start hearings tomorrow.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  332. Deb

    Because the are guilty of putting Party before Country. Mark my words, for the exception of the Kucinich and the 22 brave Reps who signed his impeachment resolution, none of them will be re-elected.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
  333. angryspittle

    Because they are all complicit in Bush crimes.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:38 pm |
  334. Allison from California

    I'm for impeachment of both Bush and Cheney before they can do anymore harm to this country. I've been pushing for this since before the last election. These guys have been liabilities the entire time they have been in office. Just look at the deficit. It's shocking.

    They didn't know what they were doing when they went into Iraq and they don't know how to correct their errors. I knew Bush was slow when he stole his first term, but I thought Cheney could balance out the act. Boy was I wrong!

    Get rid of them and speed up this election, so we can get a team that can get us out of this war and this mess. My preference would be Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. They would make a great team.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm |
  335. Renee

    Because if they try it, W will see that another 9/11 happens and throw the country into total chaos.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm |
  336. Lance Ciepiela

    Why won't this Congress impeach Bush and Cheney? "Mum is the word" Pelosi that's why!

    January 7, 2008 at 8:50 pm |
  337. brian farley

    I don't think Bush and Cheney should be impeached. I think they should be phiscally removed from the White House, waterboarded and shipped to Baghdad to stand trial for the mass murder of some one-hundred-thousand Americans and innocent Iraqis. They should endure more waterboarding and then stand trial. If convicted, they should be hung from the same gallows as their mentor and equal, Saddam Hussein. They truely are three mass murderers.
    I also think that the heads of such companies as Halliburton should also be shipped to Iraq, waterboarded and stand trial for war profiteering.
    I would also suggest that lobbyists should be made to wear bright pink tutus during their work day. I think that would send those cockroaches scampering back to the woodwork, where they came from. Actually I would shake hands with a cockroach, before even considering shaking hands with a lobbyist.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  338. Jim

    Obviously, the Bush Gang has been recording all their calls, and has files a foot thick on them. It's either that, or they think destroying the rule of law in America is a good thing.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:54 pm |
  339. elmo

    I believe it is time for a poll to ask the question of the American people; should President Bush and Vice President Chaney be impeached.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  340. Dan PA


    I'm delighted that someone working for a self-proclaimed 'news media' corporation has finally asked the most important question, even if it was too little, too late and not LOUD enough. I'm also glad to see such a plethora of responces.

    I don't have any idea of why 'impeachment is off the table.' Only theories. Whether Pelosi is working with Bush directly or is just too weak to stand up for what she was elected for is a moot point.

    Trying to figure out which one, out of the 50 or so, treasonous high-crimes Governor Greed W. Bush and mafia has committed, should be the basis for impeachment is a moot point.

    The fact is, this entire administration deserves nothing less than a nice long healthy jail sentence (and no country clubs; I'm talking about general population, bread and water, tiny cell PRISON) for ONE REASON ONLY:


    Their demeanor as 'president' of say-one-thing-do-the-opposite mentality must be punished, because FUTURE United States Presidents need to recognize that that type of attitude is intolerable and inacceptable. So the next time a facist, lying dictatator lies and cheats him-or-herself into office they will look back on our plundered times and realize that their actions have consequences.

    Furthermore, I am nothing short of disgusted that a government that preaches the importance of education treat us, it's citizens (55%+ of whom that support impeachment, last I heard), like we are blind, stupid idiots. The only thing these 'leaders' have accomplished is using lies, cheating, propoganda, fear, oppression and war to launder U.S. tax dollars into their own already-rich pockets.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:56 pm |
  341. Ed

    Jack, I am thankful we live in a country were we have the right to free speech however you and most of your comments are so reflective of excess negativity it makes me sick because it is people like you who know no bounds for what they will say. You will impart be the blame for the loss of such freedoms if it happens because such freedoms are inextricably connected to responsibility for what is said. Your latest little blurb about impeaching the President Bush and Cheney underscore your lack of continued judgment. The quoting of George McGovern’s comments regarding our President as if such comments from a former Democratic canadat for president are significant or creditable is just plain dim-witted. Have you ever thought of sending your resume to Iraq or Iran or Russia, I hope you do they should be use to thriving on such destructive attitude by now. I think George did well to overcome his fear of heights and learn how to fly but his isn’t now and never has been an authority on Presidential matters any more than the Dixie Chicks. CNN must be hard up to give you a spot on Wolf’s show.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  342. Dan PA


    I'm delighted that someone working for a self-proclaimed 'news media' corporation has finally asked the most important question, even if it was too little, too late and not LOUD enough. I'm also glad to see such a plethora of responces.

    I don't have any idea of why 'impeachment is off the table.' Only theories. Whether Pelosi is working with Bush directly or is just too weak to stand up for what she was elected for is a moot point.

    Trying to figure out which one, out of the 50 or so, treasonous high-crimes Governor Greed W. Bush and mafia has committed, should be the basis for impeachment is a moot point.

    The fact is, this entire administration deserves nothing less than a nice long healthy jail sentence (and no country clubs; I'm talking about general population, bread and water, tiny cell PRISON) for ONE REASON ONLY:


    Furthermore, I am nothing short of disgusted that a government that preaches the importance of education treat us, it's citizens (55%+ of whom that support impeachment, last I heard), like we are blind, stupid idiots. The only thing these 'leaders' have accomplished is using lies, cheating, propoganda, fear, oppression and war to launder U.S. tax dollars into their own already-rich pockets.

    I'd continue but there is far too much to say without writing a book.

    Thank you Mr. Cafferty!

    January 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  343. Allison from California

    I think Obama's win in Iowa is a tremendous asset to race relations in this country.

    I was moved by his speech and his passion in Iowa. But I don't think he's had enough experience, and this could hurt him and the country if he is elected. This could cause racial problems. The time is right for a black president, but I'm not sure Obama is ready for the challenges that face him. I hope that he will not win the nomination and that he will come back when he's more qualified.

    I am not one who sees color, but there are lots of people, both black and white, who do. I don't want to see anymore trouble among the races, nationalities or religions.

    Enough already!

    January 7, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  344. beecham

    The Congress hasn't supported impeachment because most of them, including Pelosi and Reid, are on the same page as Bush and Cheney, they have the same agenda. Their criticisms of the war and of the abuses of Bush/Cheney are totally artificial. They have gone along with everything, the war, the Patriot Act, the illegal spying. The democratic leadership is in favor of the war. They're in favor of the Patriot Act. They're all the same.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:15 pm |
  345. SunDog

    They will not impeach him because our leaders are complicit in the treasonous activities of this administration. (see the names released by Sibel Edmonds, they are many of our highest officials) The AIPAC lobbies and military industrial connections prevent our officials from standing away from this corruption due to the fact that they receive so much money and power from these entities. It is time to clean the house or it will rot from the decay and infestation of these criminals.
    Best Wishes

    January 7, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  346. Cara

    First of all, I applaud you Jack, for having the GUTS to even bring this up on your program. This issue has been almost completely blacked out by the main stream media. In that regard, the media has become complicit in the filth and deceipt of the Cheney/Bush administration. When the media refuses to publish an op-ed piece in which a a member of the House Judiciary Committee calls for impeachment hearings, we should all be very, very afraid.

    Now to answer your question: I think the word "complicit" is appropriate here as well. Darth Cheney has served in an administration which was the target of impeachment hearings...I am convinced he knew his actions would be considered impeachable by many, and that he took pre-emptive actions. Who do you think he was spying on prior to 9-11? What reason was there for the warrantless wiretaps prior to that time? I believe he has a file on each big player in Congress, and that they have been told as much, and told what will be leaked if they begin the hearings. What other reason could Conyers possibly have for refusing to impeach? I mean, good Lord...he wrote a book listing all the impeachable offenses!!!!

    I am absolutely sick of the "we have more important things to accomplish" excuse, and the "we don't have enough time" excuse and the "it would hurt the country" excuse and the "they haven't done anything illegal" excuse and the "we don't have enough votes" excuse and...well the list could go on, but the people who are making these excuses had better wake up and realize that this administration has divided and damaged our country to the extent that would horrify our Founding Fathers. I only hope that we have enough representatives like Dennis Kucinich (and the co-sponsors of H Res 333) and Robert Wexler (and the co-signers of his letter to John Conyers) - representatives who put courage and country ahead of partisan politics and their own interests. AND I only hope that members of the media will have the courage and conviction to bring this issue to the attention of the public. To date, almost 183,000 people have signed Congressman Wexler's online petition at http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com; the Facebook group "I bet I can find 1,000,000 people who hate George W. Bush" is just 59,000 or so members short of 1,000,000. The sentiment is out there...it is up to the media to tell the people the truth, without spin, without partisan politics; it's time for The People to learn the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If not, so help us God....

    January 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  347. Steve Williams

    I predict that Bush and Chenny after they are out of office will be charge with numerous crimes.
    The crimes will shock the world and our country already ashame will be devastated. Anybody who is educated and won't deny because he is president of the United States knows already!
    Supreme court appointed Bush will go down as the worst president in history. His family will die in shame of the crimes that he will be charge with. United States will protect him because he is our president. Like all Americans, me included would still fight for him for our country sake!
    This is one opinion of mine that I hope I'm wrong for our country sake! Who ever gets president is getting the country very broken in more ways than one.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  348. Sherri

    The Congressional leadership wouldn't start Impeachment hearings because they thought they could start "healing" the nation more quickly with legislation and oversight after the midterms? That's my best guess. But, guess what? There is no balance of power with the skewed government Bush/Cheney have in place. They have raped and pillaged Democracy, the Constitution, the economy, the military, the American people. I think outing a CIA agent, and usurping the Constitution is an Impeachable offense. Impeachment and Prosecution is the only viable recourse that remains. Treason can no longer be tolerated or rewarded.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  349. GOPHater

    Bush/Cheney should be in prison awaiting execution for war crimes, treason, torture, murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens, violations of U. S. Constitution, violations of international law, etc.... Why aren't they being impeached? Because YOU, the mainstream media has failed the country. It's as simple as that, and you know it.

    January 7, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  350. Kurt

    RE: Cafferty File: Time to IMPEACH Bush and Cheney – did I hear a little plug for Obama in that? He's just going to be more of the same. There is so little real substance when he speaks. Republicans, Democrats – just more of the same and it goes on and on... Unless we can get Ron Paul in the White House. Then, there would be a chance for TRUE and REAL change. Why not endorse him instead? He's our REAL hope for America. It's just too late to do anything about this administration. Hopefully we can just make it through the rest of their term without them starting world war 3. Best wishes for all of us!

    January 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  351. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I'm moving to Australia!

    January 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  352. Samuel Swaim

    Extremely important question; many of us have been signing petitions and calling for impeachment for over a year. Why no adequate response? The times have changed: media doesn't cover this issue, people are too busy consuming and being lulled by the 'weapons of distraction' as Krugman terms it. I question how many people understand the constitutional issues at stake here because of all the 'spin' that goes into political commentary (yours excepted). We're used to sound bites, quick fixes, slogans, –and who has time to consider the implications of torture, extraordinary rendition, human rights, detainment without representation and the loss of civil liberties? See Morris Berman's DARK AGES AMERICA for a telling portrayal of how much we've changed and where we're headed as a people given all the forces currently at work in our country.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  353. Cheryl

    Two reasons:

    1. The Democratic "leadership" is more afraid of what the Republicans and conservative media will say/do than what their own base will say/do.

    2. They are afraid that investigations will unearth some of their own dirty deeds, like Nancy Pelosi being privy to warrantless wiretapping before 9/11 and the torture issue.

    The answer? Democratic constituents need to leave the party en masse. Also, just as important is the question as to why the media outlets fail to show the strength of the impeachment movement and rather than focus on the legitimacy of it, spew party rhetoric and try to dismiss it as partisanship or some fringe movement.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  354. bill nerin

    Could it be that certain members of Congress may be afraid that they may be guilty of the crimes and misdemeanors that Bush and Cheney would be convicted of?

