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Impeach Obama? Not So Fast, Say Some Republicans

Impeach Obama? Not So Fast, Say Some Republicans

It seems as if members of the far right have spent almost the entirety of the Obama administration’s time in office coming up with different reasons to impeach the president.

First were the “birther” folk who swore he wasn’t president because he allegedly wasn’t born in the country–regardless of how often they were given information proving them wrong. More recently it was over the Benghazi scandal, followed by the belief that he sicced the IRS on various Tea Party groups. Now, a section of the GOP is getting itself into a lather yet again, and this time it’s over immigration.

Impeaching Obama is usually a gimmick meant to raise candidate funds, sell books or get listeners on talk radio stations, but the President’s use of executive actions to try to accomplish at least something while the do nothing Republican majority in the House blocks anything the President supports, has brought even more conservative big wigs into the debate.

According to the Associated Press, Florida Republican Tea Partier Allen West, a former congressman, demanded impeachment be considered after President Obama negotiated the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal in exchange for some Taliban prisoners, accusing the President of unjustifiable unilateral action. “I submit that Barack Hussein Obama’s unilateral negotiations with terrorists and the ensuing release of their key leadership without consult — mandated by law — with the U.S. Congress represents high crimes and misdemeanors, an impeachable offense,” West wrote on his website.

If there are Tea Partiers shouting things about the president, though, you know that Sarah Palin is in the mix. Referring to the recent immigration crisis (which has worsened because the GOP has refused to consider any amnesty or path to citizenship policies, or any potential immigration reform at all), Palin wrote in a column that, “It’s time to impeach, and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”

Palin, of course, is a failed vice presidential contender who is no longer an office holder, so does her opinion about the fate of the president really matter? Yes, says the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “She’s the first Republican of any significant national stature to make this call,” writes Blake. “And she’s the kind of figure who could potentially recruit others to the cause–people who will want to be heard. Palin surely doesn’t carry the kind of weight she once did in the GOP, but she still has a significant tea party following and is highly popular among the conservative base.”

Impeachment talk is spreading even to politicians who have more to lose, too. Iowa senate candidate Joni Ernst also added her voice to the call, a very interesting development since Iowa, in general, isn’t that much of a conservative state overall. Ernst was caught calling the president a “dictator” at a GOP event back in January and arguing that he should be feeling the consequences of his actions “whether that’s removal from office, whether that’s impeachment.” She then reiterated the idea just a few weeks ago on a local talk show.When asked if Speaker of the House John Boehner should start impeachment proceedings for President Obama, Ernst agree, stating, “If he thinks he has a case, then he should proceed with that.”

Still most Republicans, even those on the fringe, recognize the impeachment debate is one they can’t win, and that will only hurt the party overall. Speaker John Boehner has publicly and firmly disagreed with Palin, and even Republican Pat Robertson, no moderate by any means, has acknowledged that the party really needs to clamp down on the “throw him out of office” talk.

“With the economy shrinking 3 percent in the first quarter, with Obama sinking in public approval, and with the IRS, NSA and VA scandals bubbling, why would Republicans change the subject to impeachment?” Robertson writes in his own column. “The effect would be to enrage and energize the Democratic base, bring out the African-American vote in force and cause the major media to charge the GOP with a racist scheme to discredit and destroy our first black president. If the nation is led to believe Republicans seek to gain the Senate so they can remove Barack Obama from office after a GOP-led impeachment, then Republicans are not likely to win the Senate.”

Will the pragmatic side of the GOP be able to reign in their impeachment demanding fringe? Probably. The question is, will the Tea Party come back and primary them out of office as payback?

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6:42AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Julia H: You are SOOOO Right On, It's scary !! lol!!!

6:34AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

David F.

If you weren't so darn scary due to your warped sense of reality, you would be really funny due to your warped sense of reality.

People who think like you do scare me because you are so off base that it is apparent you are not able to process thoughts correctly, yet, you walk among us.

2:33PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Partially true Tim W:

We all know what trickles down.

If you ever see "The name of the Rose", check out one of the opening scenes when Sean Connery's monk character gets to the monastery. The monks open the refuse door and the starving move in to eat whatever they could find.

Sean Connery to his acolyte, hung his head and said, "Another generous donation by the church to the poor"

1:45PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

The problem with trickle down policies is that they rely on the wealthy to actually allow the trickle down. There is never any policy put in place to ensure that the wealthy allows the trickle down to happen. Of course for that to happen they would have to allow regulation. They want the government to allow them to do what is right without regulation, but when the time comes they just can't let go of the money. Now we have the same people fighting Obama care because it might cost them a little more so the very people earning them money in the first place might be able to have good health care.

11:03AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

It has been proven that time and again,

trickle down (never has) doesn't work.

Recently we have the demonstration of this in Kansas and California. California raised taxes on the wealthy and their economy boomed, Kansas cut taxes on the wealthy and the economy tanked and the state government is in debt.

10:00AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Got to Ask David Frank S and the others who think that "low taxes", "low, business friendly wages" and "low regulations" will produce anything other than turning the US into Mexico

9:09AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

THe President will NOT be impeached and Boaehners lawsuit will most likely fail.
Why dodnt you pressure congress, with all this xtra energy of yours, to write bills that BOTH sides can sign so we can actually move forward David??

I am sorrry screaming lower taxes and less regulation is NOT going to fix a thing.

2:26AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Wow David F: All those petition sites, all run by the same group

Sorry but "Vox Populi" still supports the President, far more than Congress by 3 times as much

What is your best reason for impeaching the President? Oh, that's right, you don't have one. Everyone you've brought up has been shot down in flames

8:41PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

And now LOL

You are on Desolation Row, or should we call it Desperation?

You've just been called out for posting BS, and for going to factless opinion sources.

Pretending you haven't been called out for violating every behavior on the Baloney Detection Kit you now post a bouquet of petitions signed by people you rub elbows with in competition for how intellectually stupid you can be in hating someone that you'll look for and believe whatever nonsense you can find without any factual basis.

And this is all you have to defend how intellectually empty headed you are?

I'm laughing so hard I'm causing earthquakes in Oklahoma.

8:23PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

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