The democrats, having won a great victory, will now squander their position. They will evade, delay, ignore, capitulate on any issue that might reveal them as actively engaged. Even before the elections Nancy Pelosi felt compelled to announce that impeachment proceedings were off the table. Other democrats agreed. The democrats, almost unanimously, threw their arms around their right wing brethren, calling for cooperation and the end of gridlock. They were showing how graceful they are in victory. The republicans do the same thing, but everyone knows they don't mean it, and the knives will come out as soon as the next session convenes. Democrats have every reason to impeach Bush and republican howls of indignation would be kept minimized as the extremely, ugly truth emerged.
But impeachment is "off the table" as the democrats busily move their offices into better digs, while intrigue and all the complex maneuvering for position define their days. It's nice someone's having fun as the half witted electorate sit outside waiting for the day they can afford a band-aid. They wonder if their kids are going to be used as cannon fodder in another Bush war, against a much more determined, stronger nation. And how much will they keep hacking away at Pell Grants and Stafford Loans? And just how high can gas go? Don't doubt it. The right wing will punish recalcitrant voters at the gas pump and blame the democrats as gas skyrockets. A two for one deal. It will work too. The news media will see to it. Republicans will get another free ride at democrat's expense.
While democrats fall deeper into their self delusional, dreamlike state, Joe Lieberman smacks them around 'till they're all snot nosed, and the drool is flying out of their mouths. They have to take the abuse. With the dems only one senator up on the wingers, Joe's threats to caucus with the republicans sets the dems to groveling piteously. It's enough to break your heart. Joe wants the chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee. Gee. I wonder if he'll get it.
After Joe lost his primary he vowed to run as an independent saying, "For the sake of our country I can't let that result stand." He could as easily said, "For the sake of the republicans blah blah blah." After all, without republican voters turning out to give him their votes he couldn't have won. Republicans like his position on the war. Joe is a no looking back, full speed ahead and damn the torpedo's kind of guy who knows he's got the dems by their cajones.
With Joe looming like a specter, the democrats will be hard pressed to discern any difference from their minority status. Joe and the republicans will play them like a fiddle as ammunition is gathered for 2008. There will be much grand and eloquent oration coming from the majority, all of it hot air. As they reach out to the republicans, and keep pulling back their bloody stumps, dems will wonder what they've done wrong. "How can we do better? What do we have to do to make them like us?" The republicans, will of course, be gleefully asking themselves, "How can they be so stupid?"
Limbaugh, Coulter, Savage ... the right wing hate squad are already howling in full throat. They'll have the dems treed in no time. It wasn't all that much fun while their party enjoyed complete control. They had to watch they didn't kick the dems too hard and risk coming off as mean. With the new majority, they have no such limitations. The game has changed. They'll watch the chickens with their high beams and flatten 'em when they run squawking, back and forth on the road, unable to make up their minds -whether to go all the way, or stay put. With the likes of Bush in office, losing control of Congress was the best thing that could have happened for the republicans.
Impeachment proceedings would change all that. Democrats would get a chance to demonstrate they have spines, and much more importantly, buy some insurance to keep Bush from starting another reckless war with a country that is capable of fighting back. The republicans would be the ones forced to choose a middle ground. As they're pulled into the fire, they won't hesitate to leave Bush spinning in the wind as their names are bandied about in hearings, and an angry electorate realizes the full extent of Bush and the republican's malfeasance.
Bush wants another war. The democrats, having won Congress on a referendum against war can't let him have one. The best way to stop him is impeachment. Republicans would not dare to accuse democrats of failing to support the president in war time. Americans have been there, done that. They would wonder which lies Bush used to get the nation involved this time. Bush may try a measured, "wag the tail" response. A few violations of Iranian airspace would probably work. Shooting up a couple of Iranian gunboats would work too. Anything to provoke the Iranians into shooting back so Bush can tailor a detail here and there and claim they're the aggressors. Republicans won't be standing in line to support that maneuver either. Republicans, if they want to compete in 2008, have to keep Brother George at arms length. They can't afford to become embroiled in anymore of his misadventures, particularly one in which U.S. military forces would be stretched paper thin, with high potential for disaster. Bush will find himself alone, without foreign, or domestic allies.
Democrats could go a long way in redeeming themselves for their past cowardice. They know, that Americans now know, that Bush is a dangerous man who has no business occupying his present position. They must act on that, and keep him from setting the entire Middle East and beyond ablaze. Democrats can't allow Bush two more unobstructed years in which to further weaken the nation. Their mandate is crystal clear, and their anxious supporters wait for them to do what they were elected to do. Congress didn't change hands because voters wanted more war. That's simple enough. If democrats squander this opportunity they may never get another one. Now is the time. For the health and well being of the nation, democrats must snap out of their lethargy. If they won't fight back against a threat as serious as another Bush induced war their uselessness must be recognized, and their voters must transfer their loyalty to another party that is willing to represent them.