Wall Street Journal Article and Your Comments
"Lonely Causes: Really?.... Committee to Impeach Clinton (Again) Gears Up”
Wall Street Journal - p.A1
By Barry Newman
April 19, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The Committee to Impeach the President Again has crossed
Independence Avenue and is advancing on the House of Representatives
when it bumps into Lewis Uhler, an antitax lobbyist. [CIC] shows him a
letter the committee is hand-carrying to the Speaker of the House.
"Impeach Clinton again?" says Mr. Uhler… "It's not enough to roll him
out at the end of the year and be done with it...." The lobbyist lowers
his voice for seriousness: "But at least there's a chance to press him
on tax cuts….”
[On Capitol Hill] today is Scott Lauf…At 28, he is a tasseled-loafer
Capitol Hill regular and [CIC’s] impeach-him-again point man; on this
occasion, that means he gets to tote a ream or two of letters in a
Also along is Jack Clayton, 60, who wears a black raincoat and stares
at his feet as he talks. He says, "I come from the religious right, a term
I despise. Until they acknowledge the religious left, it's a disgrace."
He grew up in Alabama and sounds like a courtly preacher, with a whiff
Apart from a vigorous yet contained contempt for William Jefferson
Clinton, what every member of the Committee to Impeach the President
Again wants most is to see the guy convicted by the Senate for
something….Let independent counsels and prosecutors wave white
Let a prurience-pummeled public turn to electing somebody else. The
impeach-him-againers are sticking to their guns. The cause is their
energizer. Defeat is no excuse for surrender.
"Maybe it's over with the trial," says Mr. Lauf, "but it isn't over
with us." Mr. Clayton says, "The easy way out was to say it's all about sex;
anybody who says it's all about sex has a mind that's all about
Thus, as their friend the tax lobbyist calls, "Keep up the pressure!"
the committee passes through the metal detector and into the marbled
halls of the House. Their letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert
objects to a federal inquiry on the possibility of policing politics on the
Internet. This bears on impeachment because the committee has a Web
Under a statue of the late Sen. Ernest Gruening of Alaska, Mr. Lauf
confers with a guard and reports: "He says we have to deliver it here.
Want to go up anyway?" Unanimous, the committee makes a break for it,
quickstepping past more heroic statuary until Mr. Lauf asks another
guard for directions. "Where's your pass?" says the guard. The
committee turns around and meanders back.
A young woman in jeans and a sweatshirt stands behind the appointments
desk. "Can you call up to the Speaker's office?" Mr. Lauf asks her. He
explains about delivering the letter. "Give it to me," she says. "I'll
get it to the Speaker." Mr. Lauf isn't sure. "Can you stamp it with the
office you represent?" he says.
"Office I represent?" says the young woman. She takes the letter,
initials it and -- bang -- the Committee to Impeach the President Again
is out the door.
How different it was the first time around. The committee (it was just
the Committee to Impeach the President then) delivered a million
petitions to Congress. The day the Starr report came out, its Web site
absorbed 240,000 hits. At pivotal moments, its forces took to the
sidewalks, handing out little paper cups (for White House drug tests),
wearing prison outfits ("Criminals for Clinton") and overcoats in
August (blizzard of lies), and giving away peaches on impeachment day. They
made the Washington Times twice, the Comedy Channel once -- and evoked
a rude gesture from Democratic operative James Carville's chauffeur.
"It was exhilarating," says Mr. Lauf. "It got us excited."
The committee has not forgotten. On Feb. 12, 1999, its Web site
bewailed "the most shameful day in the history of the U.S. Senate," but
a week after the Clinton acquittal, and every week since, it has posted
an "impeachment update" bulging with impudent questions: "Is Clinton's
pardon of terrorists grounds for removal?" "Is Clinton still snorting
Surfers wash up 3,000 times a day; some send money. Of course, other
Billbashing sites still abound. Yet the committee's site maintains that
only real steps will finally punish that man, Mr. Clinton.
Real steps of the shoe-leather kind, that is. So, with the Speaker
off-limits, it's time for the men who would impeach again to step
across the street for a march down the long, unpoliced halls of the Cannon
House Office Building, where lesser representatives and their staffers
inhabit small offices behind big doors.
And they're off, crisscrossing halls, opening doors, presenting
letters, requesting responses -- and pointing out the name of their
committee. Every receptionist who sees it brightens and chirps "Sure!"
Mr. Lauf chirps back, "We're hopeful," and he smiles.
Two hours and 60 offices later, they repair to a place called Tortilla
Coast, take a table, order lunch and talk strategy.
