Via the Commander Guy, Jonah Goldberg has challenged Jon Chait to a bet: Goldberg collects $500 if Republicans take back the House but don’t impeach Obama, Chait collects if Republicans take back the House and do impeach Obama. Chait won’t take that bet bas another idea:
I don’t have $500 to throw around on the legal defense fund for people charged with vandalizing Woodrow Wilson’s grave, or whatever his favorite charity is, but consider the challenge accepted. If Obama wins a second term, and a GOP-controlled House has not impeached him by 2017, I will let Goldberg write an item on my blog explaining why I was wrong. I’d hope he’ll let me do the same on his blog if I’m right.
Oh, I also predict that said impeachment will be endorsed by Goldberg.
(Goldberg has some theory about how Wilson was responsible for Hitler.)
There are those who think it is childish, masturbatory, even nihilist to root for impeachment if Republicans take the House. They are wrong.
If Republicans take the House, they will undoubtedly do all sorts of destructive things: they will probably shut down the government, if not officially then for all intents and purposes, they will try to muck around with health care legislation — they probably won’t repeal it but don’t be surprised if they manage to fuck around in a way that deprives lots of Americans of access to health care. Most of these actions will be cheerfully heh-indeeded, not only by the right but probably by most of the Village as well. Impeachment, on the other hand, may be a bridge too far for many observers.
It’s the same reason I was happy to see O’Donnell win rather than Castle. It’s not just that O’Donnell will lose whereas Castle probably would have won, it’s that O’Donnell is portrayed as a lunatic, whereas Castle is portrayed a principled, serious centrist…even though, as Senators, they would likely vote exactly the same way on everything. With O’Donnell, at least, what you see is what you get.
A Republican Congress will be a disaster. It should be a laughingstock too.
Now, we get Republicans who are pretending to behave honorably. Olympia Snowe said yesterday, “Frankly we haven’t done our jobs well here in Washington and that disturbs me. There’s all this partisanship and polarization, and ultimately it yields two outcomes: either scorched-earth victory for one side or political stagnation.” No shit. And who was it that negotiated in bad faith over the health care bill? Oh, yeah. Olympia Snowe.
I hope that teatardism makes it increasingly hard for Republicans to keep up the pretense of behaving honorably.