The pro-impeachment factions on the left have heated up again with the Libby pardon and a recent poll showing 46% want Bush impeached (and 54% want Cheney impeached). What’s the endgame but revenge for Clinton? Pelosi as president? For how long? A couple of months.
You see, for some reason, the left has been seduced by the idea that who the president is matters in every single way. Granted, Bush has been a disaster—but isn’t he more of a symptom? A symptom of corporate control of government and a poisonous conservative ideology run amok? These same forces never stopped attacking Clinton and were successful enough to capture Congress and stop the real progress Clinton could have made.
No, the real change has to be a revolution in the minds of Americans. We have to start accepting as part of our national self-image that even the least among us have worth and that the fact that other countries do things is not reason enough not to do it.
If this is what Ralph Nader meant, he was right that there is no difference between the parties. A Democratic victory in 2008 will result in doing all the same things in a slightly different way, and maybe one major policy initiative, and perhaps a few minor ones.
At least, that victory won’t cause such a change. Only if it is reflective of such a change will it mean anything, and the deep cynicism most people have towards politics makes it even more unlikely that any politician could cause such a change without perhaps leading a Rooseveltian charge against major catastrophe.