Megyn Kelly to Mitch McConnell: If Obama’s executive power grabs are so terrible, why not impeach him?

posted at 2:41 pm on January 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

She’s asking rhetorically, not egging him on. The obvious logistical problem, as many a Republican officeholder has noted when asked about this by an angry constituent, is that impeachment is DOA in the Senate as long as it’s controlled by Democrats. The House can force a Senate trial but what’s the use of that when we all know what the verdict will be? (For that reason, this question is better aimed at Boehner than at McConnell.) And no, retaking the Senate next year doesn’t solve the problem. You need two-thirds of the chamber to convict an impeached president; Republicans won’t be remotely close to 67 seats, no matter how big this year’s November wave is.

The political problem is that Republicans fear impeaching O would do more to hurt them than it would the president. Not only did Clinton weather the storm, so did his approval rating. If you’ve got a weak president in office like Obama who’s facing a debacle from his signature legislation between now and the next presidential election, why make any sudden moves to mess with that dynamic if you’re a Republican? They’re probably going to get a good result from SCOTUS on Obama’s NLRB power grab; if they want to push back against executive overreach, court battles might be fruitful high-publicity ways of doing it with minimal political risk — certain difficulties notwithstanding.

To solve their political problem, the GOP would have to convince a majority of the public (probably a big majority) that impeachment is warranted. But that’s the thing — even when the president’s guilty of encroaching on another branch’s powers or suspending parts of the law that are politically inconvenient to him, you’ll never find a majority of Americans willing to entertain a punishment as severe as removal from office for that. To make impeachment stick, you need to show that the president’s motives for acting were rotten and selfish, like Nixon’s; O, by contrast, always takes care to present his motives for ignoring Congress as civic-minded, something he does for the good of the people, not for himself. Tim Scott once suggested that Obama could be impeached if he tried to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally, but the public would never support that, I suspect. He’d simply say that he was driven to desperate measures to protect the country’s creditworthiness; at best you’d get a 50/50 split in public opinion on whether he should be punished, and I doubt the ratio would be even that good. Ron Paul once suggested that impeachment should be on the table for O’s drone strike on Anwar al-Awlaki, who was, after all, a U.S. citizen. O defended that by insisting he was acting to protect America from a particularly dangerous terrorist. I’d be surprised if you could get even 20 percent of the public angry enough to support impeachment over that one. A constitutionalist would wave his hand at all of the above and say that motives are irrelevant — if you violate due process or separation of powers, impeachment is an obvious remedy, however allegedly virtuous the motives. That’s what it means to follow the rule of law. How many constitutionalists are out there in the voting booth on election day, though? Fifteen percent of the electorate, maybe? Less?

Exit question: Will any big-name Republican pound the table for impeachment next year? Ted Cruz’s language about Obama’s lawlessness has been especially strong lately. He knows, of course, that the votes aren’t there in the Senate, but he knew they weren’t there for the “defund” effort either and he pushed that anyway. The key, then and now, was getting the House to act. O would survive but some conservatives would love Cruz for making the effort, which would be helpful to him when the primary campaign starts in 2015.



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Can’t help thinking about this….

Bluto: What the f&%k happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my @ss from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer…

Otter: Dead! Bluto’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture to be done on somebody’s part!

Bluto: We’re just the guys to do it!

D-Day: Yeah, I agree! Let’s go get ‘em!!

Boon: Let’s do it!!

Bluto: LET’S DO IT!!!!

rockmom on January 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Oops, not sure how that incomplete first version got submitted.

RINO in Name Only on January 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I think we’re approaching it all wrong. Look to sci-fi movies for the answer. When facing a multi-headed, multi-legged creature, start chopping off limbs until the creature is unable to attack back.

We need to go after Holder, his corrupt-o-crat enabler of treasonous activity. We have enough to pin on him to keep him testifying in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office. Keep him powerless to perform any action. Do it. Convict him. Put him in jail.

While doing that, go after Sebilius on the Obamacare trainwreck. Who pocketed $400 million for a $10 million project? Force the repayment of the money… from the contract, from the Democrats who ran the project, everybody involved. Keep her testifying in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office. Keep her powerless to perform any action. Do it. Convict her. Put her in jail.

Once the Supreme Court votes against the Labor Board “recess” appointments, unravel every decision made after the illegal appointment. Keep the illegally appointed board members (and their subordinates) in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office or every decision has been nullified. Do it. Convict them.

