Dr. Rusty Shackleford (in the made-up name department I outrank him as a Dean of a fake school) has a real problem with American Research Poll showing that a plurality (46%) of Americans supporting censure of President Bush and with Glenn Greenwald for citing it. Shackleford proceeds to meticulously and logically dismantle both the polling organization ARG but put Greenwald to shame in the process.
I don't know anything about The American Research Group or about Dick Bennett, who runs the New Hampshire polling firm, but the numbers seem very odd to me.
Either explain why the pollsters are biased or why their methodology is wrong or shut up. Don't allude...
Either these numbers are WAY OFF, or every single Senate Democrat (with the exception of Russ Feingold) has lost their sense of the direction as to which way the political wind is blowing.
Ya think? Try actually having to be a constituent of these clowns. They have all the political acumen of a baked potato and they absolutely LOATHE their base.
I don't find it hard to believe that 70% of Democrats would want Bush censured, but 29% of Republicans? Unless, of course, Andy Sullivan is still calling himself a Republican, I just don't buy it.
I'm right there with you. Hard to believe there are still 29% of Republicans that still BELIEVE in the constitution after what we've witnessed these last few years.
The same poll claims that 47% of independents want the President impeached. So, more independents want the President of the United States impeached than censured? What the hell kind of logic is that?
I dunno. The kind of logic that assumes that if the President broke the law he ought to get more than a slap on the wrist?
The Left, as expected, are soiling their panties over this one. They smell blood in the water and are pouncing. What is so interesting about the Left, which usually prides itself in its epistemelogical relativism, is how they claim to know reality as it really is. Glenn Greenwald makes the assertion that what the wiretapping program is breaking the law, as if that were an objective fact, and then advises: Go forth and censure.
Greenwald doesn't just "make the assertion" that the wiretapping is illegal. Greenwald has written pages and pages on his blog explaining why the wiretapping program doesn't even begin to pass legal and constitutional muster. He's a 1st Amendment lawyer as well so he knows what the hell he's talking about. He didn't just pull it out of his ass, Jawa-boy.
But really what leaps off the turnbuckle and and drives Shackleford into the mat is the very actions of Republican Senators themselves. Today Senator DeWine introduced a bill explicity making the warrantless wiretapping legal. The tacit admission, the 500 pound gorilla in the room, is that this means it's not legal now for the administration to bypass FISA and spy on Americans. But we all knew that already.
At least those of us that don't spend the majority of our time in a sandcrawler hunting droids.