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February 16, 2008

 

I hate to be the nervous Nellie of the impeachment crowd but have we really thought this out thoroughly? Let me preface this by saying that I would love nothing more than to see Dick Cheney frog-walked out of the White House to pay for his many crimes against the American people. The same goes for his boss. The trail of impeachable offenses is long and offensive and makes the Clinton lynching pale in comparison. That said, I wish it was 2006 or 2007 and not the crucial election year of 2008. I never thought I would say it but given the likely way an impeachment would play out, aren’t there bigger fish to fry?

 

I can see the outrage in the responses already but bear with me. The number one priority this year has to be eliminating the stranglehold the GOP has held on the executive branch of government for the past eight years. The number one priority has to be ensuring that John McCain does not get four years to continue his 100-year plan in Iraq and to bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb Iran. Assuming that the progressive mindset agrees with this priority, as well as maintaining control of Congress, let’s examine the 600-pound gorilla in the room; the corporate media.

 

When I spoke with progressive activists who are pushing impeachment about this theory, I was greeted with the “what’s wrong with holding people accountable for violating their oaths of office and the constitution?” Nothing of course but the false assumption being made is that everyone who votes thinks the same way we do. The false assumption being made is that everyone gets their news from the Internet and alternate news sources. Sorry folks, they still do not. They still rely on the fixed news sources that infect mainstream corporate media. Remember, this is the same corporate media that is pimping the false angle that McCain is somehow moderate and reviled by the conservative base. So the big question is; how will impeachment proceedings be represented by the media and what effect might it have on the general election?

 

I think it is safe to project that any impeachment proceedings will be greeted with utter contempt by the corporate media. Forget what Fox News will do alone. They will run anti-democratic segments one after the other for the entire length of the proceedings. They will relate it as payback for the Clinton impeachment. They will rally the otherwise apathetic GOP voters to backlash against the democratic congress. Do not be lulled into the “Fox has no pull anymore” logic. There are still 30% of this country that support Bush and probably watch Fox. I believe the majority of them will be indifferent this voting season and will stay home, unless they are given a reason to come out to the polls. A lengthy impeachment process, which will probably not result in any conviction, is just such a reason.

 

Then there is the other 70% of the country. Right now the election will be focused on two things, the economy and the war. John McCain is painted into a corner that he cannot win from. He has sold out for the war and Bush to the point that there is virtually no way this country will vote him into office; especially if it is Obama as his opponent. Even though the country is sick of the do nothing democratic congress, they are clearly anti-war at this point. The way the election season is set to play out it will be the war and making the Bush tax cuts permanent versus ending the war and restoring some sense of fiscal sanity. That is a recipe for progressive goals being met on Election Day.

 

Now factor in a protracted impeachment process. It will certainly carry on well into and beyond the election. It will easily dominate the headlines and talk shows. It will be the lead story over the election and will in fact be morphed into the election. Do you think anyone besides Keith Olbermann will portray the impeachment fairly? What do you think Chris Matthews will say, night after night, on his softball program? What about Tucker and Scarborough? What about Hume and Hannity? What about the CNN talking heads? What about talk radio? Instead of concentrating on the election, we will be revisiting the sins of the administration that is already on the way out. It will be portrayed as sour grapes by the democrats. It will be portrayed as revenge for Clinton and forget about the damage if Hillary is the candidate. Granted; you and I may not care what is said in the corporate media but do not think for a second that the majority of the country feels the same way. They will be bathed in non-stop negative impeachment coverage instead of focusing on the most important election in decades.

