The Bush Presidency Is Like a Marriage Gone Bad

The first Pres. Bush was once described as “every woman’s first husband.” In a new article at Salon.com, Gary Kamiya argues that the current president’s relationship with the public has become analagous to a failed marriage:

If Congress allows Bush to leave office unimpeached, it risks rendering quaint the system of checks and balances in the Constitution.

America finds itself married to a guy who has turned out to be a complete dud. Divorce — which in our nonparliamentary system means impeachment — is the logical solution. But even though Bush cheated on us, lied, besmirched our family’s name and spent all our money, we the people, not to mention our elected representatives and the media, seem content to stick it out to the bitter end.

As any newspaper advice columnist would say, the healthy thing to do with a bad marriage is to end it. But Kamiya suggests that despite Bush’s falsified casus belli, the lackadaisical preparation and abysmal conduct of the war, his flouting of laws, incompetence and scandals, he will leave office unimpeached. The main reason for this, Kamiya says is obvious:

The Democrats think it’s bad politics. Bush is dying politically and taking the GOP down with him, and impeachment is risky. It could, so the cautious Beltway wisdom has it, provoke a backlash, especially while the war is still going on. Why should the Democrats gamble on hitting the political jackpot when they’re likely to walk away from the table big winners anyway?

This is risky. Allowing Bush to slink away without being held accountable undermines the government’s system of checks and balances between the branches, which could render the U.S. Constitution, well, quaint. If this rogue president gets away with it, what will stop the next?

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  • May 23, 2007 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    I AM A DEMOCRAT!!!!!BUT IT SEEMS LIKE ALL OF THE DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON HAVE TURNED TO SHIT AND AFRAID THAT THEY MIGHT SMELL!!!!! LOOK HOW THEY BACKED DOWN ON A TROOP WITHDRAWAL DATE AND GAVE THE SOB WHAT HE WANTS!!!!THEY SHOULD IMPEACH THAT BASTARD THE LYING STEALING AND CORRUPT BASTARD!!!!!!I AM A DEM BUT I AM THINKING OF GOING INDEPENDENT AND HOPING TO NOT PUT IN A BASTARD LIKE JOE LIEBERMAN EITHER—–HE IS A TURN COAT REPUG PLAYING DEM!!!!

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