"We're calling for another inquiry," Mr. Lauf says…. "More is coming
out every day." Mr. Clayton writes up a list of outstanding offenses….. :
"Chickengate, Cattlegate, Chinagate . . . "
A new impeachment bombshell could land any second.
"Look how quickly the hearings and House vote took," says Mr. Lauf.
"Six weeks….” On their way out, they meet another lobbyist friend and give
him and a woman he's with their protest letter. "Impeach again?" the
woman says in a faint voice. "Again?"
The lobbyist introduces her as Paige Ralston, deputy press secretary to
none other than the Speaker of the House….
As the Committee to Impeach the President Again pushes back up Capitol
Hill, Mr. Lauf has a spring in his step. "This," he says, "is going to
be a great year."
[The following is a small sampling of letters of support (and hate) we
have recently received from across the country in reaction to CIC’s
front page coverage in the Wall Street Journal on 4/19/00. If you have
comments, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org ].
I was not a big supporter of impeachment before because I thought an
honorable man would have resigned. I have been a registered Democrat and
voted for "Red Bill" in the last two elections….[I] regret that this
immoral person is transforming Jefferson's party of reason into a
hedonist party of treason. As Democrats and Americans we can not allow
this to happen.” ---Dr. Guy Di Spigno, Chicago, IL.
I support your goal 100%! In fact, I and millions of other Americans
want both "slick Willy" and "slick Hilly" disbarred and imprisoned!
Persist unceasingly until this mission is accomplished.” ---Clyde G
Yes, "Impeach Clinton again" should and must appear in every local
paper and should receive more attention on TV and radio. The WSJ does
not have enough spread.” ---Pieter Vanschagen.
I can't wait for the day he gets what's coming to him! Not only do I
want to see him impeached again, I want to see him kicked out of office!
I want to see him … in chains! ….I will be back to this site again and
again to get updates. Thanks for having the courage to stand up for
what's right!” ---RichR
That farce by the Congress was not an impeachment, that was a
whitewash. The idiots didn't have a clue, like the dog that caught the
car he was chasing.” ---Leonard Clapp.
We would like to see the man convicted. He is a real liar and needs to
be expelled from office. Thanks.” --- Ed. email@example.com
We are still waiting for the Congress to exercise their duty to impeach
the President. Good Work. Keep it up.” ---Paul Carpenter
Every Democratic and Republican Senator who voted against the dismissal of
Clinton from office after being impeached should be voted out of office
when their term expires. The Democratic Senators showed the world that they
are as crooked as Clinton. It boggles my mind how Clinton seems to be getting
away "scot-free" with all the wrong he has done while in office. He must pay
the price of justice….” ---Stan. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, as someone who wanted to see Clinton removed, I agree with you.”
You are right - as heard on the Bob Grant show today, your website is
quite welcomed!” ---Judie Adams-Evans.
Keep up the good work and thanks for sending me the update!!”
This is directed to you after reading the front-page article in the
WSJ. Congratulations on your continued fight to get this slime ball out
of office! I personally feel that "Slick Willie" (& "Hitllary" or "Hilla
the Hun") are the most egregious occupants ever to reside in the White
House!” ---Roy Giampaoli
I was amazed to see the "Impeach Clinton Again" article in the WSJ this
morning…. I think this relentless crusade is ridiculous…” --- Claire Aliberti.
All the time & effort you waste could be spent doing something positive
but I guess its hard to think & act positively when you have such
hateful minds.” --William Peterson.
You have to be kidding. Do you really need to take your insecurities
out on thsi man again? … I guess you really don't realize what a joke the
American people thought you were the first time around.” --Brad Nickel.
…The people hate the republicans for wasting our time and money on the
stupid idea of impeaching a horny birdog for liking sex.” ---Lloyd
Croskey, Seattle, WA.
Why don't you go after the real criminal presidents like Reagan and
Bush.” ---Tim Nevins.
My personal opinion is that all you people should go to jail and
hopefully after Pres. Clintons' term is over he will join with the rest
of us to se that you do go there.” ---Jacque Sexton.
Ha ha, you can't be serious. After wasting at least $100 million of
taxpayer money snooping in President Clinton's underwear drawer and failing in
your impeachment attempts, you're at it again.” ---George Cast.
I don't see what you have to gain by another impeachment. I am
convinced that Mr. Clinton is at best a deceiver. However, I don't
have a great deal of confidence in the behavior of those in congress
either. Certainly, Mr. Clinton did wrong, and perhaps deserved to be
impeached. But the thing turned out to be more political than a search
for the truth.” --Richard Snider.