It’s a red-letter day about a blue dress, the day the
“Impeach” means only to charge with or accuse of — in Clinton’s case, perjury and obstruction of justice over the
Since then, even more than before, the word "impeach" has been bandied about on Capitol Hill almost as much as the phrase "nuclear option," and with even less effect. It's become almost as predictable as the guy who's peeved that he didn't get his speeding ticket thrown out and pledges to take it "all the way to the Supreme Court."
Until Clinton was impeached on a pretty much party-line vote in the Republican House, the only presidential precedents were
Impeach is such a short, satisfying word, no wonder it’s getting tossed around so, well, liberally. In 2008, liberal Democratic Ohio congressman and sometime presidential candidate
Members of Congress have done themselves no favors by conflating their disagreements with duly passed legislation from a twice-elected president — like
The word has been used more and more boldly — obviously in the hope of scoring political points and the expectation that just using the word is a goal in itself — but overuse has rendered it less potent. In fact, some among the GOP may remember how the Clinton impeachment backfired on them in the 1998 midterm elections and kneecapped them in the polls.
Maybe that's why congressional Democrats haven't turned a hair over it now.
The word’s been used more about sitting Supreme Court justices. In 1970, Michigan Republican Rep.
In the 1950s, Southerners who objected to Supreme Court desegregation rulings raised up billboards across Dixie demanding "Impeach Earl Warren," the chief justice and the former governor of California who presided over Brown vs. Board of Education.
Only a few federal judges have ever been impeached and removed from office, among them Florida District Judge
In a couple of weeks it'll be 2014, and I'm nominating "impeach" as the soon-to-be "word of the year." If I had a nickel for every time someone will be using it, I could probably finance a whole congressional campaign.