Barone on Impeachment
He sounds the right note
:The Democratic bloggers note correctly that impeachment didn't help the Republicans politically. But they still seem incensed, and I think that's because they believe that impeachment, in their view unfairly, tended to delegitimize the Clinton presidency.
This is one of the oddities of the push by the Lefty bloggers to impeach President Bush. They make a big deal out of how illegitimate the effort was to impeach Clinton, but then they turn around and say, if that was worthy of impeachment, so is (wiretapping/starting a war on false pretenses/insert latest outrage here). But of course, if the impeachment of Clinton was illegitimate, then that experience tells us nothing about what are legitimate reasons for impeachment.
It's sort of like saying, Boomer Esiason doesn't belong in the NFL Hall of Fame, and therefore Kurt Warner does belong in the Hall of Fame, because he's better than Boomer.