    January 7, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  355. Cindy

    I will tell you why the Congress has been complacent, it's because absolute corruption corrupts absolutely! We (US) being a Superpower, a gave this power to megalomaniacs. Now that the Congress has seen this criminal behavior by their leaders, they have become "drunk with power", they have all joined the same bandwagon that the President and V.P. are on. The Congress is just as guilty for high crimes and misdemeanors for their inability to act to protect our country and our countries reputation from these criminals actions. If I was complacent in atrocities committed against my own children I would be imprisoned for allowing these atrocities to happen and for not protecting my children from them. By the legislatures joining this corrupt and criminal lifestyle, they have lost their will to be the will of the people. Since they have forgotten that they work for us, the people, they have instead taken on a new persona of "whats in it for us", "whats best for me" instead of "what is the will of those whom I represent"? The Congress needs to be held accountable for allowing these criminal acts to continue, and for not protecting the US people and the world from these megalomaniacs.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  356. Kate

    Because the Dems just love the status quo and are afraid to rock any boats. They didn't protest Bush's theft of the election of Gore and, more recently, they didn't protest ABC's exclusion of Kucinich from the NH 'debates.' The Dem Congress has given Bush everything he wants, i.e., war funding and more restrictions on civil liberties. They are afraid; no backbone.

    I believe that they have lost contact with "The People" and have forgotten their sworn oaths to defend the constitution.

    It's just so heartbreaking; our country is literally falling apart and the Dems are a big part of the 'why.'

    I completely support impeachment of Cheney and then Bush. We MUST show our elected leaders that the sort of lawless behavior exhibited by the Bush regime WILL have consequences now and in the future!

    January 7, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  357. Tyler

    Let us not forget all the other Republicans, such as the two senators of my state (NH), who voted for CAFTA. Free-trade agreements give us the opportunity to compete with countries that allow slave and child labor, have zero benefits for their workers, and sometimes put the fear of hell into them by maiming and killing some of them. Well thank you senator Sununu and Bradley, for giving us this wonderful opportunity. I hope your retirement is wonderfully funded, and soon to come! Now that America has been ruined by having most of our assests and resources taken away from us, and now they have bleed us dry financially, they can watch us suffer and laugh in their yachts overseas in well gaurded places, with all their servants around them. Of course, they will burn in hell someday, and we wouldn't mind if that happened sooner than later.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  358. Karen Hedwig Backman

    Congressional Democrats like Pelosi and Reid can't impeach because they were complicit in the crimes of Bush and Cheney and they, too, would be investigated and prosecuted.

    January 7, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  359. Therese

    My question is how did the government and the American people let Bush and Cheney get this far without impeachment???? The Democratic party is afraid to rock the boat. Most of our Senators (both Democrats and Repulbicans) are running for the Presidency so they could care less. And the American people have become apathetic to politics. America.....we have been robbed right in front of our noses!! After what these two unethical politicians have done to our country, we should be ashamed of ourselves for what we did to President Richard M Nixon. The Japanese citizens demanded compensation for the terrible way we treated them during World War II. Maybe the Nixon family should demand compensation for what we did during Watergate!

    Therese Gregg

    January 7, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  360. John

    Bush & Cheney will never be impeached.
    Pelosi would have to implicate herself
    and other Democrats of their many crimes.

    January 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  361. Mahatma X

    Already been said, but bears repeating: Folks like Pelosi are complicit in the crimes this government has committed. Too many skeletons would be dug out of the closet.

    If Congress won't impeach Bush/Cheney then the next best thing would be for the voters in Pelosi's district to impeach her in November.

    January 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  362. Karl J. Volk

    If the elected representatives do not willingly impeach the President and VicePresident we,The People must force them into it, we must shame them into doing it, even if it is at least minute because future presidents must know that the people will not tolerate the destruction of the constitution.. The world must know that American Citizens can rouse themselves into a force that will re-establish the United States as the shining counrty on the hill that it was founded to be, a beaccon to all other countries , instead of the defiled and hated country it has become in the eyes of the world and in history. We MUST impeach ,it is imperative for us and the world.

    January 7, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  363. Tyler

    Let us not forget NAFTA! Former president Bush's first blow to American soveignty! It was the beginning of the end for America...and no-one stood up to stop it...no-one that is alive to speak about it anyway. The whole lot of the Bush's need to be examined, and anyone who is involved with them...such as the murderous Saudi's! The American government has been highjacked for decades, and they have been detroying us piece by piece. There are so many traders and sell-outs that impeaching Bush and Cheney wouldn't come close to quenching the rage Americans are about to unleash, and better unleash if they expect any chance of avoiding being turned into slaves of the tyrants of wealth and power. Most Christians believe we are working our way to armegeddon. Before you know it, we'll have RFID chips in all of us, and then we're really going to be screwed!

    January 7, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  364. Bob

    These politicians are afraid of #1 George W. Bush #2 They are afraid of the press #3 The people they are not afraid of is their own constituents, well there in for a big surprise in November 08 I predict massive layoffs

    January 7, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  365. peter

    Thanks for raising the issue. The silence on impeachment raises a question for me that I hope you will have an opportunity to ask.

    The Honorable John Conyers wrote a book detailing the multitude of crimes this administration was guilty of, making a very strong case for impeachment. Now that he is in a position to actually act on those allegations, he is silent as the grave. What could possibly explain that?

    January 7, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  366. JL


    Good on you for airing this. To those that think it would be waste of time and taxpayer money to honor the US Constitution then what is the point of having it? What is the point of having an election if a president is above the law?

    There is much public support for this and once again our government is not listening (and neither is the media!)

    January 7, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  367. Julia

    absolutely it's time – it's PAST TIME! Will they do it? No, the democrats have incorrectly surmised that the people don't *really* want impeachment, after all we had a fit when the republicans tried to impeach Clinton – but they are too dense to realize we know the difference between a bunch of trumped up partisan bull and legitimate crimes against the constitution. It's important not just for now but for every president who comes after Bush – it's an imperative that we must follow put in place by the founding patriots of our country – when the balance of power is disturbed me MUST impeach.

    January 7, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  368. Jim Shwebell

    As impeachable as Bush and Cheney are, it's practically impossible as long as one-third of the Republicans in Congress stick up for those two. Plus, Bush has his new conservative cronies on the Supreme Court that'll turn over any legislative action, so what's the point? I'm just counting the days till they are out of there!!!

    January 7, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  369. Jimmy

    1. Obviously, its because there really is no Constitution.
    2. Bush and Cheney wrongfully and illegally changed the laws, after rigging and stealing the elections.
    3. Aside from Kucinich and Wexler, and other co-sponsers of Res333. Congress is implicit .
    4. Corporations are in control of this country.

    This is a disgusting state we've allowed ourselves to be put in. Kucinich (integrity and honesty) for President in 08. Bush and Cheney in jail in 08

    January 7, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  370. lynn

    I think we are all just holding our breath and hoping they won't get us into a nuclear war before their time is up (or ours!)

    Personally, I am just numb. I would like the last seven years wiped from my brain.

    West Virginia

    January 8, 2008 at 12:02 am |
  371. Brenda

    I do not know why Congress will not impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney. They have plenty of reasons to do it! I DO know that it is very important that Congress does, indeed, impeach them. The world sees that Americans elected Bush and Cheney, not once, but TWICE in spite of KNOWING all the lies that were told during their first term alone. This announces to the world that our democracy is not working and simply makes America and its people look stupid! – Stupid for starting an endless war, stupid for supporting such corrupt people, stupid for allowing ourselves to get so divided we are paralyzed as a country, stupid for thinking everyone should operate as a democracy as they watch us lose our freedoms. May all images of God help us ALL since we no longer have a system of checks and balances!

    January 8, 2008 at 12:07 am |
  372. Sheryl from Philadelphia

    Hi Jack......you crack me up. I couldn't agree more with the comments on how Bush and Cheney have tagged team beatin our international reputation into the ground. The three I's should be applied.....investigation, inditement and impeachment. I'm truly hoping that the Democrats are strategizing with this "lay in wait" behavior rather than busting down the doors on these "partners in crime." Solid evidence is needed that would put those bums away for good. I agree with others that to start impeachment proceedings now would be a distraction, waste of tax payers money if the evidence is weak. I'm hoping they are waiting for the opportunity when the newly elected Democratic president will declassify all those files these bums have been coveting which will nail their butts to the ground........that is, if they haven't deleted, destroyed, purged or burned them yet.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:18 am |
  373. Kathy Hay

    Because they're complicit.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:38 am |
  374. Electric Slim

    Because many Dems are complicit in these crimes and they will go down too. Also, because of FISA and the Patriot Act this administration have plenty on any whistle blowers in congress and congress knows this. It worse than we think people.

    January 8, 2008 at 1:47 am |
  375. Lee McCormick

    No, we shouldn't impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney, even though they both richly deserve it for the same reason that Nancy Pelosi is opposed to it: We don't have the votes. The Democratic majorities in both houses are too slender. Few if any Republicans, and not all Democrats would go along with it. It would be a big waste of time and just end up making us look stupid and ineffectual.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:29 am |
  376. Angela

    Sadly, impeachment will not happen because the Constitution is no longer considered the basis for government in Washington, D.C. Bush and Cheney have violated every part of the Constitution, except maybe the part about American citizens not being forced to quarter soldiers in their homes. Without the Constitution, impeachment has no meaning. Of course, that means that none of the three branches of government exist any more, strictly speaking, but as long as the taxpayers keep paying them, none of them seem to have noticed this technicality. The American people no longer have anyone to speak for them. Your show, Jack, is one of the rare exceptions that still gives people a voice. Otherwise broadcast media, Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court all work for the good of multinational corporate profits and have no loyalty to the best interests of the American people. Look at the recent climate change convention held in Bali; the so-called "American" delegation was there to represent the interests of Big Oil, which has only its profits to care about. Actual Americans would like to have a healthy environment to hand on to our children, but we have no voice in these proceedings. This generation of Americans is learning what it is like to live in a totalitarian state. We are free to shop and pay taxes, but we have no power. Without power, we cannot rid ourselves of this totally corrupt and amoral regime.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:55 am |
  377. FreedomOfInformationAct

    well past time to do so, but yes, it's time to impeach bush and cheney for crimes against humanity and high crimes and misdemeanors.

    warm up the hearings and special prosecutor...

    January 8, 2008 at 4:40 am |
  378. FreedomOfInformationAct

    Bob Menamin: Impeach Cheney or give up talk on rule of law
    A letter to the editor — 1/04/2008 11:06 am
    Dear Editor: It is essential that we give serious consideration to the resolution to impeach Vice President Cheney. To ignore the allegations would be a strong statement that we live in a culture of denial.
    The alleged misdeeds of Cheney, if true, are far more serious impeachable issues than presented against Presidents Nixon and Clinton.
    We constantly parrot that we are a nation of laws. Is the Bush/Cheney administration above the law? If so, let's dispense with the notion that as a republic, we elect our representatives and then hold them accountable to follow and uphold the law. We can then declare that our government is a monarchy and throw out the Constitution.
    Let's fish or cut bait.
    Bob Menamin, Verona

    A letter to the editor — 1/04/2008 11:06 am

    January 8, 2008 at 4:45 am |
  379. Christian Maier

    When you look back and consider what happened to Clinton I can't understand why Bush and Cheney are still in office as they did some much worse stuff than Clinton.

    But I have some theories.
    1. The US didn't want embarrass itself again be trying to impeach another president after such a short time.
    2. The republicans have because some strange reason, a lot more leeway for misconduct
    3. The general phobia of everything sex related in the US . Lying about sex is impeachable. Lying about war is not.

    Anyway, now it is too late to impeach those two as the damage is already done.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 am |
  380. Bob Bogen

    Perhaps the Word for Bush and Cheney is Quizlings. At least for those history buffs and those of us who remember the Norwegian traitor who sold out his country to Hitler in WW II, and propelling his name into general usage and Wikipedia as an epithet. And in a similar WW II word usage, the so-called Republicans and Democrats who can't, as Lyndon Johnson used to say, walk and chew bubble gum are Collaborators with the Quizlings.

