Impeachment v. Ending The Iraq Debacle
by Big Tent Democrat, Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 06:01:16 AM EDT
After yesterdays outrageous act by the worst President in history, the quixotic drive for impeachment will no doubt gain momentum on the Left blogs. Today, Meteor Blades provides evidence that the Left blogs will indeed promote the ill advised drive for impeachment. And let me remind folks why I feel the drive for impeachment is an extremely bad idea:
(1) It will NEVER happen and, ironically, yesterday's event reinforces this. Bush's approval ratings are likely to increase slightly as a result of his actions yesterday - as his wingnut base will rally to support him. This makes the chances of garnering GOP support an even longer shot than it was before - when it was impossible.
Remember, to remove Bush from office requires a 2/3 vote from the Senate, which means 17 Republicans (I count Lieberman as a Republican) must vote to remove from office. It simply will never happen. No realistic person can think it will. So let's be clear, impeachment here is nothing but a symbolic gesture.
(2) It is likely to have negative political ramifications for Democrats in 2008. I care less about this than most. If Bush and Cheney could be removed, the political cost could be worth it. But since they can not be removed, then it simply is not.
(3) Impeachment would preclude discussion of of all other issues, most notably Iraq. Indeed, impeachment would be the worst possible development for ending the war in Iraq. It supplants getting out of Iraq as the centerpiece issue for progressive activism.
Last, and probably least, the progressive base and the Netroots would be utterly defanged and treated as completely irrelevant if it chooses to waste its time on pushing for impeachment. No more than a handful of Democrats will vote for it. The Media will portray as on par with 9/11 conspiracies. It is to throw away the progressive base and Netroots' power as a Left flank in the political discourse. It relegates it to crazy Larouche status.
In short, I can not imagine a more harmful cause for the progressive base and the Netroots to embrace. It will make the day of Republicans across the country IF Democrats followed such a lead.
Fortunately, Democrats will not. But they will nonetheless suffer because the progressive base and the Netroots will feel betrayed that Democrats will choose to not follow them over the cliff. Thus, there will be negative ramification for Democrats anyway.
But my ultimate bottom line is that the essential role the progressive base and the Netroots can and should play on ending the war in Iraq will be completely squandered. That is the part that I will find hard to forgive. Truthfully, I find it difficult to not be enraged at Netroots leaders like Meteor Blades who should know better. Knowing him, I must say I am pretty shocked by his irresponsible behavior. I hope for him coming to his senses soon and ending this harmful campaign.