Ousting Obama an obsession for Republicans
Impeaching the president remains the Holy Grail for an embittered GOP
How much more gratifying to bully the president.
Not content with fighting off a popular immigration overhaul or threatening to shut down the government and set off the first federal default, hard-core congressional Republicans want to nullify the election.
Unlike when the Republicans did their nutty impeachment of Bill Clinton – (Newt Gingrich is back, starring in the Crossfire reboot) – they don’t even control the Senate. And as David Axelrod told me, there isn’t a “scintilla of justification”.
It’s lucky the president got another dog if Tom Coburn is his friend. At a town hall in Muskogee last Wednesday, when an audience member called the administration “lawless”, the Oklahoma senator said his buddy was “getting perilously close” to the standard of high crimes and misdemeanours.
“I wonder what Coburn is saying about his enemies,” said Axelrod dryly.
In Texas recently, another Republican congressman, Blake Farenthold, answered a birther at a town hall.
“If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, we would probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” he said, but added that it would never pass in the Senate.
At another Texas session last Monday, someone asked senator Ted Cruz (Rep-Canada) why they couldn’t impeach Obama. “It’s a good question,” replied Cruz, before noting that Democrats control the Senate.
Earlier this month, the president’s motorcade pulled into the Orlando Hilton and was greeted by about 50 protesters with signs saying “Kenyan Go Home”, “Impeach Obama” and “Obama Lies”. BuzzFeed had a pictorial on the “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” fad, where people hold up home-made signs on overpasses.
And they reported on 100,000 preorders for the book Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office, covering sore points from Benghazi to Obamacare.
This month has been rife with efforts among the GOP “wise men”, using every channel possible – polls, opinion editorials, cable, Twitter, to try to talk sense to the goons of August. When Condi Rice is a “wise man”, you know you’re in trouble.
The Democrats never impeached W and they had real grounds: starting a war on false premises and sanctioning torture.
“The Republican Party is in a constant struggle between its ego and its id,” said Axelrod, “and the id has mostly won out lately.”
It isn’t the president who should leave. It’s the misguided lawmakers trying to drive him out.
For some of the rodeo clowns clamouring for impeachment around the country, Barack Obama’s real crime is presiding while black.