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Friday, May 12, 2006
 
Poll: Most Americans Prefer to Live Rather Than Be Killed in a Nuclear Holocaust

Glenn Greenwald has some work to do.

A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

A slightly larger majority--66 percent--said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, the poll found.


Greenwald:

The whole point of having political leaders and pundits is to articulate a point of view and provide support for that view in order to persuade Americans of its rightness. That process changes public opinion on every issue, all of the time, often dramatically.

Yep, once Glenn Greenwald and company tell us what to think, we'll get into lockstep behind them.

This is probably why he takes that tack:

The survey results reflect initial public reaction to the NSA program. Those views that could change or deepen as more details about the effort become known over the next few days.

Of course, I do have to wonder if Glenn Greenwald is going to be willing to do the work to change the minds of the American people when the Democrats are undercutting the "netroots".

Seeking to choke off a Republican rallying cry, the House's top Democrat has told colleagues that the party will not seek to impeach President Bush even if it gains control of the House in November's elections, her office said last night.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) told her caucus members during their weekly closed meeting Wednesday "that impeachment is off the table; she is not interested in pursuing it," spokesman Brendan Daly said.


Perhaps they could put a non-impeachment plank in their party platform? Nah, not even that would work. Bill Clinton had a middle class tax cut in his platform in 1992, but once he got elected, he was shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that he couldn't deliver it.

So it will be with impeachment. The Democrats will run on vigorous investigations short of impeachment, but if they win control of the House, they will make a show of being very reluctantly forced to impeach the president because of some new outrage--the NSA scandal du jour will provide them with a pretext.
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