    George McGovern in his excellent and powerful Washington Post article is so wrought with the catastrophic actions of the current administration that he fails to mention in his pessimism about the unlikely completion of Congressional action process that Nixon was never impeached by the House, much less convicted by the Senate. All we needed then, and now, is to hold Congressional public hearings. Investigations in such public hearings will very likely bring the public Into the Loop and so bring Republican leaders into reality if they want to win ANY elections next November.

    Bush is no Nixon. I knew Nixon during his two terms in the House of Representatives. He knew me from personal contacts and his substantial services to me as perhaps the student leader most in touch with him. He did not know of my grass-roots work against his first two elections. He was and evil, destructive, murderous; but he now looks like a boy scout …. by comparison. No doubt spinning in his grave, wishing he had been born a generation or so later so he could have been more than a petty tyrant.

    McGovern does mention Elizabeth Holtzman, a key player in the Nixon impeachment process, but also fails to explain her crucial conclusion: that impeachment does not start with bipartisan support or even partisan leadership but, both then and now, by citizen action. And that is what is happening in hundreds of communities and action by their elected officials across the country. Such local organizing is the duty of citizenship and may save thousands of lives, as well as save billions of dollars each week this misbegotten war continues. Both our democracy and our economic future depend on it.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:09 am |
  381. Dave Robinson/Brooklyn NY

    By Nov. 2006 the American people understood enough of what was going on to demand change – the magic word, the word of power! But then came Pelosi and her damn table. At that point, it was clear that whatever the Bush Administration had done was working for the Democrats too. Nov. 2006 meant one and only thing to them: Nov. 2008. And Corporate America was right there for them. Everyone knew there’d be no money in the freezer unless they played ball.

    It’s clear that our leaders in Washington are not leaders at all – they are followers. They follow the poles, they follow each other (“Change! We Need Change!”) and they follow the money, and not in the good way. They do not honor their oaths to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. War works for everyone in Washington.

    Anyone who doesn’t think the Bush Administration’s gross abuses of power do not warrant impeachment hearings is simply not paying attention, and guess what: most Americans are not paying attention to anything. Not to Iraq or Afghanistan, not to the melting of our planet, not to the obesity of their children, and not to the fact that we no longer have a functioning system of checks and balances in this country. Despite the tireless efforts of thousands of outraged citizens, and a pitifully small number of awake representatives, a sufficient number of Americans are simply not demanding that Congress does its damn job.

    So ultimately it’s not all Congress’s fault – it’s mostly our fault. We are not demanding that our reps do their jobs. We are not demanding active citizenry from ourselves. Active citizenry is like parenting – we need to listen (or, horrors, read) to get good information, we need to take action, we need to listen to each other on deep positions of principle, and then we need to stand up for what’s right and not allow our charge (our kid, our country) to go off the rails. We’ve been asleep at the switch, and this is what happens.

    Ultimately, we go to hell with the Congress we ignore, not the Congress we demand. Big Media has a lot to answer to here. But ultimately, it is our own fault we have not been in the streets every day since the Downing Street Memo became public. So that’s why Congress won’t impeach – not enough citizens are demanding it because most Americans plainly don’t give a damn.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:34 am |
  382. Larry

    Hey Jack

    You are the self appointed expert so why don't you give us exactly which laws they broke in absolute legal detail and then I might think they should be impeached. Problem is NO ONE has done that yet. The rest is nothing more than rhetoric spouted at random. Which countries have we lost respect from. I mean real tangible respect that is in a real way detrimental to any American. You and your asinine rhetoric is getting old and more reminiscent of spoiled children who want there way. Oh I've been an infantry soldier so I know what war is like so don't try and throw dead comrades in the argument. That is so rude.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:15 am |
  383. John Perry

    You want to know why this Congress is refusing to honor its oath and impeach Bush and Cheney?

    You don't bite the hand that feeds you.

    They're ALL elitists, differing only in the respective methods with which they seek to subjugate the American people.

    The singular mission of these "two" parties has never been more obvious than it is right now. The truly amazing aspect of it is not so much that Democrats are readily acknowledging the crimes of the Bush administration while insisting that winning the White House is more important than bringing accountability, but that some Americans are actually buying their ridiculous reasoning.

    This Congress is proving every day that they couldn't care less about the Constitution they swore to support and defend. They just want a taste of the illegitimate, absolute power they have allowed Bushco to craft for itself.

    Unless and until this Congress acts to honor its oath of office and the majority will of the American people by beginning impeachment proceedings, they must be viewed as fully complicit in the crimes of the Bush administration.

    The bi-partisan strategy that needs to be revealed for the world to see is called "divide and conquer" – the same elitist strategy being used on the Sunni and Shia in Iraq, where it's working quite well. And as long as Americans refuse to accept the ugly fact that Beltway Democrats and Republicans are one party with two faces, it will work here too.

    Anyone who prefers the rights and privileges of legitimate American citizenship to the misery of fascist serfdom needs to immediately stop enabling the two party myth.

    How? Do your own homework on the two presidential candidates who refuse to play the elitist game, and as a result are being relegated to the "fringe" (and eliminated from debates) by the corporate attack machine:

    Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.

    Ignore the letter that comes after the name. Vote for the man. These are the only two choices with which we can truly take our country back.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:32 am |
  384. Bob Robertson

    Long since past time.

    Just make sure to impeach Cheney first, or the pair together. "President Cheney" is not my idea of an improvement.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:32 am |
  385. JC Topeka, KS

    Congress will not impeach these two crimminals because it would require Congress to function for the good of the nation rather than for the party. Imagine a republican casting a vote to impeach Bush or Cheney, the RNC would tear them apart.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:53 am |
  386. KCramer

    Why hasn't this story from the London Times made it to the US?

    January 8, 2008 at 8:54 am |
  387. Mayank Mital

    By moving to impeach Bush & Cheney, congress will start a sorely needed process to repair the stature and dignity of our highest offices, and restore the hope, morality and faith of americans and the faith of the world in america. If congress believes – and this is a litmus test – that the interests of america supersede those of its political leaders – then it has no option but to act. Unfortunately, congress is so cowed and beaten down, that it's hard to imagine they even have the courage to do what needs to be done.

    January 8, 2008 at 8:55 am |
  388. Truglass

    The Constitution reads "shall impeach", not "may impeach". Our representatives are violating their oaths of office if they do not take these criminals out of power. Just think of all the pardons they would give to their friends and fellow criminals. Does the rule of law only apply to the little people? Apparently it does.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:09 am |
  389. Angel

    If we don't continue to rave and rant about the "telcom retroactive immunity" they will have given Bush a pass on warrantless wiretapping, also....It is imperative that we continue to let our legislators know that we appose amnesty/immunity for Bush and the Tecoms that went warrantless!!

    January 8, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  390. john schussler

    The emotional side of Hilary Clinton has finally come to the surface. I can see her right now sitting in the Oval Office crying over a broken fingernail. When emotions
    enter the political arena bad things happen. I am afraid a woman is not yet ready to be president. When decisions are made based on emotions it can only lead to cat fights and "I'll get back at you for that!" I hope this country elects almost anyone but her. I have been a life long Republican, but Edwards is starting to sound like the right choice.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  391. Vane Lashua

    Why won’t Congress impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney?

    Because the custody of Brittney's children is more important.

    Duh, because YOU're not covering it! The Fourth Estate has been CHEERLEADING for the last seven years instead of asking honest questions and being an honest, persistent reflection of the First & Second Estates.

    FISA, privileged censorship, the Iraq war, 9/11 recommendations; mission accomplished; Guantanamo, huffing and puffing about North Korea, Iran, Pakistan; Katrina; abuse of the military (length and number of overseas commissions); Blackwater & private contractors; the Baghdad embassey; oil profits; corporate collusion; veterans' affairs & benefits; No Child Left Behind.

    These stories have been treated like pimples instead of symptoms of the cancer they evidence.

    The call for impeachment has come persistently from every Congressional District in the US; it has been on the table every session of Congress since the war started - even from the then minority leader of the Judiciary Committee, now the majority leader, John Conyers. The City of Detroit and hundreds of other municipalities have passed resolutions for Impeachment. and on and on. Who knew? Why not YOU?

    January 8, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  392. Elsa Padron

    The US has been deliberately and systematically brought to its knees in the last eight years. The virtual wheels are falling off our country. The likelihood is very strong that crimes of deliberate deception, fraud, treason, recklessness, etc. were perpetrated by those in the highest office.
    Impeachment is a mere investigation...a series of hearings to determine if the President and Vice President are guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors against the American people. It is not an automatic pink slip for Bush and Cheney.
    The indictments in this case however are of a far more serious nature than say a romantic tryst in the oval office. The fact that impeachment proceedings have not happened is a slap in the face and an insult to everyone. How can we ever get to the truth, unless our invertebrate congress finds the courage, the leadership and the integrity to act responsibly?

    January 8, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  393. Mary

    Reply to Rich in Fairview Texas. You certainly know nothing about your history. Every distorted fact known to us who lived through these events consider you a village idiot. I do hope you do not exercise a vote without a mental check-up.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  394. TJ

    Because Hillary is busy running for President.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  395. Regina from Wallkill, NY

    I think that Nancy Pelosi can't appear to be for impeachment–since she is next in line, it would look like a grab for power. Or that is how it would play in our largely corporate-controlled news

    Certain topics have been ignored by mainstream media. For instance, has TV news picked up and publicized the fact that the warrantless wiretapping of Americans began in the late 90"s and that it was always a domestic spying program? That George Jr. amped it up shortly after he took office in February of 2001, not after 9-11 as he has suggested? How about the fact that Guiliani has made millions from this illegal wiretapping program?

    Chris Dodd was the man of the hour as far as I am concerned: he left the campaign in Iowa to stop the flawed FISA bill that would give amnesty to the telecommunications companies and keep these fact from the public.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:37 am |
  396. Bob

    Congress won't impeach because they are, for the most part, a bunch of lying, cynical manipulators. They continually do just enough to appear to have tried something, then back down to blame the Republicans. The incumbents want the Unitary Executive position as it is, and are playing politics with our sons' and daughters' lives, and hundreds of billions of tax dollars to play out the clock to get it.

    They act with the best interests of their careers in mind, not whether or not they are upholding their oaths "to protect and defend the Constitution, from all enemies, foreign and domestic."

    The Constitution has been violated too, too many times. The entire administration should be impeached regardless of how much time is left in this term, because it will prevent them from holding any government position again. Had Ford not pardoned Nixon and his crew, Cheney wouldn't be VP.

    Investigations will likely reveal that Senators and Representatives were aware of illegal acts, such as torture, perjury, war profiteering, etc, and either condoned them or did nothing, making them complicit anyway. Aside from playing to win the presidency in 2008, this would be my second reason Congress won't actually act. There must be no safe haven for the guilty. They are accomplices to the killing of hundreds of thousands through their failure to stop illegal actions.

    As Ben Franklin is widely noted for saying "Those that would sacrifice freedoms for safety deserve neither." Similarly, those that would sacrifice justice for comfort deserve neither. Impeachment hearings will reveal the dark underbelly of our government's operations and shatter the illusions of righteousness so many have. We're adults. It's time we all started acting like adults, accept the responsibilities, and get on with cleaning house.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:45 am |


    January 8, 2008 at 10:45 am |
  398. Nancy

    Impeach Bush and Cheney? Too late? Why aren't we marching in the streets and demanding it? Where do I sign up? Would somebody for god's sake do something!!

