Peggy Noonan’s insane “good vibrations” piece put me in mind of impeachment, the attempted — and ultimately successful, if you think ahead to January 2001 — coup that wingnuts and Villagers led against Bill Clinton. If you reject out of hand the possibility that a Robespierre-style reign of terror might be in our best interests as a society (I’m not advocating one, just saying it’s irresponsible not to speculate), you need to read this classic piece that gave birth to the “Villager” coinage.
But Noonan made Cokie and Broder and the rest sound reasonable by comparison:
There was no such joy in Mudville when Mighty Clinton struck out. There were the tears of Tom DeLay, and the sadness of Chris Shays, and, for those watching at home, this: the picture of the murmuring, milling floor of the House as the first article of impeachment got 218 votes and passed. You couldn’t tell anything had happened from what you saw; no one seemed to notice. I cleared my throat and said to my son, “They impeached the president,” and that was the only sound.
Now it’s Monday morning, we’ve all had time to digest and absorb the astounding Allan Drury novel that unfolded this weekend, and one should say it: The good guys finally won.[….]
It seemed to me the perfect metaphor for what had happened in the House this weekend. They were trying to take a grand old institution and make it clean again, make it shine like new. It was the right thing to be doing. It’s how the good guys finally won.
I don’t have to remind anyone here of the perhaps irreparable damage the Bush presidency did to the country. And you don’t have to be Bob Somerby to think that establishment media’s anti-Clinton jihad helped cause that presidency in the first place.
So get out and vote tomorrow. Volunteer too if you have time. If Obama wins by the margins that quantitative experts predict, it will be a dagger at least part way into the the Village’s heart of darkness. Four more years of the Kenyan Usurper and yet another affirmation of reality-based political analysis may undo some of the damage these traitors have inflicted on our nation.