July 13th, 2007
05:50 PM ET
3 years ago

The “I” Word

Boxer said Wednesday impeachment should be on the table.

NEW YORK (CNN) - You might call it the "i" word, the one that just won't go away: impeachment.

On Wednesday, the I-word came up for California Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer in an interview with talk radio’s Ed Schultz. When Schultz brought up the subject of impeachment, Boxer said “Look, I have always said it should be on the table” and called the Bush administration “as close as we've ever come to a dictatorship.”

Is impeachment really on the table? Democratic leaders say no and no.

Last November, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters that even with Democrats winning control of Congress, “impeachment is off the table.” And her office reiterated that to CNN this week.

Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said, "It's not anything that Senator Reid could support, nor is it under consideration."

So if congressional leaders say impeachment proceedings will not happen under their watch, why bring it up?

CNN Political Editor Mark Preston says the rhetoric over impeachment is “red meat” meant to appease the Democratic base, which is frustrated with the war in Iraq. But talk is just talk, and political observers say that actually trying to impeach the president would be a bad move strategically. As Preston explains it, impeaching the president would actually hurt Democrats in their pursuit of the White House in 2008. “They would look partisan,” says Preston. “They would look petty.”

- CNN Producer Shirley Zilberstein


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Mrs. America

    No sense to start impeachment proceedings. Both Bush and Cheney would have to be included because the last thing the U.S. (or the world) needs is Cheney as president, should Bush be removed from office, which wouldn't happen. Of the two impeached presidents in U.S. history, neither was found guilty and ousted by the senate. So, what a waste of time to spend on the mistake that sits in the Oval Office.

    The world outside of the U.S. borders, and now the Americans seem to be following suit, is just waiting for Bush's term to end, that nothing more drastic happens until then, and hoping a sane president will be elected. How do I know all of these sentiments? I read news reports and opinions from all over the world, not just the U.S. and the Americas.

    July 15, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Take the money you would have spent on impeachment of these criminals and spend it on upgrading the voting machines instead, so they are more secure and cannot be hijacked. It has been proven, again and again, that the voting machines can be rigged to elect whoever the rigger wants. This no doubt happened in 2000 in Florida, and again in 2004 in Ohio.

    Plus, the CEO of Diebold was a Bush supporter and fund raiser for his campaign. Conflict of interest is an understatement. Fix the voting machine problems now, so this can't happen again in 2008.

    July 15, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Boulder, Co

    I'm not in favor of wasting taxpayer's money on moving forward with impeachment proceeding. However, Senator Boxer is correct that we have had a massive abuse of Constitutional power and continual lies by Bush and Cheney. So, the impeachment procees should start as soon as possible for both Bush AND Cheney to send a clear message to future presidents and vice-presidents they are not "kings" of America.

    July 15, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. EL Paso, TX

    I would use the term impeachment if I wanted free publicity.

    July 15, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Joe Shepard, Spring Lake North Carolina

    Before congress can even seriously begin to think about impeachment, it ( as a group) has got to begin to think about possibly doing something constructive and meaningful for the American people–like controlling illegal aliens, enforcing existing immigration laws, reining in the oil companies and their obscene profits. IF the honorables DO manage to deal positively with these issues, THEN they can consider impeachment. Otherwise, Junior is here to stay until the end of his term.

    July 17, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Get a new theme song

    California is known to be the home of fruits and nuts. I'm always amazed to see the veracity of the "nuts" in this country calling for Impeachment. This President remains firmly in office because you nut-jobs have NOTHING to begin articles of impeachment. Just your whining and crying of alleged misdeeds... and your faithful leader Barbara Boxer (coo-coo).

    July 18, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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