If we had the power to impeach Bush, should we?
I say, No.
1. Why help the Repubublicans clean house?
We impeach Bush, Cheney then has a very convenient heart attack and resigns, and then we get the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate as President and Vice President? Especially since you just know the Speaker of the House, again very conveniently, won't be Hastert but whoever the Republicans want for 2008? Too hasty lunchtime post! If we had the power, Hastert wouldn't be speaker. Twenty lashes with a wet noodle for Lambert. OK, Cheney doesn't have a heart attack; they wheel in his body double and then he runs in 2008, after all. Still: We'd have to have both houses to win. Suppose we win in the House, lose in the Senate, and then the Repubublicans do clean house, and McCain rides a white horse to victory in 2008. How is that good?
2. Isn't it better to "hang a dead chicken"?
Molly Ivins had a great line: "In Texas where I'm from, when a dog kills chickens, you hang a dead chicken around his neck for a few days, and he learns his lesson. Well, the American people are going to have George Bush around their neck for the next four years."
Our goal should not be to get rid of Bush, but to discredit the Republican Party and their [cough] ideas completely. Isn't that goal best achieved by leaving Bush in power? I mean, as soon as the chicken starts stinking, we take it off the dog's neck? Hey, like the Republicans are so fond of saying, actions have consequences. Leave that chicken right where it is!
3. Isn't it better to let the Hague handle it? Not that Bush ever wants to go to Europe anyhow, but wouldn't it be better--for the world, for the country, for us--if Bush were arrested for war crimes as soon as He sets foot on European soil?
4. Isn't the country better off without a second impeachment? Sure, payback's a bitch, and if $70 million bucks and a blowjob buys the Republicans an impeachment, then a $200 billion war based on lies buys us one, too. But, thinking generationally, I'd rather take the high road. Let the Republican party be remembered as the Party that took power with a coup--Monica + Bush v. Gore--and the Democrats who took the country back by clobbering a corrupt and power-mad Republican party in a free and fair election.