Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Consummation Devoutly to Be Wished 

From the January 2006 Harper's Index (not yet online), a little historical context to inform your contemplation of the two resolutions introduced on Tuesday by Sen. John Conyers (D-MI) -- one to censure Messrs. Bush and Cheney for abuse of power, the other to investigate administration misconduct in the Iraq war and report on the possibility of impeachment:
  • Percentage of Americans who said in November that the Valerie Plame leak scandal was of "great importance": 51
  • Percentage who said, two months before President Nixon resigned, that Watergate was "very serious": 49
  • Percentage who said it was "just politics": 42
  • Percentage approval rating of Bill Clinton the day after impeachment and George W. Bush in November, respectively: 73, 37
In related matters (via AfterDowningStreet.org):
A record 55% say the war in Iraq is entirely separate from the war on terrorism that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, the first time a majority has held that opinion.

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