Pres. Bush Maintains Strong Approval, Cheney Impeachment Lacks Support
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10 November 2007:
No matter what he does, or doesn't do, President George W Bush remains very popular and well liked by a good chunk of voters in the United States. While a slight majority do not approved of how President Bush has handled the White House, 40 percent contend he is doing a great job, and 1 percent said he is the best president to date the United States.
In a CNN/Opinion Research poll during November 2007 -- 23 percent of voters called President Bush the worst president to date, 35 percent said the president is performing poorly.
More than 7 in 10 Republicans consider President Bush a great leader and praise his leadership since taking office in January 2001. This number has changed slightly in the past four years and has dropped from about 9 in 10. As would be expected, Democrats overwhelmingly do not approve of President Bush, but still, more than 1 in 10 praise President Bush for his dedication and leadership, all of this according to the CNN/Opinion Research data.
Meanwhile, the issue of impeachment arose this week in Washington DC for President Bush's second in command: Vice president Dick Cheney. When Republicans controlled Congress --during the President Clinton administration-- bringing forth impeachment hearings against Clinton was a popular move within the president's opposing party. But nearly 10 years later, impeachment has turned into a dirty word across both parties and stands no chance of gaining momentum.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) pushed for a vote to impeach Cheney accusing the vice president of "deliberately manipulating intelligence and deceiving the public to build support for the invasion of Iraq." Kucinich contends too that an impeachment would be a pre-emptive measure to avoid any kind of attack on Iran. Some form of military action against Iran is being tossed around, inside the Beltway say insiders, as a good political stunt to pull during election year 2008. The idea, say strategists, is that hitting Iran during 2008 would ensure a Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani victory for the White House and keep Republican control on Pennsylvania Avenue for four more years.
The majority of Democrats in Congress do not support going through with impeaching Cheney however.
Kucinich and some 21 who support the measure did not read President Bush's executive orders following attacks on New York City in September 2001 which clearly state the president and his administration are not liable for what was to come in the name of fighting terrorism. By default, the president pre-absolved himself and others from any wrong doing.
Kucinich, who is running for president in 2008, contends the Iraq invasion lead to 4,000 deaths of military personnel from the United States and "that over a million innocent Iraqis, noncombatants, civilians, have lost their lives..." But from even the most lofty and unproven data, no one has estimated one million deaths across Iraq as a result of the invasion.
"And the administration is preparing still to take us in another war against Iran, similarly lying about a cause for war," Kucinich said.
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