We should be hauling all of these corrupt snakes in front of Congress every single day, like a trial version of the filibuster. DO IT.

dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I like it!

Midas on January 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM

With some of the latest reports on fraudulent voting being vastly bigger than dreamed of, the media is finally waking to the fact that fraud is very organized and the media basically ignored the screams after the elections. The media controlled by the White House denies this to the hilt. The media will again elect the next President.

mixplix on January 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

The Congress likes what the Congress does and they are all quite content the way thing are.

mixplix on January 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

O would survive [snip]

AP, you’re not obliged to refer to it by the affectionate moniker O. 0 (zero or zer0) would be more accurate.

MisterElephant on January 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

With some of the latest reports on fraudulent voting being vastly bigger than dreamed of, the media is finally waking to the fact that fraud is very organized and the media basically ignored the screams after the elections. The media controlled by the White House denies this to the hilt. The media will again elect the next President.

mixplix on January 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Meet the Press should be beat the press…

harlekwin15 on January 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

even when the president’s guilty of encroaching on another branch’s powers or suspending parts of the law that are politically inconvenient to him, you’ll never find a majority of Americans willing to entertain a punishment as severe as removal from office for that.

Not *now*. But, there was a day when this would have happened already. That day is long past. LIB.

GWB on January 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The GOP donor class is almost as great an enemy of the American middle class as the far left.

When push comes to shove and it affects their bottom line, the Koch Brothers will side with George Soros before they will side with the “unwashed masses.”

bw222 on January 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

.
Let go of the Soros/Koch Brothers construct as “the enemy”.

This is far more widespread than any one PAC or ideology.

If FASB rule 157 were put back into effect tonight at midnight …

90% of publicly held companies would be bankrupt tomorrow morning when the opened for business.

The New Big Lie™ of American politics is all of those businesses having “gone along to get along” since 2009 using the same deceptive methods the Too Big Too Jail banks initiated.

Any firm that didn’t cook its books was going to look VERY bad compared to their competition. Driven out of business bad.

Why aren’t there any jobs?

Because hiring employees incurs REAL costs that are difficult to offset with Fairy Tale Accounting. Costs like FICA taxes, overhead costs (i.e. floor space & tools to use) and benefits.

Boehner, Ryan, Cantor et al know the destructive reality of NOT going along with the New Big Lie™ …

… if we stop PRETENDING everything is OK – it will ALL fall apart in a matter of days and we will be in a worse place than we were when Bernanke kicked it off in March 2009 with QE1.

Of course, even if we don’t stop PRETENDING … we are not very far from the point when something will force REALITY back on us.

PolAgnostic on January 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Why? Like that is a mystery. Because he is “historic”! And I am sure that is racist.

pgrossjr on January 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Obama is the gift that keeps on giving, and the Republicans simply have no idea of how to take advantage of that. In fact, they may not have noticed.

PersonFromPorlock on January 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Can’t help thinking about this….

Bluto: What the f&%k happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my @ss from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer…

Otter: Dead! Bluto’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture to be done on somebody’s part!

Bluto: We’re just the guys to do it!

D-Day: Yeah, I agree! Let’s go get ‘em!!

Boon: Let’s do it!!

Bluto: LET’S DO IT!!!!

That was some great dialogue but I think the best line was by Bluto when he said:

“Did we give up when the German’s attacked Pearl Harbor”

Brown James on January 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I think we’re approaching it all wrong. Look to sci-fi movies for the answer. When facing a multi-headed, multi-legged creature, start chopping off limbs until the creature is unable to attack back.

We need to go after Holder, his corrupt-o-crat enabler of treasonous activity. We have enough to pin on him to keep him testifying in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office. Keep him powerless to perform any action. Do it. Convict him. Put him in jail.

While doing that, go after Sebilius on the Obamacare trainwreck. Who pocketed $400 million for a $10 million project? Force the repayment of the money… from the contract, from the Democrats who ran the project, everybody involved. Keep her testifying in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office. Keep her powerless to perform any action. Do it. Convict her. Put her in jail.

Once the Supreme Court votes against the Labor Board “recess” appointments, unravel every decision made after the illegal appointment. Keep the illegally appointed board members (and their subordinates) in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office or every decision has been nullified. Do it. Convict them.

