Almost 400,000 people voted in the online MSNBC poll today on whether or not Bush should be impeached. And close to 90% of all respondents said "Yes".
This is not a good look at all for the President. Nor is it a good look for the Democrats, who've made it very clear, once they won the mid-term elections, that they will not be seeking the impeachment of President Bush.
There is plenty of post-election analysis that claims online campaigning played a healthy role in getting the Democrats control of the Senate. Campaigning by the candidates, and by the thousands of blogs and hundreds of websites that were devoted to throwing as many Republicans out of the chamber as possible.
And this is where a major problem for the Democrats begins. Impeaching President Bush was a key firestarter for many online discussions and blog posts from pro-Democrats sites. Along with the Iraq War, of course. But these very same sites now have plenty of regular comments such as "When are the Dems going to live up to their election promise and impeach Bush?" and "Impeach Bush Now! Why are we waiting?"
The Democrats, in particular the new Speaker of the House Pelosi, quickly tried to dismiss all talk of a Bush Impeachment when she picked up her gavel, after a few weeks (post-election) clearly stating this was not part of their immediate agenda.
But, if the poll is an accurate reflection of even a small slice of the American public, then there are tens of millions of Americans, if not more than 100 million, who still want that 'promised' impeachment to go ahead.
Online polls are not accurate, they are open to stacking and corruption, but the below poll is a hell of a visual message for the millions who access MSNBC online every day, along with the tens of millions who will now see these poll results via friends e-mails or the wealth of anti-Bush blogs and websites and plenty of other mainstream and independent media.
From MSNBC :
|Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?|
* 392339 responses
|Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.|
|No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."|
|No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching.|
|I don't know.|
Not a scientific survey. Click to learn more. Results may not total 100% due to rounding.
I'll add in closing that the "Yes" question is accurate, but a loaded one all the same.
Why put "secret spying" first?
It's a fact that most Americans who wanted, and want, Bush impeached are more interested in seeing him frog-marched from the White House before January, 2008, for the Iraq War lies, deceptions and half-truths alone.
Fascinating, and alarming. For Bush, anyway. And the Democrats.