If you ask Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) why Congress hasn’t impeached President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder it’s because Republicans simply lack to the votes. If they had the votes, Akin told constituents at an event held by the Boone County Pachyderms, they would.
Talking Points Memo has video of the exchange where the congressman here.
Akin makes it clear that for him impeachment is a matter of strategy and that strategy may include ignoring the fact that articles of impeachment would never clear the Senate but moving forward in the House anyways. From TPM:
“I think some of the thought was, he’s coming up at this point for election and the best way to impeach him is the ballot box,” Akin said. “So I think that’s the thought, because you’re never going to get something through the Senate. That doesn’t mean that at a certain point you just say enough, I don’t care enough about the Senate, duty calls us to just get up and just impeach this guy. And maybe he’s not quite gotten to the point where you’ve got the Republicans — basically all the Republican bloc is not quite mad enough for that.”
Akin eventually comes around to the idea that the best way to remove the president from office is through a democratic election, but not without making his point that the president remains a “complete menace to our civilization.”
Impeachment is not something the Republican establishment discusses eagerly or in public, and so far the rest of the party hasn’t rushed out to endorse Akin here. But if Akin is willing to let his guard down and admit publicly the House should initiate impeachment regardless, did he inadvertently just give us a peek into what happens if President Obama is elected to a second term and the GOP keeps the House?
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