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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Dems Take Charge

I think it's pretty safe to say what happened at the polls on Tuesday was nothing short of a Democratic ass-kicking. Everybody knew that the House was going to fall into Democratic control, but NO ONE predicted that they would get a 33-seat swing over to their side. And now it looks like the Senate will be in Democratic control as well, as it looks like Jim Webb will win the Virginia Senate seat over Republican incumbent George Allen.

The pendulum has swung the other way, and the 1994 Congressional takeover by the Republicans has now officially be reversed to the Democrats.

To me, the American public has spoken about its dissatisfaction over the Iraq War. The economy is definitely in an upswing, as unemployment is at an incredible low (4.4%) and gas prices have been dropping. But the war that continues to drag on has cost the Republicans dearly. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fell on the sword yesterday, resigning (it felt more like a firing to me) after six years in the Bush cabinet.

This basically makes George W. Bush a lame-duck president for his remaining two years. But one thing that will NOT happen, and that is Bush being impeached. (My apologies to all of my friends and readers who are liberal.) I see those signs all over New York (this being a big liberal city), but that just won't happen. (I even saw runners at the NYC Marathon on Sunday wearing "IMPEACH BUSH" t-shirts.) The Senate may now be in Democratic hands by 2, but you have to have a two-thirds majority in order to remove a president from office (67 yea votes). Even if all 51 Democrats voted for Bush's removal (and that's not a guarantee), they would have to get 16 Republican senators to vote along with them. Bush has not lost control of the Republican party for something like that to happen. Bush has his supporters, and the numbers just aren't there. Barring some unforseen circumstance, Bush will serve out the last two years of his term.

And besides, those who are so desperate for Bush to be tossed out have to ask themselves a really serious question.

"Do we really want Dick Cheney to become president?"

9 comments:

G said...

The economy being in an upswing is sort of relative - it has to be down to swing up!

I think the deomcrats have more sense / class than to impeach the president anyway. Although there's no doubt the republicans would have been all over it had the shoe been on the other foot. They've done it before for FAR less serious offenses ....

kaylee said...

Hwy i am a republican but,In a way i am glad the Democrats won.Now if we could just get the Democrats and others.To elect a democratic president i 08.I will be happy.
-kaylee

kaylee said...

Hwy=Hey
-kaylee

The Omnipotent Q said...

I think the Democrats know that they don't have the numbers to impeach Bush (more sense than class), as opposed to the Republicans, who embarrassed themselves trying to impeach Clinton without the numbers to do it in 1999. Pelosi says impeachment's "not on the table," but we'll see.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Kaylee: As long as that Democrat in 2008 is not Hillary Clinton...

kaylee said...

That is true:-
i dont want her either:]

Causal said...

2/3rds vote in the Senate to Impeach will happen once the evidence gets aired on CSPAN.

http://impeachforpeace.org/evidence/

All we need is for a few Republican Congress members to realize that tying their political future to Bush reduces their chances of getting elected. Remember, one way or another, Bush is gone by 2009— but members of Congress may retain their offices beyond that date. Bush's poll numbers are extremely low, and most Americans support impeachment. This is a bipartisan movement. This means that if we make the pressure unbearable for Members of Congress, they'll turn on him to keep their own seats (like they did with Nixon). It's already starting to happen.

Peter N said...

Impeaching the oaf Bush would be too destructive to our country. But maybe, just maybe, he is starting to understand how we, the majority of the people in this USA, feel. Work with us, George. Great stuff Q.

Michael Leggett said...

Being a long-time Republican, I was aghast at the # of House Members who sold out to Bribery & Sleazy Sex:

It's good to have change, because the bad elements of either party, need a good purging, every few years.