 

It is a shame to have to even consider this side of impeachment. In a perfect world the only thing that should matter is the truth. The truth is that both Cheney and Bush deserve impeachment. Unfortunately, the truth is also that the media the majority of the country follows will not report the truth objectively. They have not for a decade now so there is no reason to believe they will all of sudden act in the best interest of the country. The truth is also that impeachment will dominate the public discourse instead of the clear choices the election holds this year. That would be a boon for the GOP. To have a discussion about something other than the war and the economy? To turn two reviled characters such as Bush and Cheney into sympathetic figures? Even if that doesn’t happen, it is not like they are running for anything. Lastly, what is the result that we truly seek? Do you really believe in the end of the drama that there will be a conviction? If you really believe that then you haven’t been paying attention over the past few years. The two parties protect each other when push comes to shove. They exist for the sole purpose of ensuring their continued control over this country. I seriously doubt that in the end, the frog-walk is going to happen anyway. But the result could be more damaging to what progressives truly seek this November; and end to the politics and crimes we sought the impeachment for to begin with.

 

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Except the impeachment will not be someone saying ... by tjb on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:01:04 AM
If there's any justice on this planet, it woul... by Galen on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 8:09:24 PM
"The number one priority this year has to be ... by Jim Freeman on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 9:56:56 AM
Jim Freeman is correct, impeachment is not a polit... by Peter Wedlund on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:48:39 AM
you think the dem party is any better? ... by Cheri Roberts on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:24:50 PM
If you read the article, you weill note that i sta... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:35:45 PM
I continue to view our current and past political ... by Galen on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:44:43 PM
You have it spot on, Jim.  What is more, any ... by Carl Weis on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:49:36 PM
Impeachment would be the straw that breaks the cam... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 10:08:36 AM
Congressman Robert Wexler can answer any ques... by allan on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 10:21:34 AM
Derelect of duty as a citizen is what it would be ... by Cheri Roberts on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:27:49 PM
This admin has run roughshod for seven years now b... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:40:19 PM
But cute catch phrases will not solve this problem... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:38:33 PM
[No] one says aloud what the reasons are for oppos... by allan on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 10:27:53 AM
This time there is a corporate media that did not ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:42:04 PM
Should never be allowed not to pay for their crime... by Linda on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:07:36 AM
My understanding was that they expect to move to P... by PrMaine on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:34:50 AM
I would hate it too. Loo, i said at the beginning ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:44:25 PM
Like Barack Obama, you have no reason to carry per... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:24:16 AM
This is a diffcult issue.... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:45:43 PM
force the media to report the truth for a change. ... by tginmn on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:40:30 AM
WE know the truth but the truth becomes a malleabl... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:52:05 PM
that if the threat of impeachment is even breathed... by Watching on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:48:54 AM
The Congress doesn't have the huevos to press ... by Angelo on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:30:26 PM
Bush and Cheney are MURDERERS.Let that word sink i... by Cheri Roberts on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:36:11 PM
And some of you think it's ok to let them go? ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:58:12 PM
Anthony I know you are wrong in your conclusions. ... by Dom Jermano on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 7:37:58 AM
Every time i wrote about someone speaking outside ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:36:32 PM
What reality Wade? We are the fish being fed crumb... by Dom Jermano on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 7:25:58 PM
OF COURSE!!! Now, that we all agree that the 2 par... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 7:31:20 PM
I have to strenuously disagree. It is orders of ma... by M. Bennett on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:43:41 PM
of Cheney and Bush would be the first step in the ... by zephyr on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 12:46:34 PM
However, how will it be reported? You have already... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:05:48 PM
As much a propaganda tool of the right the co... by via on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 1:40:42 PM
I can appreciate that opposite opinion. Maybe the ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:08:10 PM
The question is irrelevant with regard to this iss... by Peter Wedlund on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 1:43:53 PM
That's the biggest problem I see with impeachm... by SpiritBlooms on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 2:19:35 PM
But theory will not play out that way. In the end,... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:09:14 PM
Then we've lost our country already, and the o... by SpiritBlooms on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:33:17 PM
