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[politics] Impeachment as a blunted tool

A new poll reports that 64% of American voters say that President George W. Bush has abused his powers as president. 53% of them say the abuses rise to the level of impeachable offenses and Mr. Bush should be impeached and removed from office.

What occurs to me on reading this is that the 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton on thoroughly hypocritical1 grounds has trivialized impeachment as a political instrument for at least a generation. While I don't believe the masterminds behind the Permanent Majority were so clever as to be aiming for that goal, they accidentally succeeded in shielding Bush and Cheney from any real possibility of impeachment, simply because of the endless fodder for accusations of political theater and tit-for-tat grandstanding.2

This trivialization of impeachment only foreshadows the current administration's trivialization of the Constitution, as well as American economic, diplomatic and military power. Lapel pin wearing Lee Greenwood patriots have blindly followed George W. Bush into the hell of growing American irrelevance as he works out his daddy issues on the international stage. Irony having died sometime during the Clinton administration3, the confluence follow-the-flag patriotism and the shredding of American values goes remarked only by marginalized liberals and unheeded foreign observers.

The presidency was never intended to be occupational therapy. Too bad Gingrich's geniuses tore up the public's pink slip option.

1. Unless you believe that no Republican politician has ever lied about sex while under oath.
2. Google the phrase "malkin impeachment theater" for an example. I won't dignify that woman with a link from my blog.
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