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Some of my best friends are rabid for impeachment. I want impeachment. But I'm not not going to talk about it much between now and the November elections. Oh, I may discuss it among solid lefties, but when I'm talking to moderates and Republicans, I'm sealing my lips when it comes to impeachment.

The fact is, in most polls, around 45-55% of respondants support impeachment. That means most Democrats and lefties support impeachment.

But look at independents and moderates, and the numbers are much lower. These are the people who are going to decide the November elections. Among Republicans, even moderate Republicans, the support almost disappears.

If the Dems are going to take back congress, then it will happen for a few reasons. First, the Democrats must succeed in a strong Get Out The VOte effort (GOTV.)

Second, the Republicans-- at least the moderate, less rabid ones-- must be so disgusted with their candidates that they stay home.

There are some promising signs that this will happen.


of course, the Republicans will do all they can to mobilize their base, so their GOTV efforts are successful. The other day, Ken Mehlman, the RNC chair, encouraged Republicans to vote by absentee ballot. Do you smell something funny, like mistrust of electronic voting machines?

One way the Republicans are beating the bushes to get out their moderates-- the ones most likely to stay home-- is to raise fears of chaos, that the Democrats will destroy the country-- wild liberalism rampant in the congress and impeachment of the president and vice president. Polls show that this does not encourage people to vote for Democrats. I think that this kind of threat could be effective in getting out voters who might otherwise stay home.

The more Democrats talk about impeachment, the more it will put moderate Republicans on edge and we don't want them on edge. We want them depressed, disgusted and ignoring the news because it's all bad for Republicans.

We don't want to hand the RNC the gift of an issue that will rouse their disaffected troops.

I think this is the reason that Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and others have been rejecting the idea of impeachment. The time isn't right yet. Wait until after the Dems take back both houses of congress.

On the other hand, it makes good sense to talk about how the Republican pattern of hiding the facts, avoiding reality gives good reason for electing candidates who will support investigations of the war, of 9/11 of the Katrina failures...

Of course, between you and me, those investigations could very well lead to the uncovering of information that would virtually mandate pursual of impeachment. But the first step is seeking information. That's where Dems should be taking the Foley imbroglio.

The Republicans have a chronic culture of hiding the evidence, burying the truth.

We need candidates who are willing to commit to investigating all the areas the right wing has covered up or ignored-- corruption, scandals, dirty tricks, fraud, crooked lobbyist activities, crooked deals with corporations. That's what we should be supporting now. We can talk about dealing with what they uncover after the elections.

Once the investigations begin, things will get very interesting. The writing will be on the wall for 2008 and the mainstream media will start to cover the dirt under the Republican carpet much more. Then, when pollsters ask about impeachment, the numbers will be much stronger-- so strong that even Republicans may start backing impeachment-- to save their own hides.

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Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and website architect of OpEdNews.com, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), and publisher of Storycon.org, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor . He is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

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Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.


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Well at least you are facing Reality in acknowledg... by Vulture on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 9:21:42 AM
You misunderstand. As soon as the Dems are in cont... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 9:45:23 AM
rob said "The writing will be on the wall for 2008... by Vulture on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 11:07:34 AM
A practical strategy that forestalls action becaus... by Nezua on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 10:09:50 AM
Impeachment scares the moderates, like opening Pan... by Rev. Bill McGinnis on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 10:22:13 AM
but if you and I do what you said above, we'll mis... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 2:14:58 PM
War Crimes charges for GWB and Cheney at the ICC a... by Vulture on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 4:31:36 PM
In the wake of Foleygate, it's certain there is go... by Pappy on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 4:36:12 PM
War Crimes charges for GWB and Cheney at the ICC a... by Tony Forest on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 4:31:21 AM
Rossini proves his worth ". Chomsky, is a left gat... by Vulture on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 9:38:19 AM
And Rob Kall called me a "Koolaid" drinker with ob... by Vulture on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 3:05:33 PM
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It is very true nothing lasts forever. Even the Py... by Pappy on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 12:43:26 PM
So by your arguments Rob Kall , Rossini and many o... by Vulture on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 3:15:56 PM
So by your arguments Rob Kall , Rossini and many o... by Pappy on Friday, Oct 6, 2006 at 2:51:42 AM
Sorry it boils down to when I say something that d... by Vulture on Friday, Oct 6, 2006 at 9:01:00 AM
There is just no talking to you, is there? When co... by Pappy on Friday, Oct 6, 2006 at 2:31:59 PM
you said "There is no reason to doubt that he coul... by Vulture on Friday, Oct 6, 2006 at 4:18:11 PM
you said "There is no reason to doubt that he coul... by Pappy on Saturday, Oct 7, 2006 at 2:32:12 PM
Every election we go through this. Why isn't th... by Mark E. Smith on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 1:39:27 PM
Den Hague. It's a remote possibility, but if I rec... by Tony Forest on Thursday, Oct 5, 2006 at 3:15:29 PM