August 18, 2006

Sometimes It's Hard to be a Voter

It's tough being a voter these days. The semi-adult party, the GOP, is having a mid-life crisis and is out driving a lobbyist's car while chugging taxpayer-supplied whiskey. And yet you take a sniff of the other party only to catch the awful scent of offal, making our current system awfully close to a no-party system, or at least one with no good choices. The Democrats seem congenitally unable to grow up, as shown by rumblings to impeach George Bush if they win the House. Like schoolchildren the Democrats say, "you impeached ours, so we'll impeach yours!" Nothing quite says "juvenile" like worrying about impeaching a president over non-existent crimes while there's a war going on.

Some Dems recognize this and at least have the good sense to keep a low profile. But it's obvious that an impeachment scenerio makes it harder for his Republican to vote for a Democrat, should it come to that. It's very hard to bench your college running backs or receivers when all the replacements are whiney, overweight intramural players. The best way for Democrats to get elected is to have plans and ideas, as unlikely as that may be. The second best way is to simply do nothing. The worst way is to put their time and energy into a possible impeachment. From NR:
Will Democrats attempt to impeach George W. Bush if they win control of the House of Representatives? They don’t want you to think so. In May, when many people speculated that impeachment was at the heart of the Democratic agenda, a concerned Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent out word that it was “off the table.” But now, we have in our hands a 350-page “investigative report” on the Bush administration’s alleged “wrongdoing” entitled “The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Cover-ups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance.” Written under the supervision of Democratic representative John Conyers, the report is, in effect, a road map for impeachment. To back up his claim that the Bush administration may have violated “26 laws and regulations,” Conyers relies on such authorities as the left-wing conspiracy website RawStory.com, the left-wing anti-war sites DemocracyRising.us and AfterDowningStreet.org, the left-wing magazines The Nation and Mother Jones, and New York Times columnists Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, and Frank Rich. Conyers’s case is, to put it charitably, somewhat fanciful. Of course, none of this would be terribly noteworthy were not Conyers the man who would become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — the panel that would initiate any impeachment action — should Democrats win in November. Nancy Pelosi may claim that impeachment is off the table. “The Constitution in Crisis” proves otherwise.

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