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Pot calling the kettle black.

Posted in Uncategorized by adambsullivan on July 26, 2008

House Democrats have again brought up proposals to impeach President Bush. (ABC News -Is Impeachment Too Little, Too Late? )

Before the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats preached the need for “accountability.”

However, this move is little (or nothing) more than symbolic. Still, their efforts are naive.

Largely (or entirely), minds have been made up about the president; there’s not much middle ground. Bush’s opponents have fiery opinions and claims to back them up. His supporter’s have withstood eight years of criticism for their views and are hardly likely to change their minds now.

With just more than few months left before the next president takes office, what’s done is mostly done. History will remember the president the same way, regardless of whether he’s impeached or not. William Clinton was also impeached, but that’s seldom mentioned and his legacy has undoubtedly been more damaged by his wife’s nomination run than by the House’s convicting him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

While our elected congressional representatives busy themselves with this parade, they’ve apparently failed to notice that congressional approval rating is bouncing around in the high-teen to low-twenty percent range. Surely, public opinion fluctuates rapidly and I don’t give too much validity to any given poll, but presidential approval rating stands five to 10 points higher than that of congress. Maybe they should be holding hearings to impeach themselves?

Jeremy Rabkin, a law professor at George Mason University, summed up the situation quite well (Iowa Citians should pay particular attention):
“You should all remind yourselves that the rest of the country is not necessarily in this same bubble in which people think it is reasonable to describe the president as if he were Caligula.”



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