According to a Washington Times exclusive:

Congressional Democrats say their constituents are clamoring for something even the most liberal lawmakers promise they won’t pursue — President Bush’s impeachment.
“I get one call after another saying, ‘Impeach the president,’ ” said Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat and one of Mr. Bush’s most relentless critics on the Iraq war.
“It’s a simple process but a very divisive thing,” Mr. Murtha said. “You’ve got to measure what it’s going to do to the country, and at this point I don’t see that happening. Instead we’ll fight it out on the issues.”

The story is, as they say, developing. But ain’t it something that Jack “Okinawa” Murtha is the man leading the charge?

More: Now that I’ve read this at more than a glance, Murtha is saying impeachment won’t happen. But he’s also saying that his constituents are demanding it. Which appears to me to be a way of setting it up so that it does happen.

But we’ll see as more details emerge from the Times.

More: The Times has added to the story. It sounds like the Dems’ are lamenting their deep and wide “idiot liberals” problem.

Some members speculated that the Democratic takeover of Congress and passage of Iraq withdrawal timetables in both the House and Senate have emboldened liberals across the country who want to see the president embarrassed during his final 21 months in office.

“The timing is all wrong,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat. “If this were the first two years of his administration I would advocate impeachment. A lot of people at home say impeachment, and I’m sure he committed a lot of impeachable offenses, but think about it practically.”

Asking liberals to think practically? That’s a laugh.

The story catalogues a whole bunch of ways Democrat officeholders have backed away from impeachment, but finishes with Gollum taking a swing at the ring:

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, said he thinks impeachment has merit. In a video on his 2008 presidential campaign site, Mr. Kucinich tells supporters: “We need to reevaluate the direction of this administration by looking at its conduct in office, by determining whether it has faithfully followed the laws of our nation. I’m prepared to start that process.”

This has the feel of a trial balloon. These Dems want to see how the country reacts before actually advocating impeaching the president. Or at least that’s how I’m reading it.

Update: Oh-ho! I see that Senator Joseph Biden is talking about the i-word.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Delaware Sen. Joe Biden said a case could be made to impeach President Bush, but that such a step would be politically impractical.

Biden told about 200 students at Drake University Law School Tuesday that most Americans wouldn’t want to impeach Bush. He said such a move would be bad politics and could have unintended consequences.

“I don’t want to impeach Bush — because I don’t want Cheney,” he said, referring to Vice President Dick Cheney.

He’s been reading the comments here, it seems. But he’s still a dolt.

Among other things, Biden called for:

— The razing of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the site of a prisoner abuse scandal.

— The closing and abandonment of the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, where suspected terrorists are being held.

— A more assertive Congress that is willing to be steadfast in its opposition to the president’s policies.

Again with the Abu Ghraib.

Where do you, Senator, want to put people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Hmmm? Can’t keep them in Cuba, you want Abu Ghraib razed, so where do they go?

As for point 3, you people run the show now in Congress now. If you’re lamenting a weak spine there, then you and Nancy and the rest of you just need to cowboy up.