Saturday, December 24, 2005

When loons attack!

As you may know, some of the goofier collections of moonbats have started calling (or modified their reason for calling) for impeachment. Since it's not really a serious position and thus will not be advanced by any serious politician, they have a need to try to to get it into the public consciousness somehow in order to build some momentum for the idea. They decided to try, via the wacky web site form letter, carpet bombing pollsters to try to get them to include the question of impeachment in some future poll. The result would not be important, simply getting it in a poll would lend an air of legitimacy to what is really just a rallying cry for extremists.

Unfortunately, pollsters aren't quite so gullible or detached from reality, as we see in this hilarious excerpt of a chat with Washington Post poll editor Richard Morin (ellipses in original):

Naperville, Ill.: Why haven't you polled on public support for the impeachment of George W. Bush?

Richard Morin: This question makes me mad . . .

Seattle, Wash.: How come ABC News/Post poll has not yet polled on impeachment?

Richard Morin: Getting madder . . .

Haymarket, Va.: With all the recent scandals and illegal/unconstitutional actions of the President, why hasn't ABC News/Washington Post polled whether the President should be impeached?

Richard Morin: Madder still . . .

Dublin, Ireland: In a statement on Sunday, John Dean, former White House counsel during Watergate, stated that President Bush is "the first President to admit to an impeachable offense." Will The Washington Post be polling about impeachment of the President in the near future, now that this topic has taken on national significance?

Richard Morin: An impeachment demand from Ireland? Oh my gawd. Now I'm furious.

Let me explain.

For the past eight months or so, the major media pollsters have been the target of a campaign organized by a Democratic Web site demanding that we ask a question about impeaching Bush in our polls.

The Web site lists the e-mail addresses of every media pollster, reporters as well as others. The Post's ombudsman is even on their hit list.

The Web site helpfully provides draft language that can be cut-and-pasted into a blanket e-mail.

The net result is that every few months, when this Web site fires up the faithful with another call for e-mails, my mailbox is filled with dozens and dozens of messages that all read exactly the same (often from the same people, again and again). Most recently, a psychology professor from Arizona State University sent me the copy-and-paste e-mail, not a word or comma was changed. I only hope his scholarship is more original.

We first laughed about it. Now, four waves into this campaign,we are annoyed. Really, really annoyed.

Some free advice: You do your cause no service by organizing or participating in such a campaign. It is viewed by me and others with the same scorn reserved for junk mail. Perhaps a bit more.

That said. we [sic] do not ask about impeachment because it is not a serious option or a topic of considered discussion--witness the fact that no member of congressional Democratic leadership or any of the serious Democratic presidential candidates in '08 are calling for Bush's impeachment. When it is or they are, we will ask about it in our polls.

Enough, already.

[Hat tip: James Taranto]


At 12/24/2005 8:36 PM, Blogger Erik The Red said...

Love the loons dominating the Dems right now. Can only hope they stay prominent in the party for decades. Maybe Dean will call for impeachment during Hillary's run. That would be perfect!


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