The 'iword' is 'out there'

No thanks to the Washington Post's boneheaded pollster, Impeachment talk is gaining momentum in the blogs, in polite discourse, and even in the media.

Jane Hamsher, with the assist from Media Matters, notes that the Post's pollster Richard Morin has a short memory. The Post's Deborah Howel wrote last month that: "The question many demanded that The Post ask [in its polls] is biased and would produce a misleading result, Morin said."

In an online "chat" Morin responded to readers' impeachment questions with remarkable restraint, considering their lack of editorial experience: "This question makes me mad... Getting madder... Madder still..." Later concluding: "[W]e do not ask about impeachment because it is not a serious option or a topic of considered discussion..."

Sure, lying to start a war and illegal wiretaps aren't serious, we realize that, but blowjobs... now you're talkin! Rewind to a Post poll from Jan. '98:

  • "If this affair did happen and if Clinton did not resign, is this something for which Clinton should be impeached, or not?"
  • "If Clinton lied by testifying under oath that he did not have an affair with the woman, and he did not resign, is this something for which Clinton should be impeached, or not?"

And yes, Morin was the editor then.

In the Post's less serious and totally separate cousin, the online Post, Dan Froomkin, who is most definitely not a print reporter wrote, via John Aravosis:
"The revelation that President Bush secretly authorized a domestic spying program has incited a handful of Congressional Democrats to discuss his possible impeachment. And while continued Republican control of Congress makes such a move extremely unlikely, the word is reemerging into mainstream political discourse."
John Conyers' resolutions for investigations and censures of Cheney and Bush are [HERE].

MSNBC's Howard Fineman via Prometheus 6: "The 'I-word' is out there, and, I predict, you are going to hear more of it next year — much more."

You may be skeered of who'll take the reins should Bush be impeached, but upholding the standards are, arguably, more important. Discuss. (Firedoglake, Americablog, Truthout, Prometheus 6)

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