The people support an impeachment process even though the Democrats do not. The polls showing support for impeachment have been trending upward. The most recent Zogby poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2, 2006 and found that 53% agreed with the statement: "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment." 42% disagreed, and 5% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 2.9% margin of error.
The people want the Congress to hold the President accountable. Among Democrats and Independent voters--over 65% favoring an impeachment investigation.
It is also important to shatter the "unending nightmare" spin about the Clinton impeachment, with the follow-on that impeachment will tie up the Congress for at least a year. It's not true! The Senate took 3 weeks in February 1999. Three weeks! It may have felt unending because the charges were so trivial but still, that is hardly a lot of time.
The impeachment trial of Bush and Cheney will take even less time. The evidence against Bush and Cheney has already been documented by Rep. Conyers, who's subcommittee issued a report last August making the case for impeachment. The investigation has already been done and Bush has already backed away from his "reasons" for the war and publicly acknowledged that he used warrantless wiretaps. The record is clear that citizens have been disappeared without due process. We know torture was, and still is, being used; as President, the buck stops at his office. No one disputes his use of signing statements, which is totally unconstitutional. You would call for Governor Gregoire's resignation if she signed bills passed by the legislature and then said she did not have to obey those laws. The process will be mercifully swift.
I believe, however, that the Republicans will force Bush and Cheney to step down well before the impeachment process moves to the Senate and that is the real danger for the Democrats. By not leading the impeachment movement, the Democrats will let the Republicans save our democracy and give them ammunition to paint Democrats as weak and as being more concerned with getting reelected than upholding their oath of office. It will make Conservatives look strong and the Republicans will win in 2008 because of that. You think Republican Senator Hagel has not figured this out?
Note to Hillary--if you want to dedeem yourself for supporting an illegal war and occupation, become the warrior for impeachment!