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26 October 2006

By The Numbers

The media, like the Lord, works in mysterious ways. For all its purported liberalism, the U.S. media sure makes you read between the lines. You'd think ye olde liberal media would beat us over the head with certain stories.

Take Newsweek's recent "Republicans are in trouble" poll article. It's a pretty standard rundown of data (60 percent of white Evangelicals will vote Republican in the midterm elections, the President's approval rating is 35 percent, yada yada yada).

But what is arguably the biggest news of the story is buried near the very end:

Other parts of a potential Democratic agenda receive less support, especially calls to impeach Bush: 47 percent of Democrats say that should be a “top priority,” but only 28 percent of all Americans say it should be, 23 percent say it should be a lower priority and nearly half, 44 percent, say it should not be done. (Five percent of Republicans say it should be a top priority and 15 percent of Republicans say it should be a lower priority; 78 percent oppose impeachment.) Rolling back some of the Bush tax cuts would be contentious too: 38 percent of Americans say the Dems should make that a top priority; 28 percent say it should be a lower priority; and 28 percent say it shouldn’t be done at all.
For the mathematically challenged, 28 percent of Americans plus 23 percent of Americans equals 51 percent of Americans. That means more than half of the country wants to see the President impeached.

Given, polls are inaccurate, and you have to take the margin of error into account. Nonetheless, compare that 51 percent with the President's 35 percent approval rating. And compare that with Bill Clinton's numbers at the time of his impeachment. Only 35 percent of the country felt the House made the right decision in impeaching him. And his approval rating after the fact was 73 percent, the highest rating of Clinton's presidency at the time (and a higher approval rating than Ronald Reagan ever had).

Sadly, impeachment is something you aren't likely to see in the liberal media's newspaper headlines anytime soon. Well, at least for a couple more weeks.

Comments on "By The Numbers"


Blogger jasdye said ... (10/27/2006 10:03:00 PM) : 

impeachment - in this case -may be a good thing, but it won't be easy to even begin, certainly not politically expedient. i just see a big Trial at Nutemberg thing going on here, don't you.

"I didn't lie. I was given information..."
"I was just following orders..."
etc., etc.

the politically expedient thing about the clinton scandal (other than the supposed moral outrage, of course) is that it basically fell on two people, one who happened to be the president and... blah, blah, blah. basically, President Clinton couldn't pin the blame on others.

not to say that what he did was worthy of impeachment (unlike lying to get the government to go to war), it - in theory - is just easier to convict.

i think the isue should be in rolling back the tax plans of the rich.


Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said ... (10/29/2006 12:47:00 AM) : 

Unless both chambers fall to the Dems, impeachment would fail. Also, unless they impeach Cheney, too, we'd be in worse shape.

I'm not saying it shouldn't be done. Conyers (D-MI) should definitely hold the investigative hearings that could lead that way. Even if no impeachment happens, it could lay the groundwork for criminal trial after Bush leaves office.

I'd love to impeach him and his cabal, remove them from office and turn them over to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

But would the public stand for Nancy Pelosi as president? She'd not only be a woman, but an unelected president--and we've had six years of that! She'd probably lose an election in her own right in 2 years and it could result in a huge setback for Dems and the installment in '08 of another rightwing regime.

None of this is any reason not to try this. Bush is guilty of impeachable and criminal offenses. But it means that we need to approach this with eyes wide open to the minefield we'd be treading.


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