According to a new Zogby poll, 52% of America believes that President Bush should be impeached over his use of warrantless wiretaps, while only 43% think that he shouldn’t. Those who identified themselves as libertarians supported impeachment by 71%, with only progressives surpassing them for impeachment support at 90%. Even those identifying themselves as “very conservative” post a 23% support for impeachment.
We may actually be on to something here, something we can not only use to get Bush out of office but to find common ground with a majority of Americans. And it may actually work-the last impeachment proceeding had the support of only 36% of the American public, and only 26% actually wanted Clinton out of office. With borderline libertarians like Bob Barr being at the forefront of the wiretapping indictments and upcoming calls for impeachment, this could be a way to get the libertarian name out there in front of the American people in a good light.
What would a successful impeachment bring? It would put Cheney in power, yes, and he’s widely regarded as the power behind the throne already. But even Captain Halliburton himself would be on edge after seeing the fate of his former boss. Sic semper tyrannis has a way of bringing out the libertarian in just about anyone. And we could go into 2008 with the energy of a successful, popular change in American politics already proving our efficacy to voters.