Video: Murtha suggests impeachment if President doesn’t “compromise”

posted at 12:46 pm on April 29, 2007 by Ian


Rep. John Murtha suggested the possibility of impeachment to “influence” the President to “compromise” over funding for Iraq. Is it just me or does John Murtha sound like Vito Corleone? Does Murtha not know he is talking about impeaching the President of the United States because he is not compromising with the will of the far-left of Congress? That’s neither a high crime nor even a misdemeanor, which are the behaviors that are supposed to trigger impeachment. Murtha’s suggestion is outside the bounds of what Congress is supposed to do to influence the behavior of a sitting president, to say the least.

But then again, Jack “Abscam” Murtha has never been one to hold the law in high regard.

Earlier this month, Bryan wrote about Murtha receiving calls from his constituents telling him to impeach President Bush.

Transcript:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Are you seriously talking about contemplating an impeachment of this President?

MURTHA: What I’m saying is there are four ways to influence a President.

SCHIEFFER: — and that’s one of them?

MURTHA: [unintelligible] and the fourth one is –

SCHIEFFER: — that’s an option that’s on the table?

MURTHA: I’m just saying that’s one way to influence the President

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Well, hell, if law is off the table Big Murtha, why not just go up there and beat his a%% until he compromises? Man, here we had to wait until Clinton broke the law to impeach him; all we had to do was find something he wouldn’t compromise on and then we could have impeached him.
Let’s see, what other ways can congress influence the President…um..hey, they could write a law that President Bush is not allowed to breathe…and then they could write another law that he’s not allowed to veto the ‘No President Bush Breathing Law’. They’d have him in a conundrum and he’d be sure to compromise then, or maybe just pass out, but hey, that’s something. Man, it’s fun being lib. Nothing has to make sense. Someone doesn’t cooperate, just throw them out..or kill them. Murtha must be channeling Putin’s way of dealing with polical opponenets.

austinnelly on April 29, 2007 at 12:56 PM

Anyone who is against war has absolute moral authority, because they are against war. Why can’t the BushHitler Riechwing Conspiracy understand these simple things?

Halley on April 29, 2007 at 1:01 PM

Blatant power grab by the Congress…

Sad that they don’t see what this power grab will do to the country.

Romeo13 on April 29, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Let the democrats speak. I like when people dig their own graves. I’m lazy.

lorien1973 on April 29, 2007 at 1:14 PM

The Left has no respect for Rule of Law. There is absolutely no reason to call for or act for impreachment of President Bush. He is on the downside of his last two years in office, forever.
This has got to a combination of the following:
1) Payback for Clinton’s impeachment humiliation. Payback to Republicans, doesn’t matter if they’ve nothing.
2) Reliving the “perverse glory” days of Watergate, Vietnam and Nixon.
There’s nothing constructive in any of this for the nation.
Horowitz was right : The Destructive Generation.

naliaka on April 29, 2007 at 1:29 PM

I really want to see Murtha try to have Bush impeached. It’ll do more to help Republicans win back Congress than anything the Republicans themselves have come up with.

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GT on April 29, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Is threatening the life of the President’s family one of those ways that Murtha would include?

JohnJ on April 29, 2007 at 1:37 PM

Do it Murtha . . . you old leftist fool.

rplat on April 29, 2007 at 1:40 PM

I’m convinced that this guy Murtha has completely lost it.

The Republicans had better keep an eye on this dude and make sure he doesn’t start spraying them with something other than venom.

Does anybody remember when our representatives conducted themselves like gentlemen? All of this nastiness started during the Clinton years.

OBX Pete on April 29, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Remind me… when did Spanky get elected to be CinC? These people are truly despicable – and yes, their patriotism DOES need to be questioned. Loudly and frequently.

bofh on April 29, 2007 at 1:46 PM

There are four ways to influence a President. One is…three is…and the fourth is…

Interesting that he skips number two. Which is really all his argument amounts to anyway.

Tennman on April 29, 2007 at 1:50 PM

I really wish they would try and impeachment. It has no chance of happening (unless the Republicans in the Senate get too cowardly)

moonbatha is just milking his 15 minutes of fame for all its worth.

William Amos on April 29, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Vote Democrat, vote traitor….

georgej on April 29, 2007 at 2:09 PM

I’m kinda thinking about if Gingrich would’ve said this

Defector01 on April 29, 2007 at 2:11 PM

The definition of “full of himself” is a picture of this blubbering tool.

infidel4life on April 29, 2007 at 2:18 PM

I firmly believe they are going to try it. Every dirty trick in the book between now and next summer. Anything to confuse the public plays right into their hands. Everyone here keeps up with all the MSM and blogs but how many are we (on either side of the fence)? The general public can’t find Canada on a map.

