THREE-MINUTE UPDATE: Check the hell out of this ARG poll: Americans support censure 46%-44%. Closely divided? You bet. Opportunity for leadership? Absolutely. Also, Linc Chaffee won’t rule out censure. That ought to go over well with the Club for Growth. (chuckle)
I’m actually kind of serious: Today’s <a
Times story about their foaming, white-hot reaction to Feingold’s
censure proposal shows a sharp, opportunistic, aggressive political
culture. And they’re using the word impeachment — not censure,
as Feingold proposes, although there is an impeachment effort in the
House — to rally their troops, raise money, and maybe get folks to
come to the polls in November.
I just gotta say Bravo to those guys. That’s exactly the kind of
attitude we need on the Dems side. Everything is an opportunity, even
your own guy’s disgrace. If you constantly look for opportunties to go
on the offensive (“We’ll win because of X, Y and Z”), you’ll be on the
offensive a lot; if you think defensively (“Gosh, how do we win in
spite of A, B, and C”), you’ll end up on the defensive. Go figure.
That being said, George Lakoff (<a
href=”http://www.chelseagreen.com/2004/items/elephant”>Don’t Think of
an Elephant) may be smiling: Every time Paul Weyrich or Rush
Limbaugh says, “Democrats want to impeach Bush!”, the association is
made in folks’ minds, like a mantra … Bush … impeached … Bush
… impeached … And sooner or later the conversation turns to: “Should
Bush be impeached?” — or, to ratchet down, “Should Bush be merely censured?”
Either way, not good for the President or his toadies. “Framing” wins,
if the Dems decide to take it up.
And it may win without them, or in spite of them.
In any event, Dems should certainly take the risk of seeming
strong and principled — which <a
didn’t exactly demonstrate today, hilariously. (Via <a
the Machine.) In the meantime, they all seem to be waiting … for
some phone calls, maybe? (202) 224-3121 is the switchboard.