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Missouri Rep: Impeaching Obama A Matter Of Votes

Missouri Rep: Impeaching Obama A Matter Of Votes

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:

ďI think some of the thought was, heís coming up at this point for election and the best way to impeach him is the ballot box,Ē Akin said. ďSo I think thatís the thought, because youíre never going to get something through the Senate. That doesnít mean that at a certain point you just say enough, I donít care enough about the Senate, duty calls us to just get up and just impeach this guy. And maybe heís not quite gotten to the point where youíve got the Republicans ó basically all the Republican bloc is not quite mad enough for that.Ē

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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11:17AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

This is the same guy that thinks women can't get pregnant from rape.

I'd like to think the people that voted for him are ashamed, but I think their Alternate Reality googles are locked in place; they choose to believe the President has committed un-named and un-noticed crimes sufficient to be Impeached, and many of them have come out in support of Todd Akin, reinforcing his lie that rape victims don't get pregnant.

5:22AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Impeach ALL Repugs!!!!

10:21AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

If anyone should have been impeached it was Bush/Cheney. They are the ones who bear a great responsibility for the financial mess we're in. These nuts needs to study how our country is supposed to work.

10:21PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

We need to impeach the whole group, take away those cushy life time benefits, and oh I don't know, lets take some of the greed out..

2:56PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

The far right Republicans both in Congress and state governments are the ones who should be impeached for their subversive agenda.

Re: The issue of Barack Obama using the name of Barry Soetoro and his giving up US citizenship. Blatently false and started as a hoax.

See: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/occidental.asp

Said to be a hoax but probably started by a Republican as part of their usual bag of dirty tricks. People, research allegations before believing them. Especially research backgrounds on candidates through indepndent sites before voting for them. And get over your single issues and vote for those who have the interests and well being of the 99%. Large corporations have only their profits in mind and do not care about the people or environment.

The Republican Party as well as those who go along with them are the menace to society. Vote them out.

11:39PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Another myopic Republican...making America go reverse.

11:02PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

The Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney introduced by Kucinch, were valid. What, pray tell, has President Obama done that is impeachable? Poor, poor repub party is withering away, grasping at straws.

10:36PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

The name is Soetoro, Mary, not Santoro. Your hysteria might be more convincing if you had a grasp of basic facts. Not likely, but at least you wouldn't come off like a complete moron.

5:14PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Well, well well, I can easily see NONE of you know or understand what the NDAA, The Patriot Act, or The National Preparedness Executive Order are about! RESEARCH them and YOU will see what impeachable act Barry Santoro, AKA Obama has committed! Not to mention he says he has the RIGHT to kill Americans on American soil! WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICANS! Keeping your head in the sand will only get your ass blown off!

6:46AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Ridiculous !

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