    January 8, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  399. Katie Jacob

    Dear Jack,
    Thanks for asking the million dollar question. Coming to the realization that the dems, once returned to power, would not use that power to prosecute the president and vice president has been bitter and painful process. It has also been depressing to watch the republicans, and too many democrats, give their seal of approval time and again to lawless behavior and the flaunting of the of the Constitution. King George says, "If I do it, it isn't illegal" and they continue to allow him to break the law with impunity. On the war, on torture, on the suspension of Habeas Corpus, illegal wiretapping,signing statements,politicization of the justice department, stealing elections...the list goes on and on. Breaking the law.
    Back to the million dollar question though. There is that vaunted Republican party discipline. That means that the Republicans put the party before the rule of law and the Constitution. The democrats? A staffer at Nancy Pelosi's told me that Pelosi thinks we need to move forward not backwards. It's all about the '08 election. The democrats put the party before the rule of law and the Constitution. And John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who by the way wrote a book impeaching the president, says that they simply don't have enough votes. Not enough of us are concerned about the rule of law or the the Constitution. I guess that's your answer.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  400. John

    Impeachment is too weak a solution. The attorney general should issue an arrest warrant and charge both with Treason. The FBI know where this dispicable pair are so the arrest should be easy.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  401. Bill

    Maybe Congress is waiting for a better option - assassination. It would certainly let the air out of Bush's head.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  402. Brad Malone

    The reason that impeachment is not being considered is if it were it would send a strong message that elected representatives are responsible for the well-being of our nation, its people, and international law, and not simply to their corporate handout buddies. The political apparatus would prefer that impeachment be only considered for Nixon-like crimes, essentially aggressive attempts towards the other members of the corporate government-media establishment. If impeachment could be considered for issues regarding human rights, international law, and domestic security, then we would probably have a lot of impeachin' to do....

    January 8, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  403. Peter Cormican

    Hi Jack,

    With a Republican filibuster no impeachment procedure will pass.
    I agree with McGovern on this having watched the Nixon and Clinton impeachments with fascination. Nothing that Nixon did holds a candle to these Bozos. Besides the clear evidence of the past years, there is another reason which no one will mention.
    Call the congress cowards if you like but do Americans really think they are immune from a military style coup? Do they doubt that it could be brought off by the likes of Blackwater and other mercenaries and sympathizers with the whole
    Neocon doctrine? Some may say its too far-fetched but is it really? What happens to all the private contractors aka mercenaries in Iraq when they come back? What are their sympathies? Think about it.

    January 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  404. libbie

    Because Karl Rove has the goods on all these politicians. They are politicians after all. Isn't it "We the corporations of the United States..." People, what people? they don't count. Shock em' drop em' and buy em' out!

    January 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm |
  405. Hilton Santos

    The US Congress will not try to impeach President Bush or Vice President Chaney, because under US law, it is possible that the people involved in that attempt might have their phone lines under surveillance. Before anything can be done, they may be considered enemy combatants and end up in jail without the right to defend themselves. Is this fiction or possible under US law?

    January 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  406. slimjim66

    Pelosi and Hillary have 1 thing in common , hillary almost broke down and cried yesterday in public , Pelosi serves the public 2 women trying to do a mans job if both these women are starting to break from fear of loss , how can they accomplish defeat . Pelosi responded in a email and fears division in this country
    if impeachment were to happen , are we so divided that one half of this country
    believes Mr Bush should take us into World War 3 ,Congress as a whole
    in all honesty is nothing more then Cowards hiding behind a Woman , Thank you
    Mrs. Pelosi for spreading the fear of division from the start , the cat finally found
    her litter box , now we as a Country need a dog in the house , and you can take my vote to the bank .........................

    January 8, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  407. KirkH

    It's a goofy term but 'Republicrat' does a good job of explaining the false dichotomy we're presented with. When you see a duopoly in business collusion is more likely, why would politics be any different?

    January 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  408. Diane Whitmire

    The Impeachment Hearings are, as Dennis Kucinich said (and the one who wrote H.Res. 333 to Impeach in 2007) not a CHOICE for Speaker Pelosi and the House Judiciary Committee, but a DUTY. Everyone, not just Bush and Cheney, but the Dems have also forgotten that America is a Country BY the People and FOR the People and WE, the People have been telling our Representatives and Senators since '07: IMPEACH AND TEACH – No One, but NO ONE is above the Law of the Land and that is our United States Constitution.
    There is now also a Petition to have Pelosi removed and replaced. She obviously does not know her Duty as Speaker and she's holding up the due process and legal obligation to Impeach both Bush and Cheney. For what these two have done, they deserve nothing less than imprisonment! They are directly responsible for the Sacrifice of over 3,500 American military personnel and the Murder of over over One Million Iraqi Citizens. Nuremberg said "Never again!" We need another Trial in Washington because the lesson we thought learned seems to have been forgotten. To realize that 1,200,000+ people to date have lost their lives and for OIL is nothing less than criminal, disGUSTing, and an abomination! How dare Bush and Cheney have done this; How dare OUR Congress allow it! It doesn't matter which Party was in power when this disgrace took place. The actions of these two have painted every American with their same filthy brush! I don't give a damn where these two are after Nov's election. Their crimes are still actionable and wherever they are, they need to be returned to Washington, in handcuffs if need be, and tried for War Crimes. In another Country, they would also forfeit their lives as they caused others to do. They're lucky if all they get is a prison sentence. Their actions are unconscionable and despicable and High Treason! They swore in their Oath of Office is to UPHOLD and PROTECT the Constitution; instead what they did was usurp the Rights, Freedoms, and Civil Liberties of ALL Americans and this is TREASON! Pure, Plain, and Simple! Now they must forfeit their's.

    January 8, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  409. Ranger

    IT’S VERY SIMPLE! We are ruled …. by the Wealthy and their connection to the Politician !

    Think about it !..where there is money! ..the decisions fall!! ….Right or Wrong!!
    Bush and company is surrounded with enough money and contacts to virtually get away with anything…and everything ! He has already showed us that..….time and time again!

    He can provide enough road blocks to NEVER get prosecuted! …The Dem’s/Rep’s… know this!!!

    HE IS LAUGHING AT US…”LITTLE PEOPLE”….as we can’t organize enough money and contacts to stop him!!

    TODAYS American citizen is simply a peasant for taxes and cannon …fodder to be used as a money making machine…for the wealthy…..i.e.; Bush’s & buddies Iraq project! If Bush were truly interested in Democracy ………… then why aren’t we in Africa and other deprived countries????

    OH…… that’s right …………there is no money there!!!!

    AS American citizens we need to devise ….ways to tamper effects of Big Money!!
    These Presidential… .candidates are pushed upon us….and then …we are stuck for 4 years…

    They have enough money to paint a pretty picture……and we have little time to judge…them!

    We need some kind of Mid Term check method ..by the people…to judge leadership with a voice..!

    We also need some kind of way to determine if the NEW wealthy candidates are for the “little people.”.

    HOWEVER ……IN the mean time … REMEMBER ……money..controls!!!

    Disgusted US ARMY Vet …who placed his life on the line… for what! …to see a jerk like Bush ..destroy everything this country stands for…just …so he can make money!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  410. Jenny from New York

    Impeachment hearings would probably implicate some high-ranking Democrats as well as Bush and Cheney.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  411. Thomas Warren

    Good for you Jack Cafferty. (i've been a fan since the NBC New York days).

    This country has really lost the plot. And it's time to get some common sense. Bush and Cheney should have been impeached a long time ago. They very clearly have no regard for the wishes of the people or the constitution. They are fear-mongering incompetents. But if impeachment were to prolong their time in the national spotlight, I'd frankly question if it would be worth the pain.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  412. Fred Walley

    I spent 20 years in the USN in communications/electronics. During that period of time I always felt my time was well spent, until the military went totally political. We even had "P.I." stamped in huge letters on our service record if we were connected, in any way, to a politician. The military then went from 'service to country' ' to watch your back.'
    If your Commanding Officer put you in harm's way just to have his way, he was legally relieved of his command and put in confinment. What, I ask you, is the difference between that hypothetical situation and the real situation we have been living for the past 7+ years?
    The King and his court should step aside immediately. Thank you for telling it like it is.
    Oh, by the way, why aren't the candidates talking more about the Super Highway (Bush mobile) and Alex Jones' 'End Game'? I hope I am not about to come under scrutiny.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  413. Ally Kendall

    It is long past time to impeach for war crimes, violations of title 18 of the US Code, for torture, for wholesale desecration of the foundational laws of the US and the principles of human decency, for criminal election fraud in Ohio. It's time to remove Pelosi and Reid from office for dereliction of duty.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  414. dave

    The way to avoid impeacment or assasination is to have people like cheney and
    pelosi, waiting to step in. The reason that congress is not worried that they might not get re-elected is because it has become so profitable to be in congress, one term and your set for life!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  415. Bob Bogen

    [The Blog indicates my post is awaiting confirmation, but I see a number of grammatical and other confusions in my text, written late at night, which may be corrected: as below:]

    Perhaps the Word, as the Colbert Report says, for Bush and Cheney is: Quizlings. At least for those history buffs and those of us who remember the Norwegian traitor who sold out his country to Hitler in WW II, and propelling his name into general usage and Wikipedia as an epithet. And in a similar WW II word usage, the so-called Republicans and Democrats who can’t, as Lyndon Johnson used to say, walk and chew bubble gum are Collaborators with the Quizlings.

    George McGovern in his excellent and powerful Washington Post article is so wrought with the catastrophic actions of the current administration that he fails to mention, in his pessimism about the unlikely completion of the Congressional impeachment process, that Nixon was never impeached by the House, much less convicted by the Senate. All we needed then, and now, is to hold Congressional public hearings. Investigations in such public hearings will finally bring the public fully Into the Loop and, as in 1973, therefore bring Republican leaders into reality if they want to win ANY elections next November. Last November they lost elections all over the country as the public increasingly has had it with the Bush-Cheney abuses of our constitution and morality.

    Bush is no Nixon. I knew Nixon during his two terms in the House of Representatives. He knew me from personal contacts and his substantial services to me as perhaps the student leader most in touch with him. Of course he did not know of my grass-roots work against his first two elections. He was evil, destructive, and murderous; but he now looks like a boy scout …. by comparison. No doubt spinning in his grave, wishing he had been born a generation or so later so HE could have been more than a petty tyrant.

    McGovern does mention Elizabeth Holtzman, a key player in the Nixon impeachment process, but also fails to explain her crucial conclusion: that impeachment does not start with bipartisan support or even partisan leadership but, both then and now, by citizen action. And that is what is happening by concerned citizens across the country and impeachment resolutions by their elected officials in hundreds of communities. Such local organizing is the duty of citizenship and may save thousands of lives, as well as save billions of dollars each week this misbegotten war continues. Both our democracy and our economic future depend on it.

    This is no ‘diversion of attention or great public costs of impeachment hearings.’ This is life or death for many of our own and innocents abroad as well as the survival of constitutional democracy and the future of the United States as a prosperous and moral leader in the world..

    January 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  416. donni

    Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT and has written the legislation for it–HR 333

    January 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  417. donni

    HR 333, Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT and has written the legislation for it

    January 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  418. john shearer

    Hey Cafferty,

    Maybe you havn't been paying attention, but Dennis Kucinich launched articles of impeachment months ago...HR 333. Why don't you "journalists" ever ask the right questions, are you on W.'s payroll? Also, I think it's ironic that your network along with others is telling the american people who will be the next president. What about Ron Paul, What about Kucinich? There are more than four people running for president you know... You are implicit in perpetuating this illusion of change against the people along with so many of your cohorts. The american people should know all the facts and have a chance for real change, not just the illusion of change.

    Bloomington, IN

    January 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  419. renee

    Yes! Can we impeach? Please! YES~

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  420. chuck mcnulty


    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  421. John

    Yes, it's time to impeach for all the reasons McGovern stated. The leadership of the Democratic party is an accessory to their crimes. Pelosi tables impeachment, why? To get the Democratic agenda done? I don't think so!! They haven't done squat!!