We should be hauling all of these corrupt snakes in front of Congress every single day, like a trial version of the filibuster. DO IT.

dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Lol. Best of luck with that bud!

loveofcountry on January 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

We need to go after Holder

BO would just wave his EO pen and Holder would be immune from congress.

While doing that, go after Sebilius

Might work. She is kind of the face of failure for BO so he may throw her under if it worked in his favor. Otherwise see above.

Once the Supreme Court votes against the Labor Board “recess” appointments,

I don’t think that is going to happen

unravel every decision made after the illegal appointment.

because of this and the mess it would cause.

Keep the illegally appointed board members (and their subordinates) in Congress every single day until Obama leaves office or every decision has been nullified. Do it. Convict them.

Will not happen because everyone would be screaming obstruction of the government 24/7. It would be the spiteful repubs causing the gov to run poorly by throwing a wrench into the works.

We should be hauling all of these corrupt snakes in front of Congress every single day, like a trial version of the filibuster. DO IT.

dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Yes we should but anything like that reflects badly on the historic first Nobel prize winning black POTUS and we just can’t allow that to happen.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Obama is the gift that keeps on giving, and the Republicans simply have no idea of how to take advantage of that. In fact, they may not have noticed.

PersonFromPorlock on January 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

They notice but their hands are tied. Do what is right and plunge the country into a bloody race war or wait it out and hope the nightmare will end in 2016. BO and his lackeys are untouchable and that is just the way it is. Heck, a repub adviser to the VP went to jail for pretty much lying to a reporter. Yet we have an AG and former SS with blood on their hands living the high life. Not to mention the current SS that may have committed treason. Dems do little wrong. Black dem presidents do no wrong and by default neither does their admin.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM

He had a bad year last year, he’ll probably have a worse year this year, and in terms of success in 2016 nothing helps us more than a weakened Obama still in office, still on the golf course.

And don’t forget this: Biden.

Jocon307 on January 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Didn’t you hear? Per a senior House aide there will be no immigration “reform” in 2014 (of course, the Dog-guy will pen even more exemptions to the rule of law.) They’re saving THAT fight for the run-up to 2016, Kill to the resQ!

Exactly. They much prefer to go on television and beat their chests so their constituents will think they are fighting the good fight.

KickandSwimMom on January 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Exactly why I printed out the form to change political affiliation just today. No longer will I be in ‘sync’ with ANY politician. Those days are gone. I don’t care if I can’t vote in a primary.

The problem is that it is entirely possible for a mentally-unbalanced individual to become POTUS, …

clear ether

eon

eon on January 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Actually, the “problem” is that we HAVE political elites.

Same stands for ‘corporate elites’ bedding those political elites, along with the media elites.

That’s the problem, at least from where I sit. All ‘in bed’ with one another for greed; greed of power and money.

I remember, a while back, some blogger (don’t recall who) suggested that the occupy folks and tp folks had more in common than they realized, most gasped at the thought. I’m now wondering if that’s an avenue to be explored.

In any event, I need to get to my kitchen; hubby will be home soon, and, perfect time for me to think on this some more.

G’night all.

jersey taxpayer on January 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

We need to go after Holder, his corrupt-o-crat enabler of treasonous activity.
dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Who is “we”? The oleaginous GOP Congress? They tried “going after” him. No one in the Republican is either capable or willing to “go after” anybody in this administration.

rrpjr on January 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Much more attainable to have a veto proof majority in the house and senate and then render him irrelevant.

kurtzz3 on January 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

How does 10 years of President Joe Biden strike you?

bophame on January 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM

You said basically what I was going to say.
It wouldn’t matter if they did have the votes in the Senate to impeach. Can you imagine what would happen if the Republicans moved to do that? The MSM would immediately go into racism-propaganda mode, with the dems working with them to make it a race issue and stir up the masses. Major riots, major unrest, and guess who the msm would be reporting as the cause?! Hint: It wouldn’t be the lawless, lying, tyrant(s) in the White House.

Sterling Holobyte on January 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

How does 10 years of President Joe Biden strike you?

bophame on January 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I don’t much like it, but the upside is that it ensures we never hear the phrase President Hillary Clinton.

Bitter Clinger on January 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Hey, Allah: DEFUND, DEFUND, DEFUND. All without quotes. It’s okay.

cdog0613 on January 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Megan’s plan sounds like a good one. Let’s get on with it, you Republican wimps!

