Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Democrats' Impeachment Strategy

So, here is the Democrats’ new strategy. Gin up impeachment talk in order to garner sympathy for the president and raise a lot of money. It may be the first time in history that a political party is actually fanning the flames of impeachment for one of their own.

Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President of the United States, floated the idea out to reporters recently at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. He hinted that Obama might go outside the law and the Constitution and grant illegals amnesty by executive order and warned that such action would draw impeachment from Republicans.

In fact, President Obama seems to be daring the Republicans to impeach him. His numerous illegal delays on Obamacare, his blatant refusal to enforce immigration laws, not to mention deliberately selling guns to drug cartels in the
Fast and Furious scandal, demonstrate his contempt for the limits of his office. He routinely goes around — or over — congress when he doesn’t get his way, demonstrated by his famous “I’ve got a pen” remark.

He knows, however, that impeachment, as the power structure is currently aligned, is impossible. First of all, John Boehner doesn’t have the guts to launch impeachment charges. Second, it doesn’t matter if Obama held up a bank, Harry Reid’s senate would never vote to convict. That’s the sad reality of the Democrat Party. They circle the wagons when one of their own is under attack, even if they’re guilty.

Remember Watergate? Remember “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Those were Republicans asking the tough questions of a Republican president. Sen. Barry Goldwater marched a contingent of Republicans down Pennsylvania Avenue, not to stand behind the president, as the Democrats did Clinton, but to demand that Richard Nixon resign. It was Republicans who put aside petty politics and did the right thing.

Today’s Democrats are incapable of such conduct. No matter what one of their own does, they call it a witch hunt. The only time in recent memory where Democrats have gone after one of their own was the ethics trial of Congressman Charlie Rangel in 2010. Democrats voted with Republicans to convict Rangel of 11 ethics charges. Still, the Democrat leadership did not insist that Rangel resign and the idiots who reside in his district recently voted to return him to congress for a 23rd term. They get the representation they deserve.

Perhaps the same can be said of the country at large. It’s not like no one knew what they were getting with Barack Obama after the first term. People just weren’t paying attention. Now they have voter’s remorse. A recent poll showed that if the 2012 election were held today, Mitt Romney would win by 9 points. It’s too late for a do-over. 

The Democrats are making bank on impeachment talk. Big donors are ponying up big bucks any time folks like Dan Pfieffer even hint the Republicans might be ready to impeach, which has led the White House to believe the more they can push the issue the better off they are. They believe the more the president ignores the law and the Constitution the more money they can raise. They may have made a gross miscalculation.

If Obama does, in fact, sign blanket amnesty, as Pfieffer has suggested, there’s no doubt that would be an impeachable offense. If the act so angers voters that Republicans take the senate then Obama’s buffer between him and impeachment is gone. If the Republicans take control of both houses of congress the Democrats better be careful what they wish for.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.

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