Mary Anastasia O’Grady – Wall Street Journal, 04/03/2016
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff charged last week that the effort in Congress to impeach her is a “coup” attempt launched by her political adversaries. “I want tolerance, dialogue and peace,” Ms. Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (PT) averred in a speech to supporters. “And that will only be possible if democracy is preserved.”
Framing the effort to remove her from office as undemocratic is Ms. Rousseff’s best hope for political survival—if you don’t count buying allies in Congress. It’s also ridiculous.
The impeachment petition has been in Congress since last year. But on Tuesday the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) quit the president’s governing coalition, raising the odds that it will go forward. The PMDB is reacting to a popular outcry against the president. She is alleged, among other things, to have violated the country’s fiscal responsibility law with stimulus spending during her re-election campaign, then of using creative accounting to hide it.