It’s unlikely this Congress will ever impeach George Bush because his people – some of who were close at hand during Watergate – didn’t make any Watergate-like tactical errors: no tapes, no smoking gun, no hard evidence of deliberate wrongdoing. That doesn’t make them any less guilty of what Theodore H. White described as the underlying deed that undid Nixon:
“The true crime of Richard Nixon was simple: he destroyed the myth that binds America together, and for this he was driven from power.
“The myth he broke was critical – that somewhere in American life there is at least one man who stands for the law, the President . . . That faith holds that all men are equal before the law and protected by it; and that no matter how the faith may be betrayed elsewhere, at one particular point – the Presidency – justice will done beyond prejudice, beyond rancor, beyond the possibility of a fix.”
Cops will continue to do their duty, prosecutors will continue to do theirs and judges will do likewise, but guilty men everywhere will find comfort in knowing that the justice system can be treated like a whore, if you have enough money or clout or both. Mob bosses will admire Bush’s loyalty to a closed-mouth soldier and petty criminals may well want to do better than small crime because they’ll realize that big crime pays big dividends.
Resign, Mr. President. Resign.