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We’re witnessing much wailing, moaning, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth from the more insane of the right-wingers over what they deem (in their dreams) President Obama’s “impeachable offenses.”

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While they can’t quite agree on which particular “offenses” rise to the level of “impeachable,” they’re largely in agreement that he’s surely done something, to someone, somewhere, sometime, or will at some time in the future do something, that will make impeachment an absolute moral imperative for conservatives.

But why wait for an offense, is their logic. Readiness is all, and conservatives are merrily putting the cart before the horse: Instead of recognizing that impeachment proceedings start with a potentially impeachable crime (of which there are none for this President), they’ve instead floated the concept of impeachment with the hope that a crime will leap from the shadows to justify the attempt. They might, however, want to look into that whole impeachment thing.

Notes, ” . . . [T]he ocean of wrongdoing encompassed by the Constitution’s stipulation of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ is vast. Abuse of power and serious misconduct in office fit this category, but one act that is definitely not grounds for impeachment is partisan discord.” (Emphasis added). Republicans, learn it, know, it, live it.

In history, only two presidents have been impeached by the House, Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton, and both were, ultimately, acquitted by the Senate. Sure, this House of Representatives, given its penchant for flying in the face of sanity (for Pete’s sake, they’ve voted 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even while knowing a repeal would die in the Senate), could likely conjure up the votes to impeach President Obama for the crime of putting mustard on his hot dog or getting the wrong kind of White House dog or simply being president while black.

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But even the House, as fond of symbolic votes as it is, would be hard pressed to justify an attempt at impeachment with absolutely no grounds. They’ve put impeachment on their wish list, mainly to reinforce extreme right-wing street creds, and many Congresspeople have spent the summer - in lieu of golf and swimming and weekend barbecues – encouraging impeachment dreams for the tea partiers who are still hanging on, and getting out their crayons and markers and poster board to make“Impeach Obama” banners to hang on overpasses.

People are starving and Republicans want to cut food assistance. Unemployment is still a critical problem, and Republicans waste time trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act – 40 times. A recent NBC/WSJ poll shows that 83% of voters disapprove of this Republican Congress; 56% of themsay that Republicans are “too inflexible” in dealing with President Obama; twice as many voters identify as Democrats than they do as Republicans.

Republicans have made a career out of shooting themselves in the foot. They’ve become something like the good-looking, charming party guy women love to hang out with but none want to marry, and voters are like the woman who is temporarily charmed by him: He can make her feel all warm and fuzzy, make her laugh, say all the right things, bend over backwards to convince her he’s a serious guy with good intentions, and try to make her believe the moon is hers for the asking. But as time goes on, she’ll realize that his life dreams are really pretty wacky, he’s more a talker than a doer, he isn’t always honest and the carrot hanging on the stick is dried out and inedible. In the end, she’ll toss him aside for the guy who’s a little less glib and a lot more real.


Julie Driscoll
Smoking Hot Politics

Monday, 26 August 2013