Yes, you heard me right, it’s time for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Let me explain.
Talk of impeachment first began immediately after the 2004 election. I suppose that up until the end of the first term Democrats had convinced themselves that they could actually win back the Presidency. However, less than forty-eight hours after John Kerry’s concession speech, thoughts of a scandal-ridden Bush being driven out of office began to surface.
Paul Krugman was among the first. “Future events,” he said on November 5, 2004, “will almost surely offer opportunities for a Democratic comeback.” “I don’t hope for more and worse scandals and failures during Bush’s second term,” Krugman duly noted, however, he quickly added that he did “expect them.” I can’t help but to think that his statement had too much of a, “I am not a racist (wink, wink), but . . .” contained within it.
In the nearly 14 months since, the phrase “Impeach Bush” has very often been one of the top ten phrases bloggers are writing about according to Technorati, a site which ranks blog traffic. Even now during the slow period in between Christmas and New Years, 30 different blogs have discussed impeaching the President in just the last 24 hours.
The simple fact is that, outside of a few locked-in-a-feedback-loop-leftists, the word impeachment is not near anyone’s lips. Richard Morin, head of polling for ABC news noted impatiently that impeachment is “not a serious option or a topic of considered discussion.” Sure, the I-word is all over the liberal websites. One Daily Kos writer actually explores the possibility that Democrats could win the House in 2006 and then impeach both Bush and Cheney so that Nancy Pelosi would be president. (In fairness, she said that it probably wouldn’t work, but that she considered it at all is preposterous.) However, even the Washington Monthly correctly noted in an otherwise fawning article about Kos founder, Markos Moulitsas, that frequent readers of those sites are “trapped in a bubble of [liberal] reassurance.”
Actually, there are more than just a few leftists arguing for impeachment. Pat Buchanan now argues for the impeachment of the President because he hasn’t secured the borders as Buchanan would have done. (Must be too many Jews breaking into the country for Buchanan to get his hackles up.) Paul Craig Roberts also adds his voice to the impeachment chorus. For him, Bush’s impeachable offense occurred in New Orleans because the President was unable to overcome (a) the weather, (b) an incompetent mayor, and (c) a governor more concerned with her fashion sense. At least Buchanan and Roberts provide the valuable service of reminding Americans that political lunacy is not a monopoly of the left.
That the word impeachment—only twice tried against a president in over two centuries, and never yet resulting in a Senate conviction—springs so easily from so many people’s lips says not as much about President Bush as it says about those uttering the phrase.
It’s like cussing. Several years ago I went to Kuwait for four months to live in the desert surrounded only by other cavalrymen. Like everyone else there, my language was atrocious at the end of the tour. Whether used as adjective, exclamation, or punctuation, the F-word made its way into my every sentence. I was trapped in my own feedback loop of swearing. However, it didn’t take me long after my return to remember that civilized people don’t talk that way.
What those within the Impeach Bush-crowd don’t understand is that, similarly, civilized people don’t use the I-word all the time.
Oh, but they’ll learn. When they push the issue in Congress, and it comes to the floor of the House for a vote, boy, will they learn. Then, having been chastised by the great middle ground that is the strength of the American body politic, far left Democrats, and a few on the radical right will finally come to the realization that George W. Bush is going to be President until January 20, 2009. Either that, or those radicals will be marginalized by their stance and ostracized by their peers.
So, yes, bring forth Rep. John Conyers’ articles of impeachment. It should be Speaker Hastert’s first order of business in the new year. Rush it to the floor for a vote a la Rep John Murtha’s demand for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. And when the motion is overwhelmingly defeated, perhaps then we can put all this nonsensical talk about impeachment behind us and finally focus instead on the nation’s future.