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The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

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The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

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WASHINGTON — If you attack the president repeatedly for lawbreaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

There is a reason why impeachment is a big deal in Washington this week. It’s not just because a call to defend President Obama motivates the Democrats’ base, although it surely does. John Boehner is having trouble countering fears that House Republicans will eventually try to oust the president because the Speaker’s colleagues have spent years tossing around impeachment threats as a matter of routine.

At issue are not merely the open demands for throwing Obama out from Sarah Palin, Rep. Steve Stockman and many others on the right wing. The deeper problem lies in the proliferation of loose impeachment talk linked with one overheated anti-Obama charge after another.

As far back as May 2010, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said the allegation that the White House had offered former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) a job so he wouldn’t oppose Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican turned Democrat, “is in fact a crime, and could be impeachable.” (Sestak beat Specter in a primary, and then lost to Republican Pat Toomey.)

During a hearing on Operation Fast and Furious in December 2011, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) accused the Justice Department of withholding information and said that “if we don’t get to the bottom of this,” Congress might have to resort to the “only one alternative” it had, “and it is called impeachment.” In this case, involving a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sting operation that went wrong, the impeachment threat was directed at Attorney General Eric Holder. Indeed, 20 House Republicans filed to impeach Holder.

In May 2013, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) said that because of allegations of a White House Benghazi coverup, “people may be starting to use the I-word before too long” about Obama. Also in 2013, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) said it would be his “dream come true” to author Articles of Impeachment against the president, while Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said the nation was “perilously close” to circumstances that might require impeachment.

Only space limitations prevent me from multiplying such examples.

Boehner claims that “this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill … trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election.”

But if impeachment is a sudden Democratic invention, why did The New York Times‘ Jennifer Steinhauer write a detailed news story in August 2013 under the headline: “Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama”? Why did my Washington Post colleague Dana Milbank publish an equally fact-rich column in December 2013 titled: “Republicans see one remedy for Obama — impeachment”?

Boehner’s other difficulty is that in defending his lawsuit against Obama that he brought to the House floor on Wednesday, the Speaker has used arguments that could as easily be invoked to justify impeachment.

“In the end, the Constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws,” Boehner wrote on CNN’s website in early July. “And, in my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws when it comes to a range of issues, including his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education. There must be accountability.”

So what will Boehner do on behalf of “accountability” if the suit fails? Is it any surprise that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), pressed on Sunday by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, declined to rule out impeachment?

Yes, Democrats are happy to use the danger that the House will go there by way of dramatizing the GOP’s refusal to work with Obama on issue after issue and the right wing’s open hatred for a president they cast simultaneously as a power-hungry lawbreaker and a weak steward of the nation’s interests. But the underlying cause is a breakdown among conservatives of the norms and habits that governing requires in a system of separated powers.

The last time the country re-elected a Democratic president, House Republicans impeached him despite strong public opposition. With many in the ranks already clamoring for a replay of those glory days, it’s fair to wonder if Boehner will hold fast and resist the impeachment crowd this time. His record in facing down his right wing is not encouraging.

E.J. Dionne’s email address is ejdionne@washpost.com. Twitter: @EJDionne.

Photo: Speaker Boehner via Flickr

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E. J. Dionne

Besides contributing to The National Memo, E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2013).

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  1. Independent1 July 31, 2014

    And the children in Congress just keep on playing their juvenile games. When, if ever, will they grow up and act like adults?

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    1. Dominick Vila July 31, 2014

      Oh, they are acting like adults, the problem is that they are acting like scumbag adults, throwing tantrums and doing whatever it takes to get even when things don’t go their way. Whether or not they succeed is ultimately up to us, the people.

      1. sleepvark July 31, 2014

        But the president has always been guilty of the worst possible offence. He is black, and the tea naggers just can’t abide that one little fact/offence

        1. Dominick Vila July 31, 2014

          That is part of it for some, but not for all. Clinton was lilly white and they went after him with a vengeance.

          1. ralphkr July 31, 2014

            But, Dominick, Clinton was deemed our first BLACK president while Obama is only half black.

        2. game50 July 31, 2014

          He Barry Soetoro a.ka. O Bomb Us..is HALF. WHITE..look at his Mother. Stop the race card B.S..
          He is Fu_king up America and that is the main reason the S.O.B. should be IMPEACH FOR HIGH TREASON . He is ILLEGAL/ A MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD who HATES AMERICA AND AMERICAN and what the U.S.A. stand for..Freedom and rights. He wants to Control of us no matter how that looks and how he gets it…
          Enough for his B.S…there are laws to be follow..not made up has he feels like it to get his way.

          1. ESG July 31, 2014

            Learn how to spell and use some intellectual powers to make your decisions then you will come up with a different take. You must listen to hate radio and never to anyone else because afterall there are two sides to this story.

          2. game50 July 31, 2014

            Imprint & ESG..The ultimate ignorance is, the rejection of something you know nothing about and Refuse to Investigate..Dr Wayne Dyer

          3. iowasteve July 31, 2014

            You have investigated NOTHING that you just spewed previously – this is why they are against you. You can’t see this? You’re investigation was sitting on your ass listening to other haters and ignorant spewing the same thing on the radio or on that ALWAYS BIASED Fox News. Fox has not semblance to fair and balanced anything – especially news. One more thing – you have to be a news station before you can claim you are reporting news in the first place and by Fox’s own admission they are not a news network. Or at least when they were being investigated for bold faced lies to their viewers, that was the reason they were allowed to lie – because they are there for entertainment – not news. Funny – better news on a comedy network. But everything you said about Obama in your original post was a lie and has no factual value – unless you can produce something factual to prove you are right. Can’t be done though – sorry.

