The Toddler-In-Chief

3 comments July 3rd, 2007at 10:43pm Posted by Eli

Okay, so, I have never been a real impeachment enthusiast. My feeling has always been that if the Democrats are going to go that route, they need to use investigations and hearings to build popular demand for impeachment, so that they are finally “forced” to oh-so-reluctantly give in to the will of the people.

However, the longer Bush goes unchecked, the more he acts like a toddler who has discovered that his parents won’t actually discipline him for anything. As the reality gradually dawns on him that there are no rules, he becomes bolder and bolder. At this point, the only way to rein him in is to send him to bed without any supper. Or, y’know, just kick him out of the house altogether.

Anyway, the fact is, I don’t think impeachment is nearly as much of a reach as the Democrats seem to think it is. F’rinstance, last March an ARG poll indicated that 42% of the American people were in favor of impeachment, including 47% of Independents. And that’s before the US Attorney scandal, and the Libby verdict and commutation. And four months before that, an Ipsos poll commissioned by found that 50% of Americans, and 56% of Independents, favored impeachment if Bush lied us into Iraq.

So that suggests to me that the idea of impeachment is not some far-left fantasy, but actually pretty darn close to mainstream – and 16-20 months later, it’s probably even mainstreamier. I’ll be interested in seeing what results the Brave New Films impeachment poll comes up with. If you’re likewise curious, you might want to kick in a few bucks to help them raise the commission fee for it.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Impeachment,Politics,Polls


  • 1. david  |  July 4th, 2007 at 1:27 am


  • 2. shoephone  |  July 4th, 2007 at 5:37 am

    Eli – There must be something in the air because I am noticing SO many people, previously guarded about impeachment (myself included), now calling for it without reservation.

    We are fed up. The last straw has broken our faith and what other option is left to us? It’s clear now that this president and vice president (and don’t ask me which is which, that’s too much of a guessing game anymore) have operated so far beyond the bounds of decency and the law itself that anything less than a full attack in the form of impeachment would be an excuse for them to break yet more laws. Their naked grab for unitary power has sunk our system of checks and balances.

    When are Democrats going to grow up and do the job we hired them to do? My congressman just signed on to Kucinich’s resolution to impeach Cheney, but as he is only one of eleven, where are the other 220 Democrats on this issue??

  • 3. Eli  |  July 4th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I think everyone has gotten sick of petitions and strongly-worded letters and investigations that never seem to lead to any kind of actual consequences (if they were/are being used to build demand and a case for impeachment, I would be okay with that, but I don’t think that’s the Democrats’ intent).

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