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No-confidence votes that were certain to be lost have been used to important political effect in several countries. The case I'm most familiar with is Felipe Gonz´lez in Spain in 1980, which helped convince voters that he represented a serious government alternative. In 1982 he went to win the biggest landslide we've ever had.

Bush's impeachment wouldn't be done to necessarily successfully convict (there might not be time enough before the next president's inauguration) but to get all the dirty laundry out in plain view.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 02:28:34 PM EST
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