If you can’t dazzle them with brillance, baffle them with bullshit.

Limerick on April 29, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Interesting that he skips number two. Which is really all his argument amounts to anyway.

Tennman on April 29, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Ok, I thought I was hearing things . . or rather not hearing things.

Let’s play, ‘What’s number 2?’

a. Beat on the Brat like austinnelly said

b. Blackmail

c. number 2 is poopie

- The Cat

MirCat on April 29, 2007 at 2:35 PM

Hey, two can play this game!

How many ways are there for a President to influence Congress? Let’s see if we can think of at least four:

1) Cruise missiles
2) AC-130 in a holding pattern over the Hill
3) Napalm (sticks to Senators!)
4) uh-PAHHH-shays!

:-)

LagunaDave on April 29, 2007 at 2:36 PM

They really want a coup don’t they, do they really want to start another civil war.

djohn669 on April 29, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Oh yeah, that’s what our founding fathers had in mind. Forget the separation of powers. Stupid.

wytammic on April 29, 2007 at 2:52 PM

I think he has lost his mind. Should he be referred to as “Don” Murtha now??

robo on April 29, 2007 at 2:58 PM

I am SO tired of seeing these liberal traitor democrats spewing their vile crap and NOTHING BEING DONE ABOUT IT BY THE GOP!

NRA4FREEDOM SUGGESTS ARRESTING SEDITIOUS TRAITOR LIBERAL DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS FOR AIDING AND ABETTING THE ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…NOW!

NRA4Freedom on April 29, 2007 at 3:09 PM

I think he meant that number two is to put plant in the white house, like a young intern with immediate access to pizza. You know, just like the VRWC did!

Centurion68 on April 29, 2007 at 3:20 PM

What a buffoon.

Wade on April 29, 2007 at 3:34 PM

If I were the President, I’d simply say, “You want a Constitutional crisis? I’ll give you a Constitutional crisis.” And then I would issue an executive order calling for all executive branch employees to cease cooperation with Congress as regards responding to subpoenas and I would instruct the Marshall’s office, DOJ, and all other federal law enforcement bodies to ignore any Congressional orders to arrest executive branch employees for failing to appear. I would then immediately call for the Attorney General to immediately begin investigations of Speaker Pelosi and others for violations of the Logan Act. And we can go on from there…

Matt Helm on April 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Matt Helm on April 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM

YES! Matt for President.

Wade on April 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM

this man is no Marine…

my grandfather, my father and my brother are/were
always will be Marines… I know Marines

this man is no Marine…

Kaptain Amerika on April 29, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Matt you’re starting to sound a lot like a president I didn’t care too much for by the name of Jackson…

Kaptain Amerika on April 29, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Andy Jackson’s my inspiration. :) He’s also one of my favorite presidents. Any man who can take take a shot in a duel, stay standing, return fire, and kill his opponent is the sort of man we need as president now. Plus, he didn’t take crap from anyone. Remembering what he said about John C. Calhoun what he’d do if South Carolina had carried out its threat to secede, I can imagine his response to Dingy Harry and San Fran Nan…

Matt Helm on April 29, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Attack Dog? I think is getting ahead of his party on this one. I mean do they really want this man to run the country!How does Murtha sleep at night?

sonnyspats1 on April 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM

“We offered the President our protection. But he does not want to be protected.”

Niko on April 29, 2007 at 4:04 PM

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” Marcus Cicero

Tru2my2 on April 29, 2007 at 4:23 PM

Murtha makes my skin crawl.

Windbag, blow-hard, imbecilic, moronic, idiotic, left-wing poor excuse for a Veteran.

Sign me as,

lib_NOT….thank God!

lib_not on April 29, 2007 at 4:51 PM

1. What a shame this man didnt become House Majority Leader.

2. A good example of the type of person who should not be allowed to purchase a gun.

Labamigo on April 29, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Bring it on, you doddering leftist tool!

MCPO Airdale on April 29, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Murtha…Chickens are indignant.

Entelechy on April 29, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Murtha is a terrorist!

csdeven on April 29, 2007 at 5:32 PM

I wish just once when he vetoes that bill, that he look in the camera and say Reid,Pelosi,Murtha and then flip them off.

djohn669 on April 29, 2007 at 5:36 PM

What comes around goes around Murtha. I do agree however that Murtha (along with Pelosi, Reid etal)are perfect poster children for exactly why the Democrat Party isn’t fit to govern.