BetseyRoss on January 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

BIG American businesses also LOVE the death of “mark to market” accounting that occurred with the suspension of FASB rule 157 for asset valuation in 2009. This allows the Too Big Too Jail banks to pretend they are solvent by valuing their millions of foreclosed homes at whatever price they wish to declare.

It ALSO allows every other BIG American business to do the exact same thing with regard to the assets they own.

They are all Enrons now.

“snip”

PolAgnostic on January 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Wow, I didn’t realize MTM was “suspended”. Yeah, total house of cards now.

Who is John Galt on January 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Exit question: Will any big-name Republican pound the table for impeachment next year?

Nope. For all of the good reasons AP has listed. But talk of impeachment should be loud and frequent and should be framed in political terms: yes, impeachment of a lawless, corrupt scumbag like Obama is absolutely warranted, and no, not a single Democrat will support the constitution over partisanship.

GOPers should be saying “You there, White House press corps…go and ambush-interview every Senate Democrat and demand to know if they will support impeaching this craven lawbreaker or defy the constitution for partisanship.” That would be fun.

Jaibones on January 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

That’s a disingenuous question. She surely knows that without 2/3 of the Senate voting to convict, it’s a waste of time. Blame the Constitution for providing a political remedy for criminal behavior.

flataffect on January 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Does anyone with half of a brain ever think that the first Black president would be impeached? Never in a million years

He’s being propped because of skin color

Yeah the media is liberal, but never to the extent that we have seen since Obama jumped on the national stage

Have to tough out the next 3 years and hope Hillary isn’t deemed in 2016…goose is already cooked, so I’m not it matters at this point

Redford on January 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

It’s as if she is reading my mind…

KMC1 on January 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

WTH ever happened to doing what is right?

Not doing what is easy, not clinging on to the tattered shreds of political power. Simply doing what is right, and what is your damned job.

Also, it is completely irrelevant whether you ‘think’ he will be impeached, or whether we have the votes, or whether you think the Clinton impeachment had no consequences for Clinton. You don’t know, you can’t predict the future, and the impeachment of Clinton was the right thing to do.

Either you as a congressman are a check on the executive branch or you are not, and you haven’t the stomach for the job.

Vanbasten on January 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

This turtle-headed RINO is the most disgusting so-called politician in Washington. After spending 6 years under Harry Reid’s desk he has suddenly popped out and lurching right. It should the the goal of everyone who calls himself a conservative to rid the GOP of this malignancy.

I will vote for a democrat before I vote for one of these Obama window licking disasters. They are doing more harm on the sly than a freshman liberal could do in a hundred years..

conservativeBC on January 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

With some of the latest reports on fraudulent voting being vastly bigger than dreamed of, the media is finally waking to the fact that fraud is very organized and the media basically ignored the screams after the elections. The media controlled by the White House denies this to the hilt. The media will again elect the next President.

mixplix on January 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Yes. And what are we doing about it? Are we keeping our money in our pocket and not contributing to the liberal media and their causes? This would mean being careful about things like movies and TV (cable, HBO, etc).

Are we turning the channel and not buying from companies that support liberal media?

Are we supporting conservative media?

It never fails to amaze me when supposed “conservatives” whine about this yet dutifully pay for HBO and watch crud like Daily Show and Saturday Night Live.

kim roy on January 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

It never fails to amaze me when supposed “conservatives” whine about this yet dutifully pay for HBO and watch crud like Daily Show and Saturday Night Live.

kim roy on January 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

As for my and my house (hehe), we cancelled all of the movie stuff, and *all* but local channels long ago.

And we don’t watch those, it’s just part of the package that comes with internet service.

Midas on January 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

No, impeachment is not a consideration. Because everyone in Washington knows that the entirety of the Dims in the Senate, and a good number of progressive Repukes as well, will block any attempt at impeachment.

They know it, Obamism knows it, you know it and I know it.

Obamism could sell off the whole of America to the Iranians, he could go on a war memorial shooting spree, he could burn down the White House and nuke Congress, and they would STILL not consider impeachment.

They could find out, beyond any doubt whatsoever, that he IS Lucifer himself, and they would STILL not consider impeachment.

Did I make my point clear enough?

The Repukes, at least a good number of them, are just as big of a problem for the nation and for Americans as the Obamism and the DimocRats.