    And Dennis Kucinich is the only Presidential candidate who supports impeachment. He's the one that filed the articles of impeachment in the House. Why is the press and media ignoring him? I'm tired of the media manipulating the country!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  422. Marta K

    That's easy....because they're all cowards and Perlosi is holding all the chains to all their balls!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  423. Heather

    Congress is to scared to face the demon they helped give all this power. It is guaranteed if someone assassinated Bush and Cheney most American's wouldn't cry like they did for Kennedy, they would praise the man who did it even though that person would still go to jail. I wouldn't care if he got off because the longer we deal with what those two are doing before it is time to vote someone new in the United states will be gone and have more anarchy then democracy.

    Peabody, MA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  424. Danny Vestal

    Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT and has written the legislation for it–HR 333!

    CNN Tell the Truth!

    "True Christianity is Nonviolent"

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the U.S. governments are breaking God's Laws and we have God's wrath on our country as a result. God's Commandment is, "Thou shalt not kill." Jesus said, "Love your enemies." (KJV Matt. 5:44), (Luke 6:27).

    Jesus Christ endured great suffering to bring us the Truth about God. The world was, and still is, lost in a false doctrine. The vast majority of people in the world, who claim to be Christians, don't adhere even to the basic fundamentals of Christianity. For example, a beginning test in the extremely difficult task of finding a true Christian is to try to draw out a person's real religious doctrine. This is done in question and answer. A person will speak from the abundance of his heart. Good starting questions are; Do you believe war can be justified? Do you believe in executing people in some cases? If either of these questions is answered yes, the person's profession of Christianity is in vain. He does not trust in or know God and Jesus. God's Commandment is "Thou shalt not kill." The person, in answering yes, has spoken against the Holy Commandment of God. He has committed the sin of blasphemy which is equal to breaking any and all of God's Commandments. The Law of God is "Do not kill." (KJV Luke 18:20), (Mark 10:19), (James 2:11) The Law of God is "Love your enemies." (Matt. 5:44), (Luke 6:27) "Thou shalt not kill." (Romans 13:9) "Do violence to no man." (Luke 3:14) The servants of hypocrisy will attempt to argue that there is a difference of meaning in the translations of the words, kill and murder. Jesus put this lie to silence when he said, "Love your enemies." (Matt. 5:44), (Luke 6:27) To hit, shoot, bomb, execute, kill, etc. are not in the definition of love. "God is Love." (1.John 4:8,16)

    True Christianity is nonviolent. By this, hopefully God will give you sight to the condition of the world and country. "The blind are leading the blind." Truly the hypocrisy is overwhelming when realized, but don't despair. God is in control. The evil will not prosper. "Envy not the oppressors." Don't trust in man's shallow wisdom and his foolish majority systems. Remember the people chose Barabbas over Jesus. (Luke 23:18) Many times they choose evil over good. The people are in a satanic global blind as they are being led into misery and destruction. Jesus knew this as they were putting him to death and he asked God to forgive them as they did not know what they were doing. The people of the world, in a facade of godliness, are deceived into speaking and doing evil for which they perceive themselves as good. Their governments and judgements are corrupted by money and evil constituting mass organized legalized crime. "The love of money is the root of all evil." They are sanctioning greed, wrath, violence and vengeance in the name of God and justice. The people are deceived by the covert antichrist of satanism. They are marked by fraud and hypocrisy in swearing oaths on the New Testament (Matt. 5:33-37), (James 5:12) and additionally, are going directly against the Laws of God contained therein. They defile Christianity and are reaping what they have sown. All societies and individuals reap what they sow. Let anyone be a liar who speaks or acts against the Holy Commandments of God. Don't believe all these religious leaders who can't speak the Truth of God to contradict the governments. They teach a false doctrine of Christianity. These are wolves in sheep's clothing. Outwardly they appear clean, but inwardly they are wicked and corrupt. Some are ancient ministers who have been studying and teaching the Bible all their lives, but have not been given the knowledge of the Truth.

    Henry David Thoreau said in this excerpt, "....the mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailor, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses or dogs. Yet such as these even are common esteemed good citizens. Other- as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and officeholders serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God." In Christianity, we hate the evil they do, but we must love them and pray God will have mercy on them. They are as small boats on a stormy sea with no rudders, unable to see or stay a true course without the mercy of God.

    We have all sinned. No one sinner is better or different from another. Recall in (John 8:1-11) when the woman was caught in the act of adultery. Man's law at that time was that such should be stoned. The scribes and Pharisees were ready to kill her. They asked Jesus his doctrine on the issue, tempting him, that they might have their reason to accuse him. Jesus told them, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." When they heard this they were convicted by their own conscience and went out leaving Jesus and the woman. Jesus told her to "go, and sin no more." In true Christianity, our leaders and all other people of the world have sinned. Those who speak or act against the Law of God are guilty as the Pharisees who executed Jesus. The people of the world are no better or different from any sinner whom they despise, persecute, prosecute, imprison or execute. If they do not forgive, they are not forgiven. If one does not love his neighbor, he cannot love himself.

    In (Luke 10:25-28) Jesus was asked how to inherit eternal life. Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. This do and thou shalt live." "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the prophets." (Matt. 7:12) Contrary to the false doctrine of the world, one cannot choose God and Jesus and save himself. If a person is a child of God, it was ordained and predestined in the beginning. God, at some point in the person's life, gives the will and promise to keep His Law. God predestined the past, present and future. He knows His children before they are born into this world. Only God, only Love can defeat evil.

    online version: http://BuenaVistaMall.com/Truth.htm

    January 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  425. Jim McKeever

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,

    Politicians won't impeach Bush for a variety of reasons many already expressed by some of your viewers. In my opinon, one of the biggest reasons goverment officials fear impeachment of Bush, is because they would be admitting that this country attacked and killed thousands of innocent people without reason or for imperialistic ones. A conflct of interest occurs because doing so would put a mark on these very individuals that voted with Bush on the war, and they are the same people impeaching him. Kucinich, Feingold and maybe a few others wouldn't be affected because of their stances against the war.

    Impeaching Bush is the right thing to do and would show the world that the U.S. is willing to admit mistakes even horrendous ones. To reestablish the country's integrity and that of the goverment officials, impeachment needs to happen regardless of its implications. Jim McKeever

    January 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  426. Dunne (North Carolina)

    If I were the House Speaker I would get the Justice Department to offer immunity to all the co-conspirators in Congress. Let's give them the get out of jail free card.
    The simple fact is that this administration wasn't smart enough to perpetrate this alone. Once we got Bush and Cheney, the hammer would drop and we would be prosecuting Bill Clinton, GHW Bush, the CIA, the Supreme Court and a list of historical houligans that would completely destroy the credibility of the entire government over the last forty years.
    It really started with Greenbacks with Lincoln, silver certificates with Kennedy and Black Gold today. It is an undertaking of monumental proportions and the damage is done. We will never see impeachment again in our lifetime.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  427. cozumelkid

    Before the 2008 election you must read Unveiling Islam by Ergun and Emir Caner.

    I knew absolutely nothing about Islam, until last Sunday. As a mechanical contractor I have heard just about everything about anything political or religious while visiting with customers. On Sunday, our pastor brought some really interesting intolerant differences between Christians and Muslims and suggested we read Unveiling Islam. In my opinion our country is under a very serious threat from within.

    A month or so ago, a woman from Europe told me to be grateful that we are being invaded by Catholic illegal immigrants from South America, because in Europe, they are being invaded by Islam, and those people will kill you. At that time I thought nothing about what she had said.

    Be very careful, apparently, we could be killed because of our religious beliefs, even here in America.

    Vote for Obama! I'd rather be staked out on an ant hill.


    January 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  428. M

    Why now? Just a waste of tax payers money at this point because this should have been done a long time ago.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  429. Marc

    Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT and has written the legislation for it–HR 333!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  430. Tone

    Cause the Congress is full of Lobby-ist Loving, Greedy, IDIOTS, that don't do the job that their people ask for. They say screw the people, and yes sir to the lobbyist.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  431. Josh

    Dumbya's and Chain-ies transgressions against the American people make Clinton's blow job seem like a playground prank...

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  432. LeRoy Ober

    Why impeach ???? it seams me that Slick Willy was impeached and meant nothing so what would it do.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  433. Tony Fotia

    The Democrats and the liberal press, CNN included, have wanted to impeach the President since day one to get back for their cheating, womanizing failure of a President Bill Clinton having been impeached. Clinton's lack of response to attacks on the United States during his Presidency led to the attacks on 9/11 and George W. Bush responded, where he failed to do so. Wake up libs. Security in this world today requires guts, not weakness.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  434. K. Rhodes

    Because their are fat cats that are representing us, forgetting who they are representing and what they are to represent to the rest of the world. We are a mockery, as our dollar devalues. No wonder they're coming up with the merger of the dollar, peso, and the Canadian dollar–to "make it all better" to remedy the situation like a merging of companies. We are now the United States of America Co. Is this what the rest of the population want? This is the direction our "company" is going. Wake up and see the world around us, we have more than 700 bases around the world and in more than 125 countries. We don't need the Cold War strategy to still run our policies today. Also our rule of law is the Constitution and the Constitution only, it is not some ancient document. It is disgusting for me to think of them saying and laughing and probably burning the Constitution, thinking that we are like sheep where will follow in every which way they tug us. They're all buddies... it's like corrupt friend of friends all running this country. All doing a wink to each other before they talk to the American people. That's why we need a radical change, so that we can bring the Constitution back to the rule of law, so that the law makers are no longer above the law. Vote for Ron Paul 2008!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  435. Gabriel

    Politics is all about pleasing the higher-ups, nobody has the backbone to stand for what is truly right. Dennis Kucinich and Ron Pual are amongst the few with the conviction; they are winning all the Internet Polls, but FOX and ABC still won't let them speak. It has to take an unbiased network like PBS to give Kucinich air-time, and that is not right, because that is still very limited. CNN's Situation Room has neglected to mention the US House Resolution 333 passed by Kucinich that pushes for Ceney's impeachment. Not only does Kucinich want to impeach Cheney, and favors the impeachment of Bush, aborting The War in Iraq, and he voted AGAINST the USA PATRIOT Act! He was never caught up in the mass hysteria of 9/11 and therefore saw the madness in this violation of constitutional rights. As a result of his integrity to defend the general public, he has been looked down upon and long since been overshadowed by big-name candidates. I am an unaffiliated voter, but thanks California's Modified Closed Primary system, I already sent my request for a ballot to vote for an Independent or Democrat. I want to help bring this country back, that's why I'm voting for Kucinich, and don't care if he is an underdog with little chances of winning, because at least I can show that I am supporting someone who stands up to injustice.

    -Gabriel from Whittier, California

    January 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  436. ConnieInCleveland

    Well Jack,
    You brought me back with your video. I had stopped watching CNN several months ago, but today when I found your video on the web, I thought it's time to come back to CNN and see if you guys have decided to start reporting facts as facts, not spin distorting facts.
    Questions have remained, unanswered. Mainstream media doesn't even try to get answers to the questions. People with voices have asked questions about the constitutionality of George W.'s actions. Mainstream media doesn't ask them to follow up with facts. Facts repeated may resonate and counter their spin (distorting facts). They choose to ignore the facts and spin, spin and fact as equal. They lead Americans to believe, 'Nothing to see here, move along, and we do?' Mainstream media not reporting facts, doesn't change the facts, it fools people into thinking the facts aren't worth being reported. They are acting as judge and jury for the citizens in America. Mainstream media is not responsible for judging the facts. It is their responsibility to report facts. America needs to hold mainstream media accountable. People with voices need to challenge the spin, not accept it in silence. Facts are facts; spin is spin distorting facts.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  437. manny stanbrough

    I am concerned that if Obamma wins, will he send our military into Kenya. Like Bush did in Iraq. But maybe no one cares , since he's leading in the polls.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  438. ConnieInCleveland

    I don't know that Impeachment is the answer either. Any effort to impeach would take until after the 2008 election. Accountability and unanswered questions, answered is another issue. I think it is Congress's duty to investigate. Impeachment is an end product to the 'Rule of Law'. The 'Rule of Law' applies to Presidents also. A jury of their piers should judge this administration. Congress is one of the three branches of government, making them a jury of his piers. I have heard the argument that an investigation would affect too many people. We should not ignore wrongdoing because too many are guilty. That is what is called, cleaning house. We may need to clean our own house, before we go abroad.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  439. Deborah C

    They will not impeach them because the Republicans and the Democrats have profited by their policies. They have no clue anymore what it is like for the average family to live in America. Or, maybe they do, and they don't care what everyone has to suffer for their greed. They feel compelled to continue with the war machine, as anything else will lose them money.

