The conservative magazine Insight has a story about the White House preparing for impeachment hearings:
The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress.There is also some problem about lying to Congress.
"A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment," an administration source said.
Sources said a prelude to the impeachment process could begin with hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. They said the hearings would focus on the secret electronic surveillance program and whether Mr. Bush violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Much as I would like to see Bush impeached, I can't see it happening. Even if Congress was dominated by Democrats rather than Republicans, it would be unlikely unless there are some big smoking guns hidden somewhere. So why would the conservative press be floating such a rumor? I have a two part theory named Karl Rove.
First, I think he wants to rally the troops with the old burn our boats behind us tactic. Nothing like that feeling of being beseiged to get those paranoid right wing juices flowing.
Second, he may hope to lure Democrats into an early overreach before the elections this fall. If Democrats start running on an "Impeach Bush" platform, Rove will love running those attack ads about giving "aid and comfort to the enemy" by attacking the Commander in Chief.
So far, I think Barack Obama is doing it right. No hysterical rhetoric, don't get sucked into Tim Russert's false dichotomies, and keep the focus on what Bush and the Republicans are doing wrong - and keep suggesting ways to fix things.