Already his numbers are among the lowest for any president since Richard Nixon. Compare such numbers to Clinton, who was riding high in the 50s at the time of his impeachment.
Don't look for this Republican Congress to impeach Bush, despite low ratings. Rather, it'll wear this president's crimes and misdemeanors around its own neck, as it now wears the Jack Abramoff scandal, Tom Delay's transgressions and the occupation of Iraq--like so many rancid chickens-or ducks--around a misbehaving dog's neck.
Take a look around. Short of another 9/11, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which the president ever again enjoys majority support from his fellow Americans.
Leno, Letterman, Stewart and Colbert are having a carnival. Moreover public opinion polls show a majority of Americans favor impeaching the president if he broke the law. For example, in a Zogby poll released in January, 53 percent answered yes when asked the following: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"
A growing number of towns and municipalities are passing resolutions calling for just that, and legislators have introduced bills in the state houses of Illinois and Vermont calling for impeachment proceedings.
"Let's impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He's the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let's impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones ...
Let's impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected ..."
That list doesn't include torture, lying about global warming, spreading nuclear technology, breaking international treaties, possible involvement in the Plame affair and a dozen other offenses I can document without straining. So the question becomes: Who needs Congress to rubberstamp what we the people have already decided? Up to 68 percent of us have impeached Bush in our hearts and minds, and his major policy initiatives are going nowhere, thank heavens, though so much damage has been done this world may never recover.
All of which makes for a dangerous time. Bush is a known quantity. He's shown us what he's capable of many times and many ways. The question is, as the wolves of history close in, placing his cagey, dependent ego in an ever-shrinking defensive bubble, what might he not now try?