Meople on January 14, 2014 at 11:16 PM

…It never fails to amaze me when supposed “conservatives” whine about this yet dutifully pay for HBO and watch crud like Daily Show and Saturday Night Live.

kim roy on January 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

I haven’t ever watched the Daily Show, haven’t seen SNL since I’ve been old enough to tie my own shoes, and basically any channel or network that’s not conservative enough in my book is blocked in my home.

Gotta love parental controls. They also work to block dumbsh!t leftist programming as well. And I don’t even have kids, I just block them so that anyone that stays at my house, can’t watch them either.

Meople on January 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I say the House should bring the charges and send the trial to the Senate where it will be televised for all Americans to see and hear the evidence presented. If the Senate acquits Obama so be it but the truth will be out!

Delsa on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Impeachment was warranted a long time ago. Congress simply has no spine.

zoyclem on January 15, 2014 at 7:23 AM

The difference between the Republicans during the Clinton Administration and the Republicans now in the Obama administration?

The Republicans in the Clinton Administration saw a President who broke the law, who trampled the Constitution, and recognized and adhered to their sworn oaths to defend and protect the Constitution and rule of law. They did not ‘bean count’ and come to the conclussion that since they probably would not get the necessary 2/3rds majority to remove Bill Clinton from office, remaining loyal to that oath, protecting and defending the Constitution and our laws – protecting Americans’ rights, was just not worth their effort.

Today’s Republicans have witnessed this President commit TREASON by aiding the very same terrorists who perpetrated 9/11/01 take over Libya. They witnessed how he then hired that same group to ‘protect’ Americans there and did nothing to garner attention there, eventually abandoning those Americans to die, to secretly continue to run weapons to Islamic Extremists in Syria…4 Americans dead and no accountability.

They uncovered his program of running weapons to Mexican Drug Cartells, watched the US Attorney General perpetrate 3 felony counts of perjury, & watched Obama refuse to hold him accountable…300 dead and no accountability. They discovered he used the IRS to target his political enemies – Americans – who would make getting re-elected difficult, watched administration personnel/hirees perjur themselves before Congress, saw Obama put one of his own donors in charge of investigating this crime, and just announced there will be no criminal charges filed against anyone in this crime against the American people by this 3rd-world bannanna republic administration dictatorship…no accountability.

They watched the DOJ spy on the media, watched the NSA spy on Americans, watched Obama help the Muslim Brotherhood take over our ally Egypt, watched Obama violate the Constitution over 2,500 times by by-passing Congress to make continuous changes to his Obamacare law.

The biggest difference is this Congress believes adhering to their oaths, making an effort to Impeach Obama for his dictatorial assault against the Constitution, this country, & Americans is NOT worth their effort because they probably won’t completely succeed and may put their own jobs in jeaopardy if they do. They believe THEIR OWN JOBS are more important than the Constitution, this nation, and the welfare & rights of Americans!

easyt65 on January 15, 2014 at 8:05 AM

If you’ve got a weak president in office like Obama who’s facing a debacle from his signature legislation between now and the next presidential election, why make any sudden moves to mess with that dynamic if you’re a Republican?

Because not everything is supposed to be viewed through a political lens. Members of Congress take an oath to uphold the Constitution. That oath does not say “unless it’s not politically advantageous to do so.”

We have a lawless president who is violating his oath of office, and ignoring the Constitution, at virtually every turn. Members of the House of Representatives have a sworn duty to do everything in their power to stop him. Removal from office may not be possible in the Senate, but impeachment in the House is still the right thing to do, and might just draw more attention to what it is this man is doing. This isn’t lying under oath about sex in the Oval Office. This is subverting the Constitution on a daily basis and rewriting laws left and right to suit personal whims. I think the American people can make the distinction.

Yes, we should continue to use the courts as we can to reign in this president. But that is secondary to the Congress’ sworn duty, and they have an obligation to act, even if it is politically damaging to do so.

Shump on January 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

McConnell is no better than Obama

georgealbert on January 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Zero will over reach and they will work up the spine to impeach him, but by then he will have the IRS and the DOJ imprison them.

If you don’t think this is likely, you’re not paying attention.

dogsoldier on January 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Megyn Kelly to Mitch McConnell: If Obama’s executive power grabs are so terrible, why not impeach him?

The answer that McConnell should have given was:

“The democrats have placed their political party above the rule of law.”

This is the simple, unfiltered truth.