    I would like you to know that I didn't believe in impeachment until I realized the depth of the corruption in Washington. Now, I do not believe that these people should be allowed to walk away from the devastation that they have wrought upon this nation. These criminals need to be held accountable for their actions, as painstaking as that may become.

    I would also like to point out to you that there is only one person who has consistently supported impeachment and that is Dennis Kucinich. He is presently being railroaded out of the election by the media, because he knows the depth of the corruption in Washington and believes in Strength Through Peace. His voting record on all issues speaks for itself.

    I understand that peace is not profitable to those who profit by the war and Dennis Kucinich is being kept out of debates and ignored by the press for just this reason.

    It is up to real reporters to step forward, against the will of Rupert Murdoch and his pals, to speak for peace. The present situation is too volatile to play this game any longer.

    Deborah L Cunningham

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  440. Cathy

    No Congress won't impeach, it takes a lot of time for investigations,
    and this is an election year. My question to members of Congress was
    if President Bush announces on January 28 that he intends to use a
    military solution to Iran, with or without Congressional ok, would you
    then proceed with impeachment. Nancy Pelosi had stated that without
    Congressional approval, no military force would be used.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  441. charles

    America needs to hang her head in shame, and go ahead with
    impeachment of Bush and Cheney. This is the only way Americans
    can jumpstart their return to respect and creditibility. To allow them to
    complete their term would be a policial blunder for our nation. The world
    stood beside us during 911. We must get the world to stand with us again.
    We have to show that Bush and Cheney do not stand for America, and
    we the people do not approve of this administation.

    I am tried of hearing people say that we need to give Bush credit for keeping
    America safe, because we have had no attacks on our soil. The terrorist are
    smarter than that. They know that 60% to 70% of Americans are against the
    war. Attacks on our streets and in our malls would reverse that sentiment,
    and we would flood their backyard with troops, who would be there for decades.
    Just what they don't want.
    At the end of the day we will leave and declare victory, but when we stop to
    count the loses, we will have lost. Apparently our leaders know nothing
    of war or how to administer to the needs of this nation !

    Charlotte NC

    January 8, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  442. DC

    Impeachment, imprisonment for war crimes?

    Better late, than never...

    January 8, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  443. Sheryl

    Impeachment! I am in favor!!! When one comprimises to doing underhanded things to get elected and wins. What makes anyone think one would stop there.
    While all the candidates are throwing the word change around. How about this for change: The Electrol Collge ILLIMINATED ? In light of the last two election results!!! Let's see who is really up for change and is truley for hearing us middle class voters!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  444. John Rubens

    Dear Jack:

    It could bankrupt the Democratic Party and what's more, would jeapardize the convenience of flip-flop two party domination of the federal government.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  445. Marc

    Why won’t Congress impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney? The question should reach farther than that to include why won’t Congress impeach all of the other high ranking White House officials who have also failed to uphold the others of their offices. And why are we just asking for impeachment of the president and the vice president? They are responsible for the most public treasonable offences in the history of the US not to mention their war crimes. What about former White House Officials such as Rumsfeld who will get away with the murder of thousands of our own men and women in uniform? Something needs to be done. All I hear for solutions is Obamma and Clinton. Both of these senators, though I like them better than the current president, are not asking for impeachment. They are not holding up the responsibilities of their offices any better than current administration. Kucinich is the ONLY presidential hopeful who has asked for impeachment. Our hope lies with him and his House Resolution 333. We need to impeach now. Bush may not have had sex in his office, but he’s defiled The Constitution.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  446. Christiana

    The people of this country truly hold the power! I want Bush and Cheney to be held accountable for their actions against this country and it's people. If you want something to be done about it, make your voices heard! Don't just sit there and accept the abuse, waggle your tongue and say "We can't, I can't, we don't have any power." If our fore fathers thought that way we would never be the United States of America that we were eight years ago. No one wants to pick a side that they think is going to loose, but if we all stand together we can't loose. Let you senators and congressmen know, let the media know, let the president know that his time to just a fair trial is nearing! Stand up for what you believe in – stop writing in these blogs about a need for change and be the change!

    January 8, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  447. Duck Fuhbya

    hummmm...let me think....is it too late to count those Florida votes?

    January 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  448. Keith

    Give it up already. If Clinton made it through his then we can not impeach anybody.
    Are you sick of the war in Iraq? Then vote Obama Binladen, and lets bring the war back to the U.S.
    Remember 911

    January 8, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
  449. Adrian Vance

    The dirty little secret is that Nancy Pelosi had to take impeachment off her wish list because the newly elected Democrats were all "blue dogs" who talked like Ronald Reagan in their campaigns and came to Washington with the idea of dismantling the engine of hate propagation the Democrat party has become.

    The country is going into a depression that Democrats and their media co-conspirators have brought to life from lies about how bad things are. Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and Bush lowered taxes and federal revenues went up, but the economy expanded and government became a smaller, less obtrusive part of it. Democrats don't like that. Just as Hillary tearfully said, "I had so many opportunities..." Not "America has so many opportunities..." With the left politics is power, science is what they believe, the people are stupid and to be lied to by "the smartest woman in the world" who failed the bar exam? Somehow they just don't compute.

    Adrian Vance

    January 8, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  450. Enrique

    Fortunately, they'll all be wiped off the table like dead flies in Novemeber or their next election. UNfortunately, they will all make millions working for the corporate lobbyists they sold us out to. Impeachement of Bush and Chenney? might as well crown them! Treason is the charge! Life in prison is the sentence!

    January 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  451. liz hawks

    I agree with Christiana's post (1/8/08 @ 8:21pm). As American citizens we don't need to become apathetic about the situation in our country @ this time. Our nation was born in an insurrectionest, populist rebellion against political tyranny.
    When I recently emailed my Senators & Congressmen, I listed (3) things I wanted them to do :
    (1) Impeach Cheney first, then Bush.
    (2) Stop the formation of the North American Union.
    (3) Re-open the 9/11 investigation
    We've got to stand up for what we believe in & take America back from the criminal & corrupt "plutocracy" that stole our government & mutilated out rights as American citizens even if it means a second American Revolution.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  452. Jim Tague

    We should impeach most of the Democratic Congress starting with John Murtha and Chuck Hagel. This nation should get down on its hands and knees and be thankful we have such leaders. Bush will win the war in Iraq and his ideas on Social Security and the energy problem are right on target. The Democrats obviously lack leadership and any ideas to solve anything ( just look at the twin dumbells in charge Pelosi and Reed).

    January 8, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  453. Katie

    Yes, as some of us are aware through the internet and no help from the
    MSM, Kucinich has been the leader in trying to impeach the President.
    Perhaps, some of your viewers have heard of him, he's running for office
    on the Democratic ticket.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  454. Randy in Austin,TX

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is either being blackmailed or is guilty of collaborating with Bush/Cheney – hence why impeachment is off the table and why she is trying to kill Kucinich’s HR333 impeachment resolution, despite every poll showing approx 2/3 of America wants investigations. Clinton gets impeached for a BJ but Pelosi won’t impeach for high crimes and misdemeanors. That is what is wrong with the Democratic leadership.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  455. smokehouse

    What a bunch of liberal morons on this forum. I find it very amusing. I hear Bush was in on the Kennedy assassination and Cheney helped bring down the twin towers. Also, Condi knew of Buhtto's assassination for weeks and did nothing. Also, Bush has plans to blow up the capital building before he leaves office. You people are real idiots. That why your liberal democrats. Cafferty and Olbermann top the list, followed closely by the morons on this board.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  456. david

    Its gone beyond impeachment – assassination is the only course left for justice;
    thank god that the second amendment allows americans to prosecute justice
    in the absence of justice against evil criminals.

    For the rest of their lives, they'll be looking over their shoulders – 911 victems, war victems, iraq victems – all have a right to take revenge against them.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  457. Mark from Spokane, Wa


    Love your book- you talk straight forward! Thanks for being honest with America.

    Yes, Bush and Cheney need to be impeached. They are lying, cheating bums that have ruined this fine country's reputation. The next President will have to write apology cards to all the world leaders to ask forgiveness and understanding from them for our 8 years of living under Dictators Bush and Cheney. We willl have to plead "temporary insanity" for being dumb enough to put these crooks into power twice.

    I have a great idea- have Bush and Cheney take a one way ticket for the new trip Israel to see if they can stay there and broker their peace accord. Here you got a war president trying to portray himself as a peace president. A little paradox or what? The mideast is free to keep these morons. We would love them forever if they could help us out here. It would save us the impeachment cost, so we can focus on voting all the office holding crooks out of office.

    We need an independent candidate to clean up both parties disastrous legacy and that man is Michael Bloomberg. That is our only hope as we have been lied to for too long now by both parties- especially the demons that occupy the White House now.

    Thanks again Jack for your fine service and professionalism!

    January 8, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  458. David Teter

    Because Dennis Kucinich's HR 333 gets absolutely no attention from anyone in the media, Jack, including yourself.

    Kucinich is a blacklisted name to the media, because he's the only person who has actually put forward a resolution for the impeachment of Cheney (which, if it were to ever be heard and set forth by the Judiciary committee, would then be followed up by a resolution to impeach Bush), and you don't even give him and the co-sponsors of that bill any more than a parting shot.

    The media treating the people actually trying to do their work properly as badly as their Congressional colleagues do is the reason, Jack. Nothing else even comes close.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  459. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Nancy Pelosi needs to go back to California and host Mary K cosmetic parties and Harry Reed needs to go back to Nevada and search for Steve Fossett in the desert. She is empty and shallow and he is just plainly lost. If Hillary does'nt get the nomination, it will be because of these two corpses. They don't belong in Congress. They make the Democrats look weak. Get someone in there who will put impeachment back on the table. Bush and Cheney need to be marched to the GALLOWS and hung.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  460. bene

    there would be an impeachment from 2003, if the media with all its influence had placed half its effort and arguments behind impeaching bush and cheney. instead, the media help to sell a war that was based on lies and clearly a crime.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  461. bene

    lets hope america with all its influence along with the rest of the world in bringing other world leaders to justice upon war crimes will do the right thing and bring these two to justice as they leave office.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:35 am |
  462. Vicki

    They will not impeach because it would undo the excellent work the Administration has done dismantling our pesky Constitution, which is a bit of an impediment to the powers-that-be (David Rockefeller et al) controlling our elected officials in their efforts to rid themselves of the nuisance that is the United States of America, so they can replace it with "North America" (the old, and fondly remembered USA, Mexico, & Canada). Here comes the New World Order. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    These guys will not impeach because they depend on those guys for their big bucks. This is the 99.9% of We the People competing with the 0.01% of them and they are winning! How can we let this happen?

    We have to impeach to restore our constitution or it will be gone forever. We have to stand up and insist that the constitution matters, because once it's gone is there a United States of America?

    Then we have to DEMAND public financing of elections to get the shadow government OUT!!!

    January 9, 2008 at 12:51 am |
  463. CG

    I'll be glad when the Texas mafia finally gets driven back to Texas. I hope once they are there, comfortably ensconced in university teaching positions to be worshipped at places like SMU, that they are all fitted with ankle bracelets that sound an alarm if they ever step off campus.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:06 am |
  464. Michael Moynihan

    Kucinich introduced this in Congress long befor McGovern got on it. He is the only honest man in congress and should be elected to the Preidency.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:11 am |
  465. Dan PA


    I Agree with you on essentially all of your points. My only qualm is that you are missing the 4th 'I' : IMPRISSONMENT!!!!!