Buzzy on April 29, 2007 at 6:22 PM

God, someone put him in a retirement home…he’s embarrassing to our state.

Bad Candy on April 29, 2007 at 6:23 PM

Two words: Term limits

I think that Congressman Murtha and the others who think like him have lost their way.

itzWicks on April 29, 2007 at 6:59 PM

Windbag, blow-hard, imbecilic, moronic, idiotic, left-wing poor excuse for a Veteran.

He’s fat and ugly too!!

OBX Pete on April 29, 2007 at 6:59 PM

Aww gee whiz, Ian. You mean to say having the audacity to refuse to march to Congress’s kazoo isn’t a firing offense? Dang! There oughta be a law! [/snark] Actually, there really should be a law, against continuing to serve in Congress after the onset of senility.

bdfaith on April 29, 2007 at 7:27 PM

Fer Christ’s sake, isn’t a job as greeter at Wal-Mart open for this old incontinent?

I’ve gotta wonder what sort of toxic dump he’s from; he is the best thing the people from his district can find to send to DC?

SailorDave on April 29, 2007 at 7:52 PM

So now not kowtowing to the Democrats is an impeachable offense?

It’s official: Murtha, Pelosi, et al have gone mad with power.

ZK on April 29, 2007 at 8:07 PM

A President’s refusal to compromise as to a matter within the President’s constitutional responsibilities as Commander in Chief is not an impeachable offense.

Mutha’s comment shows how power-hungry and irresponsible the Democrats are. Murtha is the one who should be removed from office.

Phil Byler on April 29, 2007 at 8:13 PM

Not to add any credibility to this fools ideology, but just how have the Democrats EVER compromised on anything?

BTW, I know someone who personally sat in this tools office, no more than four feet away, trying to explain the need for, well, something important.

He left the meeting looking at his aides and handlers in disbelief, that he had wasted his time, “This guy belongs in a retirement home……” was his parting words.

PinkyBigglesworth on April 29, 2007 at 8:40 PM

Oh yeah, that’s what our founding fathers had in mind. Forget the separation of powers. Stupid.

wytammic on April 29, 2007 at 2:52 PM

All we hear about from the left for six years is how Bushco is dismantling the Constitution and the fourth Reich is on it’s way. Now that they are in power, all the Donks have shown is a prediliction for ignoring the Constitution and trying to take over the Executive Branch.

Mallard T. Drake on April 29, 2007 at 9:20 PM

Ok, I thought I was hearing things . . or rather not hearing things. Let’s play, ‘What’s number 2?’
a. Beat on the Brat like austinnelly said
b. Blackmail
c. number 2 is poopie

I was referring to C, actually.

The man is loco. If you have like minds in the Congress and the Presidency, there is no exercise of a veto necessary.

The separation of powers was created for exactly this reason. If you have two disparate philosophies between the executive and legislative branch, there is 1) The veto; 2) Congress’ ability or inability to override the veto.

Nowhere in the constitution does it say that the President and Congress have to agree. If the Congress doesn’t agree but cannot override the veto, viola! Compromise Constitution style.

Our founding fathers did not live in a utopia. They played politics with naked blades and guns — dueling was commonplace — and made the separation of powers to preserve the rule of law.

Tennman on April 29, 2007 at 9:30 PM

“Nice Administration you’ve got here Mr. President…it’be a shame if anything happened to it.”

“Things break, Mr. President.”

major john on April 29, 2007 at 11:30 PM

Is this guy still going on and on? Murtha you are a total disgrace to this country. Please leave.

Highrise on April 30, 2007 at 3:43 AM

Murtha’s lust for power and notarity is unseemly. He has no sense of good judgement. Murtha is a disgrace to his country, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the USMC.

He should resign. Immediately.

Zorro on April 30, 2007 at 6:45 AM

Murtha is a boob. And so is anyone who ever voted for him.
And the MSM STILL puts this boob on the tube! Pathetic!

lynnv on April 30, 2007 at 8:17 AM

When is someone gonna run over that fat f*ckface?

Coronagold on April 30, 2007 at 9:12 AM

I’m glad Mad Jack is in office, and still doing news shows. He is another of the powerful forces at work discrediting all things Democrat.

Jaibones on April 30, 2007 at 9:36 AM

How about we just try Murtha with treason if he tries it…………

Rock on…………………..

doriangrey on April 30, 2007 at 5:04 PM