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.”
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.”
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