The Political Case For Impeaching President Obama
Last week’s midterm elections fueled further speculation that a newly-emboldened Republican Congress might just try to impeach President Obama, but the Beltway media and Republicans continue to rely on two key arguments against it. The first is that impeaching the President is just what the Democrats want them to do, because it would be disastrous for the GOP. Republicans have even gone so far as to say that talk of impeachment is merely a concoction of the Democratic imagination, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said this week:
“The only people I ever hear talk about impeachment are Democrats. And, I think it’s always for political purposes”
“I think this is a Democratic fantasy. And, I certainly don’t see it coming to pass.”
Note that Cole did not say impeachment was off the table, and neither did RNC Chair Reince Priebus when he was asked about it on Election Day. I don’t think this is because they secretly want to do it, but because they secretly know that it’s not at all off the table.
The second argument is that even if Republicans pass articles of impeachment in the House, they don’t have the votes to convict in the Senate. That’s what many of the 20 or so Republicans who Tom Cole didn’t hear talking about impeachment have said, and it’s what Cole didn’t hear Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) say this week…READ MORE