    January 9, 2008 at 2:25 am |
  466. Robbie R. Rash

    how is it they haven't been impeached yet...

    The amount of blatant lies, deceptions, and flat out crimminal activities over the past 4 (if not 7) years is utterly overwhelming. Just keeping informed of all of them throughout is a full-time job! It's a sad, sad state, and it's all becoming very clear to other nations as well. We're becoming the bad guys of the planet, and there seems little us citizens can do about it. 🙁

    btw, thanks for reporting decent news – these days it's more the exception than the rule. cheers

    January 9, 2008 at 2:57 am |
  467. Dee

    Why won't Congress impeach Bush and Cheney?

    Money talks-louder then words or actions.

    January 9, 2008 at 6:22 am |
  468. Danny Vestal

    Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT and has written the legislation for it––HR 333!

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC – I truly believe they should be impeached but it would be extremely difficult because the US governments and so many of the corporations, media, universities, citizens sell out. A sell out society gets the government it deserves. "We reap what we sow." You can't plant briers and expect to harvest peaches.

    CNN Tell the Truth!

    January 9, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  469. Stacey

    Most in Congress have become complacent and are accomplices in the crimes committed by Puppet Master, Dick Cheney, and his puppet, George Bush! How can Congress move to impeach when they themselves are just as guilty?? That, and "King George" has quietly, and without public knowledge, signed laws that would protect him and any in his administration from prosecution and conviction of any crime! This is the height of arrogance on his and Dick Cheney's part. But sadly, it is also the height of COWARDICE on the part of Congress. They're all supposed to be working for us, speaking for us, acting for us. WE, the PEOPLE are speaking and yelling for impeachment, and Congress does nothing. Pelosi took impeachment off the table when it was first brought up by integrity keeper and defender of The Constitution, Representative Dennis Kucinich. He then moved under a House Special Privilege and brought it up again, and we've heard nothing more of it. Congress feels there's less than a year left for the current ruling regime. But it could do SO MUCH MORE DAMAGE if kept in place. IMPEACH CHENEY NOW!!!!!!! Find him GUILTY on ALL COUNTS. He is the neck that turns the head of this administration..he tells it which way to turn. Incapacitate the Neck (Cheney) through impeachment, and the Head (Bush) won't be able to hold up on it's own. Repeal every law he's signed in to protect himself and his minions, and convict!!

    Somewhere in Texas a village is missing their idiot.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  470. Ed

    Jack, there cannot be so many absolutely demented people in this country who have commented here who are so blind and negative about what has and is really happening in our county so…it must have been quite an effort on your part to create all these zoned out posts, rather remarkable Jack.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  471. Marie Restaino

    They should have been impeached long ago! Now perhaps it's too late.

    Let's just get rid of them and all Republins who backed them, that goes for Dems also.

    Hopefully we can start with a clean slate in 2009.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:44 am |
  472. Suzanne

    what about a President who cannot pronounce the word NUCLEAR correctly? PHONETICALLY Mr. Bush pronounces it NU CU LER rather than NU CLE AR. Maybe this is an impeachable offense; it was in my senior english class !!

    January 9, 2008 at 10:54 am |
  473. Ranger, OH



    January 9, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  474. Jamie

    Why Jack? because they are all in it together. Stop and think about it, is there any justification for not impeaching Both Bush and Cheney? If there has ever been a sitting President or Vice President that deserved impeachment more than these two i would sure ike to know who that would be? What they have done amounts to criminal behavior of the highest order.....

    January 9, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  475. tj henderson texas

    we would have to impeach cheney first so he couldnt take the prez office ,..,to impeach bush put usa in more problems then we have with bush.,,.we did something better we took his power away.,a gag order of sorts ,.but i hope to see cheney n bush do time for their crimes,.its sad when both prez n vice ran with duis ,.heck cheney had 2 ,.that what them repubs r all about.,who got away with the biggest lie

    January 9, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  476. Peggy Hatchet-James

    Hillary should throw away all presidential aspirations! Period. The race can never be Hillary's. It's Bill's now and will be Bill's tomorrow. He has unresolved issues, like our current President "had a score to settle" when he "took" office.

    Bill Clinton left the Whitehouse in a republican-orchestrated disgrace (as he sees it). Hillary’s run was always a possibility he saw as an opportunity for nostalgia. Moreover, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave provides the greatest satisfaction for political vengeance of this nature. But I digress.

    Unfortunately for the dynamic duo, the presidency belongs to neither of them for this reason: Bill Clinton's venom-filled offensive remark, calling Obama's run for the Whitehouse "a joke" or "rolling the dice", among other implications, tricks, and Carl Rove maneuvering, was taken very seriously by the Black community at large. He, too, has lifted the covers to reveal his "true" self, in a moment of absolute rage.
    Where was this rage directed? At Obama, of course. But why attempt smothering consuming fires of the "call to unity" by throwing dynamite? It’s almost comical.

    He seeks a method to claim it as (his) own. They are "pros" remember? Media scrutiny is peanuts to them; likewise for unfavorable news pieces. So what's the root of the Clinton's poisonous attack and show of “true” colors?

    As quiet as it's kept, Hillary cannot and never will stomach the reality that a Black man's vision for a better America rocked her world forever. This will be written in history; and she–a Clinton! dammit!–will be eternally remembered as the victim of a tide of change, with Barak Obama surfing its momentum.

    He will definately be the Democratic nominee...Universal Law demands it.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  477. j.p ellsworth

    the time to pay for a crime involving the deaths of thousands never passes.they should be impeached and punished severely in order to set an example to anyone else who wants to use the presidency for there personal agendas

    January 9, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  478. Boone, Atlanta

    Oh, hell yes!

    Unfortunately we are between a rock & hard spot if they are impeached now. I am a democrat and I sure don't want Pelosi running things.

    Hopefully, we won't politically and financially implode before we can get them out of office. Then they should be indicted and tried for treason for what they have done to our country.

    January 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  479. C. Adams

    Guess who is going to be the President after Hillary'stwo two terms at the White-House, Chelsee Clinton????

    By then, she will have more experience than her mother (Hilliary) does.....

    January 9, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  480. sharon

    The news people stay away from talking about impeachment and the crimes that they have done. We the people, should be able to impeachment Bush, Cheney & Pelosi, because the firstthing she said "Impeachment is OFF! the table".

    January 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  481. slimjim66

    Impeachment proceedings wont go forward because Pelosi , wont budge
    maybe she needs to be removed as speaker , as the nation can see she has
    we need a speaker who understands the Law and can Enforce them ................

    January 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  482. Phil

    I guess Impeachment would do.
    I writeGeorge Bush often making suggestions, he commit himself or an ancient Chinese or Japanese Ritual for traitors or baphoons'.
    I suggested he call a press conference, and admit, he and his Fathers and all their friends and cronies have raped the country, and save his soul!Just be Honest George!

    January 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  483. Phil

    I think these freaks George and Dick actually were or wanted to be worried about Iran, and that is the only reason they went into Affganistan and then Iraq, to surround IRAN!...
    That's about the extent of it!
    The Lies about WMD were simply their charactor and behavior disorders kicking in to sensationalize the whole thing into Monumental Proportions; But, The truth is the Light and they were all exposed!
    The National RAPIST George Bush and Dick Chaney!
    Phill Charlotte, NC

    January 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  484. Lane

    It's all a hoax. For pete's sake. Have we not learned anything?.
    The video and the voice recording of the Iranian boats were fake. It's a drum up to go to another war with a country 3 times the size of Iraq. 3 times the amount of military and munitions. And we have now, thanks to Bush, three time less, the amount of allies that willhelp us out.
    Bush is in Isreal now, trying to get them to help us with Iran.
    This is just another reason to impeach him before we all end up begging for food and his forgiveness.

    January 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  485. Amy

    Because Washington has gone soft. They are afraid of standing up for the beliefs of the American people. I would have to say that we actually have someone running for President in 2008 that may actually be able to do something about the mess the Bush Administration has gotten us into. Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential candidate calling for IMPEACHMENT and has written the legislation for it–HR 333.

    January 9, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  486. JJ

    The crimes of these men will have to be addressed sooner or later. Even when they leave office, what they'd done, the hell they have created in the world...there will be a tremendous price paid by America for generations to come.

    I can't remember a more awful, and dark time for America.
    It's like we've been living with truly evil people crowding our air waves and TV's for over seven straight years. How is it possible that such terrible people are allowed to continue on in front of the American people, day after day and lie through their teeth about murderous behavior and get away with it?

    We have been MURDERING innocent people by the hundreds of thousands in Iraq for years now. You can't NOT prosecute this?

    You ask why have we not impeached Bush? This is light years beyond the talk of impeachment. These men are WAR CRIMINALS.

    Let's start with that, the rest of the violations of our laws and constitution are mild compared to the destruction of human life based on outright lies.

    Bush has created a legacy of Hell.
    And I find it painful to even watch the ongoing presidential race because every day that goes by with these men still in office it is another slap in the face for Humanity.

    How in the world do the American people think that an election of another "person" could possibly undo, or fix what has gone wrong with this Nation?

    Everything, 911 included, will have to be addressed if America is ever to heal the damage done in the world by the Bush administration. The mere fact that such an unworthy man like George W. Bush became president of this great country, THAT was the first signal that something had gone very wrong with our "mock" democracy. It's been over for along time. And his tenure as president has proved that for sure because no one in America can or will do anything about what has happened.

    The american "vote" has never mattered less. It means nothing. It's a vote for the sponsorship of a sea of lies.

    Without a doubt, America the Tyranny.

    January 9, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  487. Mike

    I have read most of these until:

    "Congress won’t impeach Bush or Cheney because the idea is completely laughable. The two modern examples of impeachment proceedings were ludicrous. Clinton’s impeachment was totally without merit as what he “did” was a personal matter, not Executive. And, as we now know from history, the impeachment of Richard Nixon was nothing more than a Democrat-partisan lynch mob (with some yellow Republicans in tow). From Hiss to the 1960 race to Vietnam, history proves that Nixon’s impeachment was a total abomination towards one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.
    There is nothing that President Bush has done that warrants even considering impeachment. George McGovern, albeit enjoying senility, is just ramping up the rhetoric to swing voters towards a Democratic candidate in November. This tactless tactic will be seen to be nothing more than pure dirt. Perhaps he needs his diaper changed.

    Ronald Potter
    Niagara Falls, Canada"

    then I thought, really, is anyone watching "Gulf of Tonkin 2" in the straits of Hormuz? Just another reason to impeach tricky Dick 2 and "W" the stupid and richer.

    January 9, 2008 at 8:21 pm |
  488. Tom

    Because the United States citizen will allow it. The two party system are like two big fraternities on campus (or two gangs in the hood) and each will protect their brother, right or wrong, and lie, and manipulate the truth in order to do so. The average citizen is too shallow to comprehend the corrupt system or looks the other way in order to be a part of the team he thinks he's on as well as thinking he can reap the benefits that he believes his brothers will bring his way. The rest of us are too comfortable living life and don't want to be disrupted in order to remove the log in our eye. Dont think I'm right? Then how many of us our actually fighting for our freedom? If we were, Bush and Cheney wouldn't be in office. Instead, we let other people fight for us and that's why the fight is in Iraq and Bin Laden is still flapping at the mouth.

    Bush and Cheney should have been fired long ago regardless of who would have been the interm President because that person could take the same route until we got it right. Two wrongs never make a right. Change will NEVER take place until the United States citizen changes and I dont see that happening anytime soon regardless of who is elected as the next President. A President needs a strong backbone and the United States doesn't have one as it's citizens are more like sheep .

    January 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  489. RedSea Foreign National

    Impeachment procedings do not happen because the American people do not put pressure on their congress representative to do so ! I ask how many people in the US have written to their congress representative to ask for answers?

