Ever since President Obama decided that he would rule via executive fiat (or as he said with his phone and his pen) there have been rumblings of the “I” word coming from Congress (Note: The “I” word is not the new politically correct way to say Islamist terrorists–It means impeachment). According to the left-wing skewed The Hill, the “I” word is raised by congressional Democrats 20x more than Republicans at least on the House and Senate floors.
Since the start of the 113th Congress last year, Democrats have used the word “impeach” or “impeachment” regarding Obama 86 times, according to a review of the Congressional Record by The Hill. Utterances on the floor from Republicans about impeaching Obama, in contrast, have been relatively rare. Only three Republicans in this Congress have raised the subject on the House floor, and the words have been used a total of four times by GOP members.
Most of the talk has come from House Democrats, with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) alone using the words 18 times in two separate speeches late last month.
More surprising is that Ms Jackson used a word with more than one syllable.
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In the Senate, where the GOP hopes to retake a majority this fall, not a single Republican has mentioned impeachment on the floor over the last couple of years.
So what is going on? Where impeachment has been mentioned is by GOP commentators such as Former Governors Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. But mentions by out of power Republicans have given DCCC Chair Steve Israel an opportunity to raise tons of money with the lie that congressional Republicans plan to impeach Obama. Some point to the congressional lawsuit against Obama as proof, even though Speaker Boehner has said there are no plans to impeach the President now or in the future (he called impeachment a Democratic “scam”)
The Hill points to Mike Huckabee as a Republican talking about impeachment:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican who could run for president in 2016, told a conservative radio show host on Monday that Obama “deserved impeachment.”
“There’s no doubt” Obama “has done plenty of things worthy of impeachment,” Huckabee said.
“From a governmental standpoint you’re not going to see it accomplished with this Senate,” Huckabee said, noting Republicans have a minority in the Senate.
This isn’t meant as a slight, but neither Mike Huckabee nor Sarah Palin have a say on whether or not Obama should be impeached, they only have opinions.
In terms of Republicans who presently sit in the House or the Senate The Hill found only five members who have brought the subject up; Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Walter Jones (N.C.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve Stockman (Texas) and Louie Gohmert (Texas). That’s five out of a total two-hundred and seventy-nine sitting Congressional Republicans talking about impeachment. That is only four more than the number of Democrats who are worried about too many marines on Guam tipping it over.
Nineteen House Democrats have raised the issue in comments on the House floor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV.), taking a break from his ad hominem attacks on the Koch Brothers has mentioned it on the Senate floor.
“It is good we are talking about this, rather than an impeachment of the president or suing the president,” Reid said as he opened debate last week on a bipartisan Veterans Affairs measure. “Look in the papers today. The American people are totally opposed. We shouldn’t be off on these tracks of impeachment, suing the president.”
Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley, who has criticized Obama’s executive actions, compared the impeachment talk to sightings of “Bigfoot.”
“This is the constitutional equivalent of a Bigfoot sighting: nobody is seriously suggesting that impeachment is being pursued by the Republicans,” said Turley, a professor at George Washington University.
Here’s the bottom line yes its true some Republicans have mentioned impeachment we are talking about 5 out of 279 sitting Congressional Republicans–a very small minority. The loudest voices come from those Republicans with a large audience but no votes in the matter.
Thankfully the vast majority of the Grand Old Party realize that impeachment will only empower the President even more. Obama will ceases to be an incompetent scandal-ridden President and instead becomes a martyr to Republican obstructionism. The GOP will become the racist party that tried to throw out the first African-American president. Any voters on the fence would go Democrat just based on that meme.
But we also have to realize (and fight) that the impeachment talk now is just a way for Democratic Party hacks to fund-raise and motivate their base.