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Jan 10, 2010

Election results

While I'm as happy as the next guy about the DPP's sweeping win in the legislative by-elections, I want to say I'm disappointed at the media's concentration on the DPP's ability to raise a motion to impeach Ma.

For one thing, Taiwan is not a parliamentary system, and impeachment is not a vote of no confidence that results in snap elections; so even if the motion were to succeed, it would not create a better political atmosphere or give the DPP a chance to make any more immediate gains.

For another, the KMT's previous unending attempts to impeach Chen Shui-bian just led to a bunch of political theater and didn't accomplish anything, even if it might have hurt Chen *somewhat* politically; but I'm not even sure there's evidence for that. So I don't see an advantage to this strategy.

Most importantly, what the DPP should be doing with their new threshold is bringing up *bills* -- sunshine bill legislation, KMT party property stuff, etc. Yes, all of this will be blocked int he procedural committee, but it's important for the DPP to focus on and promote an image of capable governance, rather than stirring up further discontent against the KMT alone.

2 comments:

Raj said...

While I'm as happy as the next guy about the DPP's sweeping win in the legislative by-elections, I want to say I'm disappointed at the media's concentration on the DPP's ability to raise a motion to impeach Ma.

The DPP have made it clear that they won't be doing that. I'm sure they'll use their extra seats more wisely than that.

Thomas said...

Ratings-focused media organizations always tend to focus on sensational topics. The same topic came up the last time that there was a bi-election -- the one that coincided with the Penghu gambling referendum. It is annoying, but what can we do?