Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Adopt a Chinese Blog | Main | The Bolton Charade
June 21, 2005

Impeach Bush!

Yes, the left continues to harbor fantasies about impeaching Bush.

Perhaps we ought to encourage them.

Putting aside questions of right and wrong-- the impeachement of Bill Clinton was a political loser. It was the sort of political loser a party is compelled to embark upon (as the most vocal and passionate supporters of the party, like me, demanded it), but it alienated moderate voters and cost us, for a time at least (with Jeffords' defection) majority status in the Senate.

Those who follow politics closely can't help but get personal about them. Not only is there the childish impulse (which we all share, of course) to be proven right in some dramatic fashio, but there are petty grievances and hatreds that we carry in our hearts.

But most people don't follow politics closely, and so while most people aren't as informed as, say, you Wonderful Readers, neither are they succeptible to an overpersonalization of politics. Politics just doesn't mean enough to them to take it too personally. Being somewhat ignorant about the daily who's hot/who's not of partisan politics yields an accidental beneift-- perspective, which sometimes hardcore partisans (guilty) lose.

Bill Clinton was able to turn his ethical and legal problems into an actual positive by setting up a contrast. While Republicans were fixated on him, he projected the image (the image, mind you) of being fixated on "solving problems for the American people."

I have little doubt that George Bush and Karl Rove will do the same.

The right had one advantage over the left during the Clinton Impeachment Wars -- while moderate voters were turned off by what they considered and unnecessary and destabilizing and wasteful effort to turn Clinton out of office, more voters still apparently believed in the basics of the Republican platform than the Democratic platform.

The left had better watch it-- they're on the wrong side of many of the most important issues, in political terms. If they compound that by taking this impeachment crap a little too seriously-- then they'll be alienating moderate voters through their partisanship that are already pretty much aliented from them based upon the Democratic Party's beliefs.

digg this
posted by Ace at 01:38 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Mr. Joe Bangles: "If Ruth Bader Ginsburg were a beer, she'd be a lag ..."

Guam tipper: "I wonder how steamed the Clintons are now that it ..."

DB- just DB: ">CJ has 3 privileges I know of 1 gets to park r ..."

Ghost Of Qassem Soleimani: "Copyright 2020 The Federalist, a wholly independ ..."

Hadrian the Seventh: " [i]AtC for SCJ. Accept no imitations. Posted by ..."

andycanuck: "From other thread:Unnamed sources say via the ever ..."

Commissar Hrothgar -YOU are all in this together!- [/i][/b][/u][/s]: "[i]AtC for SCJ. Accept no imitations. Posted by: ..."

A dude in MI: "Always thought it would be fun to take a painball ..."

Christopher R Taylor: "[i]Did Roger Stone get pardoned today?[/i] Sent ..."

Grifters heaven: "224 ******* Brazen Lyin ..."

Skip: "232 9 rings for mortal men doomed to die Ruthy ha ..."

rhomboid: "As I noted in last thread, Trump's comments to rep ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64