April 14, 2008
With an approval rating that is hovering around the high twenties, Bush has few allies left in the American public. Only 34% of Americans support torture in interrogations, and what might be even more surprising is that there is an even smaller contingent, only 16%, that believes the 9/11 Commission Report version of the attacks.
While it is certain the Bush Administration will leave the White House with reputations in shambles a question remains: Is it enough to keep another administration from doing the same? Huge amounts of money changed hands, kings were made, and others taken down. These initiatives may be enough to justify to elite insiders that the administration was a success, despite the reputations, popularity polls or the state of the union. If there are those that know the details and consider the Bush Presidency a success on these terms such a presidency will happen again.
In an interview with Will Bunch, Barack Obama suggested a Bush impeachment would be an unlikely course of action but a criminal investigation could be a viable option. However, Obama says,
"I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt because I think we've got too many problems we've got to solve."I ask, is it worth healing the country's economy, international reputation and national psyche when they are still vulnerable to being sacrificed for the agendas of future presidents? I agree there are many fires burning that demand attention, but what is the point of fighting fires while the gas is still flowing.
The prosecution of a president is an unfortunately partisan issue. If Obama can take the White House and get the nation healed in his first term, a prosecution may be a good project for a second.