Well, the repudiation for which I pined has come to pass.
With my natural skepticism, I can really do no more than celebrate that SOME check might finally have been put in place to the ever-expanding, constitutionally-oblivious, tumor-like growth of unchecked presidential authority; this is, of course, some ways from celebrating the Democrats' victory. It remains to be seen whether some coherent governing strategy can be forged in the next couple years, so that some forward movement becomes possible in '08. With a Republican president and probably not enough strength to override his veto, it would seem that realistic expectations should not be toward bold Democratic legislation; rather, we'll have to be content with some serious investigations into the sitting administration, into the war and the government's skilled and pointed use of the war as a prophylactic against scrutiny. Let the scrutiny begin. Let there finally be some accountability where there has been none.
I heard someone today saying that they felt that Speaker- elect Nancy Pelosi was trying to cross lines and be inclusive, and in that vein she had taken any talk of impeachment off the table. First, I wonder why this reaching across the aisle is something we excused the Republicans in the last two elections for being absolutely unwilling to do, and yet are now feeling that it's incumbent upon the victorious party to be amenable? And second, I can't imagine why we would remove the option of impeachment from the table when a) the President's party could not be derailed from impeaching Clinton for arguably infinitely less serious offenses, and b) it is exactly the sense that the President has been at least misleading, and at worst possibly criminal, in his handling of affairs that cries out for accountability. This is what drove the election, not some deep-seated societal desire for Socialism! Voters, including very many from the President's own party, clearly felt that the group in power has seriously mishandled this country and has left us in an perilous quicksand of international relations and fiscal malaise. If the forthcoming investigations find the administration to be as culpable and inept as, apparently, most of us fear it is, then HELL YES there ought to be impeachment on the table. So far as I'm concerned, the same Republicans that played unrelenting, Karl Rove hardball for the past decade are now in no position whatsoever to demand civility from their erstwhile-victims.
But I will take a minute to celebrate and abserve the turn-around before I too firmly decide it isn't enough.