Freddy on January 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

The House can force a Senate trial but what’s the use of that when we all know what the verdict will be?

It’s very simple: You impeach him or else you set a precedent for unimpeachable offenses. If the next Democrat president is only half as scandalous but you have the numbers to impeach and convict, then it would be a misuse of political power by the Republicans, but it won’t get that far because you already set a precedent. If you impeach and fail to convict, then they know damn well you’ll impeach for the same thing when you have the numbers and it influences behavior. Makes those people less criminal. It is the basic purpose for laws.

Buddahpundit on January 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

dominigan on January 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Agree. Go after the small-fry first – let them know that its not fun to break the law. Soon enough they turn to point their finger at the boss. When things start to look untenable, the regime collapses under its own weight.

Nobody expects the Senate to impeach Obama. Clinton did truly extraordinary things to let it get that far. Remember, Nixon just stepped down. It’s not politically necesary to impeach him. You just undermine his slimey layer of corrupt lackeys with indictments and plea-bargains.

virgo on January 15, 2014 at 11:47 PM

The god-king will never be convicted in the Senate and the House is wise to not impeach.

Meremortal on January 16, 2014 at 1:48 AM

There is no question as to what Obama is. He makes himself clearer and clearer every time he talks—and he hides it less and less. The only question is what is to be done about it.

ModernConservative on January 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Nothing makes a RINO wet his pants faster than the word “impeachment”.

Mahdi on January 16, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The biggest difference is this Congress believes adhering to their oaths, making an effort to Impeach Obama for his dictatorial assault against the Constitution, this country, & Americans is NOT worth their effort because they probably won’t completely succeed and may put their own jobs in jeaopardy if they do. They believe THEIR OWN JOBS are more important than the Constitution, this nation, and the welfare & rights of Americans!
easyt65 on January 15, 2014 at 8:05 AM

THIS!

It’s very simple: You impeach him or else you set a precedent for unimpeachable offenses. If the next Democrat president is only half as scandalous but you have the numbers to impeach and convict, then it would be a misuse of political power by the Republicans, but it won’t get that far because you already set a precedent. If you impeach and fail to convict, then they know damn well you’ll impeach for the same thing when you have the numbers and it influences behavior. Makes those people less criminal. It is the basic purpose for laws.
Buddahpundit on January 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

and THIS!

TXJenny on January 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

The fact is, the GOP establishment has no faith in “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” They don’t care that by forswearing their oath of office and forsaking their duty they are undermining the rule of law–that ONE thing that separates a Republic from all other forms of government. They hate the idea that it is their sworn duty to do what is right and leave the rest to God, because they have an inkling that God’s answer, in part, is to probably draw some of their political careers to a close. Mitch McConnell worries about it, and yet he has spent over a decade in some political office or other.

The GOP establishment has no use for God–for Truth, Justice, and Liberty. They are embarrassed any time a colleague expresses faith in Him, and they spit upon those that defend God’s gift of life. They abandoned Alan Keyes for stating truth, and Obama took the IL senate seat. They abandoned Sharron Angle for speaking out against the murder of the unborn even in the GOPe’s sacrosanct exceptions of rape and incest. They abandoned Todd Akin for doing the same and for challenging the Left’s superstitions (which they call “science”). They refuse to defend laws that are right and just, such as the Texas sodomy laws, which John Cornyn as TX AG let pass away from some personal feeling that sodomy laws were outdated (and yet look where the undermining of those laws have taken us…bounds and leaps closer to the state of debauchery that brought down the Roman Republic).

The Republicans in office took an oath. If they are unwilling to keep it, then they need to seek a different line of work.

TXJenny on January 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

TXJenny on January 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Mitch McConnell worries about it, and yet he has spent over a decade in some political office or other.

That should have read “and yet he has spent over half a century in some political office or other.”

TXJenny on January 17, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Posting this rather late. No one will read it and in the immortal words of Hilary, “ At this time what difference dose it make”.
1. What a defeatist attitude.
2. How dose he know what the Democrats in the Senate will do. Many are seeing their loss in the Senate and may just through Obama under the bus to save themselves.
3. Impeachment is only one of several ways to remove the President from power. Dose Megan Kelly not know this?
4. Why are none of the other options for neutralizing being considered.
5. Even if the trial would be DOA in the Senate, would it not be important to tell the world that we don’t like him either.

jpcpt03 on January 18, 2014 at 11:36 PM

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