This is an excerpt from a post by Joe Conason. Below the excerpt is a comment I posted, and below that a NSFW cartoon through which I expand my comment.
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Saturday 11 May 2013
Once confined to the ranks of the birthers,
the fantasy of removing President Obama
from office is starting to fester in
supposedly saner minds.
But defending American diplomats and promoting American prestige are both foreign to the Republican agenda, which is concerned with nothing more elevated than partisan power.
With his far-fetched comparison to Richard Nixon’s disgrace, Huckabee helpfully unveiled a flashing neon clue to GOP psychopathology. The desire for revenge over Watergate, a Republican obsession for decades, was the underlying motivation for the outlandish Whitewater investigations that targeted the Clintons almost 20 years ago. Now, as the Obama presidency continues, America’s political predicament increasingly resembles the worst moments of that era, when the furious derangement that grips the opposition began to emerge in full.
For years we have seen the same campaign to demonize the president, the same systematic obstruction, the same refusal to accept a democratic verdict — and now the same urge to invent high crimes and misdemeanors. The only difference is that the timetable for impeachment — which didn’t commence for Clinton until the end of 1997 — appears to be accelerating.
If you believe that “rat-fucking” is just a game, one played by everyone, then I guess it follows that you would think Nixon was treated unfairly.
On the other hand, if you think rat-fucking is seriously corrosive to democracy (as I do), then it might follow that if there’s any impeaching to be done it ought to be aimed at Issa and his ilk rather than President Obama.