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    ljb, super simian, dkamus

    (Comment to another diary but appropriate here)

    I started commenting about a year ago that the window for the GOP to take the only action that could save its prospects, and its soul, the impeachment of Bush, was closing rapidly.

    Every time there was a legislative recess, state primary, important nomination or critical band-aid budget vote, I commented that the window closed a little more. And all the while it was closing, the scandals kept opening up wider and wider, and meanwhile we will plod through this anemic "recovery" until the economy falls right off the table in the next year or two as part of the natural business cycle that no President has ever been able to "repeal." Of course, Iraq shows every possibility of getting worse, not better and the news out of Afghanistan is not too encouraging lately.

    It's gone forever now. Introducing an impeachment resolution runs counter to the GOP's announced "Brand W" allegiance and limp campaign strategy against the Democrats' supposed call for impeachment. And there's no time anyway. Summer recess is rapidly approaching, back to DC for a quick session, then campaign time.

    The die is cast. There is no turning back. The GOP is stuck with George W. Bush and looking at two alternatives: A Democratic win in at least one chamber resulting in massive investigations, possible impeachment and even the installation of Rep. Pelosi as interim President, or Democratic gains combined with a dithering imbecile playing out the last two years against a backdrop of ongoing investigations and trials--Plamegate, Hookergate, and the unholy trinity of Abramoff, DeLay and Frist. Then the big Democrat payoff is in 2008 when even the voting machines cannot be rigged enough to tip the scales without everyone noticing.

    The GOP went down a path of self-destruction that will puzzle political scientists for generations to come.  

    Gerald Ford, of all people, said it best and we will say it again soon: "Our long national nightmare is over."

    But then we'll have to pick up the pieces.

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will watch the watchers?)

    by The Crusty Bunker on Sun May 07, 2006 at 07:38:12 PM PDT

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