Suddenly, as if they realize the president’s crimes against liberty have become too well known, the media have exploded with reports of Obama’s impending impeachment. The Daily Caller has a piece stating, “Liberals Worry GOP Will Attempt to Impeach Obama.” The Christian Science Monitor asks, “Will Republicans Now Impeach Obama? (Is That a Serious Question?)” Last month, Jonathan Chait of The New Republic has written, “If Republicans win and maintain control of the House of Representatives, they are going to impeach President Obama.” On Thursday, Politico’s Josh Gerstein sent the White House a message in an article entitled, “Memo to Obama: Lawyer Up.” (The Washington Times responded with the editorial: “Memo to Obama: Don’t Lawyer Up”; George Soros’ boys at Media Matters objected only to the Times.) The Wall Street Journal piled on with a blog entry advising, “Lawyer Up, Mr. President, Here Come the Subpoenas.”
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The Hill newspaper reports that the GOP is likely to tell the Obama administration not to shred any documents, which it will subpoena next year.
The undisputed leader of the conservative movement, Rush Limbaugh, is cheering the development. On his radio program on Friday, Rush said, “Subpoena power – that’s where Republicans have a goldmine.” International evangelist and WorldNetDaily commentator Hal Lindsey dedicated the headlines on Thursday to whether Obama would be impeached.
Liberals are predictably apoplectic over the possibility. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, who has spent his envious life imitating Rush or savaging him, warned, “House Republicans… might go so far as to try to impeach President Obama.” Earlier this week, Sgt. Schultz demanded the incoming Republican leadership foreswear any attempt at impeachment:
Four years ago, in the midst of an avalanche of criticism of the Bush administration, Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table. I want to ask Mr. Boehner tonight, are you going to take impeachment off the table? Or are we going to go down this road of divide, are we going to go down this road of investigations?
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After facing criticism, Schultz said he got he first learned of the possibility from longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC, who warned the Republican Congress would investigate Barack Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility.
The media are busy reassuring themselves that, not only will Barack Obama not be impeached, but he will coast to re-election in 2012. Journalists inform their readers that political scientists agree impeachment is not coming. The oft-quoted Larry Sabato called the idea “ridiculous,” adding it “would backfire badly, just as it did in 1998.” John Hart, professor of communication at Hawaii Pacific University, derided such talk as a “kind of flight of fancy.”
Some Republicans, too, have sought to ingratiate themselves with the media and the liberals (but then I repeat myself). House Minority Leader John Boehner has told The Daily Caller, “We have no plans to [impeach] the president.” Rep. Darrell Issa, while signaling he will press forward with the investigations he has already launched, has stated there is “not a chance at this point” he would impeach the president. Issa has gone far enough to say, “My job is to make the president a success.”
But not everyone is on the same page. Congressman Lamar Smith will hold one of the chief investigative chairmanships in the House, made no effort to reassure jittery journalists in his home state of Texas:
One thing that Democrats openly expressed their concern about is the ability of Republicans like Smith, chairmen of key House committees, to use the Majority’s subpoena power to compel testimony on a whole host of issues. Smith says their concerns were justified.
Rep. Lamar Smith, the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told 1200 WOAI: “There are going to be a number of investigations or oversight committee actions, trying to get to the facts,” he promised.
On the contrary, Smith said, he is going to hold the administration accountable. “Right now, because of the one party monopoly, the administration has been able to dodge any kind of supervision, any kind of oversight committee action, and they refuse to testify, and that is no longer acceptable,” he said.
Smith wrote in an e-mail to Politico: “Oversight is not a game of cat and mouse between Congress and the White House as the media often paints it. Oversight is the legitimate and necessary work of Congress to improve the operation and function of the executive branch and ensure that federal agencies are operating in the best interests of the American people.”
The media have observed Smith is from southern Texas and may investigate the Obama administration over a host of issues, including its dismissal of the Black Panther voter intimidation case and its refusal to secure the border. Smith’s comments seemed to allude to this: “I am committed to working with the Justice Department to ensure that our laws are equally enforced, criminals are prosecuted, and American communities are kept safe.”
Smith’s words, or a guilty conscience, seem to have gotten the best of House Democrats. They have responded by calling on the Republican Party to unimpeach President Clinton. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-PA, says he will introduce a resolution on November 15, the first day of the lame duck session, to “disavow” the Clinton impeachment. This, he says, will help the parties “enter a period in which bipartisanship will be a major priority for the Congress.”
Given the increasing number of Democrats who want Obama removed from their party’s leadership, impeachment might secretly be a bipartisan desire.
Of course, the Democrats are unlikely to remove Obama from his post, as much as they understand he is an arrogant, electoral albatross. Despite his evident guilt, they circled the wagons around Bill Clinton. But Barack Obama is not Bill Clinton; his crimes are more flagrant and fundamental. And although he remains personally popular with some segments of society, his numbers are slipping by the day. Impeachment was a political loser against Bill Clinton, because he was popular; it may be a winner against Obama, because he is increasingly seen as a pariah.
With all this concern about impeachment sounding on the Left, it begs the question: Do they know something?
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