    It might take a few letters, not just one, and it will also take organization, but if the American people themselves put enough pressure on Congress it would happen!

    January 9, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  490. Tina

    The sooner the better.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  491. Joe Craig

    Dear Jack
    The impeachment has already begun but it will not only be the president and vice president leaving , it will be the sizeable Republican presence in both houses in November.

    January 10, 2008 at 12:46 am |
  492. Always Ask WHY

    Excuse: "We won't get the votes." BS! The Democrats disrespect and underestimate the intelligence, patriotism, of the American People, and their respect for the law and justice. When the American People finally begin to see and hear the TRUTH about Bush's and Cheney's crimes by watching the impeachment hearings 24/7, and when they begin to understand the definition of "high crimes (no misdemeanors here!), THEY will force the Republicans to vote for impeachment.

    They will also begin to understand Nancy Pelosi's complicity in Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld's TORTURE AND LIES. So, FIRST, the House of Representatives must give Pelosi the boot as soon as possible and find a suitable replacement to fill the seat of Speaker of the House ... someone who can responsibily and with integrity assume the presidency for the next 11 months after Bush and Cheney are in prison.

    January 10, 2008 at 1:14 am |
  493. Jamie


    Maybe Nancy Pelosi should be impeached as well! Who is she to make such an assinine statement that impeachment is "off the table"? Thus, giving BushCheneyCo the assurance that they can continue trampling the constitution and breaking the law with no threat of recrimination at all. She is an even bigger idiot than they are!

    January 10, 2008 at 6:21 am |
  494. Bucko

    It's way too late to impeach these two clowns. The cowardly congress has for too long given them free reign of the country. No ones going to shoot this lame duck, it's just not worth the trouble. Let's just let them go to their graves with the deaths of thousand of people and the ruination of this countries quality of life solidly on their heads.

    I could go on but why bother........

    January 10, 2008 at 9:31 am |
  495. Ruth

    I think she made a foolish decision taking impeachment off the table. Someone should at least tie his hands so he can't make anymore negative remarks about other countries. I am worried that his remarks could start world war three. This is a man who dodged the Vietnam war. Mr. Gates made a comment today about not bailing out Nato in Afganastan. Who bailed Bush out or the war that was valid.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:55 am |
  496. jim

    Jack, when you get a wad of gum or a lump of dog S%#t stuck to the bottom of your shoe, your instinct is to get rid of it. Bush and Cheney have got to be the biggest 'one-two' wad of gum , piece of s%#t in the history of the U.S. presidency. Why on earth would you not want to impeach them both!??

    January 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  497. Donald, Springfield, IL.

    Jack, it's too late! The proceedings would take too long and they will be gone in a year. The Bush gang has already destroyed our county's reputation internationally, trampled on our constitution, manipulated Congress, lied to all Americans, and created a debt so deep we may never dig our way out. The damage is done.

    We need to focus on the future and only hope our next president can be a true leader that will fix the damage from the last eight years.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  498. William - Indiana

    I also believe they have violated the Constitution.
    I have to admit I listened to Bush, thought I understood Bush, voted for Bush
    ( please forgive me ) but then what I thought would occur during his term did not. Going to war without congressional permission, as I believe is the case of invading Iraq, if examined, would, I believe lead a majority of people to impeach.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  499. Juice

    I think John Kerry's indorsement of Senator Obama is a welcome sign for the nation. Unfortunately, If Hillary were to be elected president, there would be gridlock like you'd never seen it in this country. Let's face it, republicans hate her with a passion.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  500. Ray

    Why does Obama need a list from John Kerry when Obama has the entire news media constantly bombarding us on every move he makes and how many points he's up on Clinton. Two things you can count on, we all know how accurate the polls are at leading the lemmings to the edge of the cliff,only to be wrong and secondly,John Kerry with all his talent took a no lose situation and did the almost impossible against George Bush...... He Lost.!

    January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  501. Joe Igoe (Grandpa Joe)

    Jack – You don't win an election with a percentage – You need delegates. How many delegates did Clinton win in New Hampshire and how many did Obama win? I believe it was 9 each. Why doesn't the media report this?

    January 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  502. Richard corcoran


    January 10, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  503. Doug Graham

    We need to remove Most Favoured Nation Trading Status away from China. MFN should be connected to a minimum wage and minimum environmental requirments. We need to use our trading power to make the world better.


    January 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  504. Clif

    We need Obamba, with Hope, Dreams, Respect, and Leadership.
    These are the tickets on the Polar Express, punch our tickets for the OBAMA EXPRESS. He's changed all the candidates, now is time to change the Nation.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  505. Jimmie King

    If the PEOPLE couldn't, and our HIRED HANDS we put in Office wouldn't Impeach Clinton. What would give you any idea Bush could or would get Impeached-??? Washington DC is the top of the Food Chain. Bush is the Cook and EVERYONE ELSE set at those Tables waiting to be served BIG Meals with many side order Benefits. Now you see how many things Bush can't get through the House and Senate, how in the World do you think someone like Obama can get anyone of his OLD but New Ideas of Promises through. The man hasn't spent enough time in Washington. DC as a US Senatro to even know where all the Restrooms are at in the White House or on the Hill. Facts are Fact, I only see THREE (3 or maybe 4) people running who can get Bills passed in both the House and Senate. That is Mrs. Clinton, Mr. McCain, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Huckabee. We done need anymore Party-hardty People in Office for us.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  506. Maurice Fillion

    Jack, you and other TV commentators have praised Barack Obama’s speech on Tuesday night, after his loss in the New Hampshire primary. I have not heard you or anyone else, however, emphasize that the speech was Obama’s answer to the critics who point to his lack of readiness for the presidency. Obama gave them an irrefutable answer: "I don’t claim that I have the answer to the country’s every problem. Neither I nor any other presidential candidate can solve the country’s every problem. Only the American people, once they rise to their obligation as citizens, can launch our country in a sorely needed new direction.” First, however, the people must be aroused, inspired, driven to believe in their ability to govern themselves. And that’s where Barack Obama comes in. “Words count,” he said during a recent debate. Yes, indeed. What Obama can do better than anyone on the political scene is to reinvigorate the American citizenry, including the young and the disaffected. He will speak, he will motivate and inspire, and thus he will change the course of our history. Not because he has all the answers, but because he will make us believe passionately that YES WE CAN.

    January 10, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  507. tim hammer

    Jack I have one thing that bothers me along with the continual SMOKE with no answers of HOW, to any of the issues from any of the candidates.
    We seem to be haveing a black and white run for president, instead of american vs
    american run for president. The question is Obama is NOT black he's half white,
    just as Tiger woods is not black he's have black and half ( I believe ) asian
    so why are we using black and white instead just good old americans running for president, and good old americans playing golf ?
    I know you won't touch this one, it would be too hot even for YOU..


    January 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm |
  508. Mary

    The American people have become complacent and too comfortable until now. What will finally break the camels back, besides chalking up all the illegal nasty stupid things the Bush Administration has and keeps on doing, will be when the American people lose everything. I am referring to the economy and the impending rescension. When enough people have been kicked out of their houses and the homeless shelters are over flowing will something be done. I hope this fiasco will serve as a wake up call and bring the people back to actually studying History in order to prevent something like this again. Perhaps it really is too late and the USA is about to fall like Rome. In that case the only hope we have would be for Canada to invade us.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  509. Gary Litteer

    I like your style. The sharpness and precision leave no room for misunderstanding. Caucuses are a test of political corectness.
    A secret ballot, however allows preferences, prejudices, and real secret
    thoughts emerge. A black man in our society may not be electable, but
    in a politically correct group they may not admit that. Too bad, because
    Obama may be the best choice. As of now I like Clinton.
    O'Bama... Irish???
    I'm 68, white, and am damn tired of the long drawn-out process.
    I like Canada, they have the opportunity for a vote of non-confidence,
    call an election, and 90 days later VOTE.
    No pundit or candidate would admit to the above ie, the difference of
    caucuses vs secret ballots, a rapid death for either if they did.

    Thanks Jack. Gary, Napavine, Wa.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  510. John

    They won't let you impeach them. After all they run the government and only answer to themselves.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  511. Nick, Phoenix, AZ

    These two monsters are the poster children for impeachment!! My God, if they don't get impeached, convicted and thrown into prison, then God help this country. If they aren't held accountable, then no President ever will. At that point all the Constitution will be used for is toilet paper. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid absolutely disgust me for taking impeachment off the table. I will NEVER vote for a cowardly democrat again.

    Welcome to the Fascist States of Amerika and 1984.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm |

    They should have been impeached for treason, exposing an undercover operative
    illegal wire taps, you name it, these two men have gotten away with the most unbelievable acts of abuse of human rights.

    January 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  513. carla

    why worry about it now, their term is over soon

    January 11, 2008 at 1:23 am |
  514. carla

    why does it take so long to get my message out there?

    January 11, 2008 at 1:45 am |
  515. DK

    Does anyone remember Bank of America giving out credit cards to illegal aliens, and the arguments it caused?

    How convenient that Bank of America, which didn't stop that practice, is now attempting to buy Countrywide which is so impacted by sub-prime mortgages.

    Follow the money and connect the dots people!!

    January 11, 2008 at 8:44 am |
  516. JC Topeka, KS

    Yes, they should have been impeached a long time go. They are both guilty of mutiple violations of the US Constitution, Federal Law, International Law and numerous Treaty violtions that the United States entered into with foreign nations. However, even if we were able to find enough members of the House of Representative with the backbone to do their Consitutional duty and impeach these two, I doubt very much that the US Senate would ever manage to bring them to trial before they leave office.

    But while impeachment is to late, I feel that these two pretenders should be investigated, hounded and brought to justice regardless of the time and cost incurred. We must insure that never again Congress and the American people permit our government to be highjacked and violated as it has been during the course of this administration.

    History shall look upon this administration as the most corrupt, and innept in our nations history. If the nation is able to recover from 8 years of mismanagement and abusive power it may be the greatest feat in our nations history, no thanks what so ever to these two.

    January 11, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  517. zaney

    Oh, puleeze. It is too late to impeach the Oil Bandits gang, who have been in power seven years and one month, while Americans suffered near death by one thousand cuts. Give it up. This couple are both guilty of major crimes against the Constitution, of course. But our spineless Congress is afraid of its shadow, and could never bring themselves to incur Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney's wrath and even greater wrath from the supportive oligarchs who inhabit the beltway region, guarding their money supply. Its too late. Just get an experienced person in that office next. No more on-the-job training in the oval office while the rest of the world snickers at us and says "those crazy Americans".

    January 11, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  518. Pat

    The reason nobody impeaches is because the movement does not have the broad based, multi-district wide support it needs to get congress to move. While there may be thousands who want to see it, they are not nearly enough to make it happen. Without support of around 40% or more of the electorate across at least 220 house districts impeachment is about as realistic as a US democracy in Iraq

    January 11, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  519. Gary Byars

    I wish I knew why Congress will not impeach Bush and Cheney. If there were ever a President that deserves to be thrown out of office in disgrace it is George W. Bush. This week he added yet another reason for immediate impeachment , the so called Iranian provocation of our War ships in the Hormuz Straits. He is obviously hell bent on starting a war with Iran before he leaves office and he is pulling out all stops in an attempt to drum up support . The nuclear threat did not work, disproven by the NIE report. So now he resorts to lying about Iranians in ski boats threatening our billion dollar destroyers in the open sea. Of course you in the media help him out by reporting his lies verbatim and then never following up with the truth. Now we have millions of Americans who believe Iran is thinking about attacking our Navy with Ski Boats for Gods Sake. Kinda reminds me of the old story about Saddam spraying the US with posion gas using remote controlled toy planes.
    If Bush starts another war with Iran and a few hundred thousand Iranian citizens are killed to match the few hundred thousand Iraqi citizens, I will blame our spineless Congress and you in the mass media for enabling one of the greatest mass murders of our time George W. Bush..

    January 11, 2008 at 1:08 pm |