Here's a short list: Sustained, deliberat... by Michael Fury on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 2:28:39 PM
Self-styled progressives can't tell the p... by James Cordray on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 3:15:11 PM
That was kinda the point. Look, i knew this would ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:18:08 PM
"The call for impeachment supports McCain as ... by SpiritBlooms on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:51:07 PM
The people will not multi task, that is the point.... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 6:20:29 PM
Anthony, you misconceive the way the impeachment w... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:44:52 PM
I was wondering when you would weigh in. I respect... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:44:03 PM
Last line of the first paragraph there shoudl read... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:45:35 PM
 Your point is silly, Wade. Stop worrying abo... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 8:52:55 AM
I dont think I know you, so if you please, call me... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 7:29:25 PM
The number one priority this year has to be elimin... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:21:10 PM
But the Clinton impeachment should be a sobering r... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 4:44:24 PM
You seem to be saying its more dangerous to have a... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 5:31:45 PM
I do not agree, lol. Once again, you speak in gran... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 6:11:34 PM
credibility. How?Without repudiating torture ... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:27:36 PM
Obama would not use torture or invasion as foreign... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:54:19 PM
The rule of law, unlike the rule of the jungle, is... by Brett Paatsch on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 11:16:13 PM
Anthony I know you are wrong in your conclusions. ... by Dom Jermano on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 7:28:16 AM
I was responding to YOU. YOU brought up torture an... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:48:42 PM
who gets elected. Without impeachment none of the ... by Brett Paatsch on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 5:48:14 PM
If you think it really doesnt matter who is presid... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 7:26:43 PM
compared to the numbers of fatalities I expect to ... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 12:33:17 AM
AMEN.....Anyone who thinks that filling the House ... by Bill Tower on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 12:47:31 PM
The Clinton Impeachment was a ridiculous farce tha... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 9:00:32 AM
It would be extremely valuable to investigate for ... by Gustav Wynn on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 5:04:42 PM
They will get pardoned anyway, or in all liklihood... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 6:14:46 PM
So what if they're pardoned anyway? If I witne... by SpiritBlooms on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 12:50:36 PM
Try to keep up. Now, go back and read what i was r... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:51:45 PM
I shouldn't need your entire resume in order t... by SpiritBlooms on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 4:32:40 PM
How about Impeaching them all the day after the El... by afeldstein on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 5:10:42 PM
That is all I am saying, use some wisdom. The reas... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 6:16:08 PM
Mr. Wade I will agree with you when you assure me ... by tjb on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:10:05 PM
Another false flag is always possible.... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:55:43 PM
I beleive the Bush Cabal has NO intention of havin... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 10:02:03 AM
Odd, how your Filtering "service" would ... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 10:04:47 AM
Mr. Fury,  Thank you for your excellent list ... by Toby Touby on Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 7:41:37 PM
Mr. Wade, you are exhibiting the fundamental impot... by rhalfhill on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 3:40:51 AM
I am not a liberal. I am a born again conservative... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:25:46 PM
I KNEW it! No liberal here, and certainly no Progr... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 9:07:42 AM
The one thing that I have not seen in all the comm... by ibrahim turner on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:23:27 AM
Impeachment is a first step in a process. It will ... by ibrahim turner on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:43:44 AM
Of course that is NOT how it will play out. THAT w... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:27:17 PM
Jim is absolutely correct. If we allow this admini... by Rick Mason on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 10:49:40 AM
Once again, I have said i agree they should be imp... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:29:16 PM
I say, "IMPEACH now....and let the chips fall... by Bill Tower on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 12:19:13 PM
the very people you correctly state as being corru... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Monday, Feb 18, 2008 at 6:31:08 PM
...because they will have to recognize that it is ... by Bill Tower on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 1:25:09 PM
The moral and political arguments against failing ... by MyTwoCents on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 1:28:01 PM
Anthony Wade sounds like John Conyers claiming he ... by Ty on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 10:00:01 PM
Is your fatalism more important to you than your h... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 9:19:46 AM
Initiate impeachment during the "lame duck&qu... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:17:03 PM
But logistically I can't see it happening in t... by Brett Paatsch on Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 12:48:00 AM