          4. game50 July 31, 2014

            IowaSteve: You’re so color blind that you cann’t or won’t see the truth, even if it hit you up side your head.

          5. iowasteve July 31, 2014

            What color am I blinded to? Black? I surely hope so, and yellow and red too, since you obviously are talking about race here. You just proved the point we have all been making about your kind.

          6. esg July 31, 2014

            So you best keep your opinions to yourself until you overcome your ignorance

          7. game50 July 31, 2014

            ESG: Once again …you should investigated what you’re talking about . Before making an Opinion..which is Not made on facts.

          8. jmprint August 1, 2014

            game 50 what you don’t understand is that we have investigated, and just like ALL the the scam BS that came out of your mouth, the conclusion is that you are FULL OF SHIT. (Treason, illegal, Muslin brotherhood and Hates America), thats just your gibberish. Maybe if you tap your red heals when you make the remarks and repeat them three times, they may become even more realistic to you.

          9. jmprint July 31, 2014

            game50 you are very, very brain washed, you have repeated the exact word used by the puppeteers all along, since day one. The DO NOTHING REPUBLICANS ARE THE PROBLEM THEY HATE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND pursue the love of money, and you are just as bad as they are, so toot your horn elsewhere, get yourself educated, or is it impossible?

          10. highpckts July 31, 2014

            Take your filth and foul, demented ravings with exactly NO facts, somewhere else! Listen to yourself! My God! You are foaming at the mouth!!

          11. sleepvark July 31, 2014

            game50, you are such an ignorant tool. How is your tenure as grand wizard of the KKK going so far?
            Half white? Okay, but that still qualifies a person for the blessings and benefits of slavery as recently as a couple of centuries ago.
            Muslim? How does that even matter, unless one is a dumb ass theocrat, totally unamerican and racist. Even if that were true, so what?
            You want to argue with our president about the law? Are you high on crack? You are completely unarmed for such a battle of wits. But go for it anyway. A lot of us love to see ignorance on such a massive scale as yours laughed at.
            You and your ilk are the ones who hate America, and all it stands for.
            Has your wife figured out what has been happening to all the sheets in your household yet?

  2. Dominick Vila July 31, 2014

    The problem for Republicans is that not a single article of impeachment has been violated.
    The Republican determination to impeach, obstruct, and make it impossible for Democratic Presidents to govern is influenced by their inability to appeal to mainstream Americans as a result of their record and lack of vision.
    They went after Clinton from the moment he was first elected, in fact, before he was elected. They used every tactic in the book, including threatening Clinton’s friends if they did not testify against him. When they identified his human weakness, they set him up by making swear under oath that he had not had an adulterous affair. I wonder what would have happened if the same tactic had been used against George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower, or JFK…
    President Obama has been under attack from the moment of his first inauguration. “Scandals” such as the DEA sting operation, the IRS, Benghazi, and now his decision to delay the implementation of a part of the Affordable Care Act, would not have elicited a commentary had such things happened when Republicans were in office. Even major scandals such as Iran-Contra, the cut and run from Lebanon, the S&L mess, out of control illegal immigration in the 80s, 9/11, 11 attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities in the W era, towing the line for Saudi Arabia, the homeland of the 9/11 planners, financiers, and terrorists; the effects of deregulation in the W era, and the near collapse of the US. economy in late 2007, were all justified with gimmicks or just by ignoring them. The fact that pathetic Democrats did not voice outrage did not help reveal the horrible consequences and false justifications used by the men responsible for those embarrassments.
    So, why is the GOP going after Barack Obama and Eric Holder besides the obvious? Because of the need to establish a parallel between their horrible record of governance and the progress made by Democrats, which range from the first budget surplus in decades, to record job creation, to desperately needed healthcare system reform, to a dramatic reduction in terrorist attacks against the USA and our interests.
    The fact that Clinton and Obama were elected and re-elected by solid majorities reinforces the determination of Republicans to destroy their record and impeding their ability to govern. In the end, it all depends on how we – the people – react to the acts of desperation shown time and again by a party that stops at nothing to impede progress, improve our standard of living, reduce inequality, and ensure ALL Americans have the same opportunities to achieve their goals.

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    1. Allan Richardson July 31, 2014

      Technically, Eisenhower could have been fired by FDR and tried in a court martial for his affair with the driver of his car. But then, we would all be speaking German (the survivors anyway).

      1. RobertCHastings July 31, 2014

        No, the Russians actually did bail us all out of WWII, even though we need to find a reason to hate them today.

      2. Dominick Vila July 31, 2014

        The same is true for Ike’s British “nurse”, Ms. Mercer, who at one point was staying in the White House while Mamie was taking care of the Angus cattle in the family ranch.

      3. latebloomingrandma August 1, 2014

        Well, FDR did have his own dalliance. Plus, he was pretty busy with other problems.

    2. rustacus21 July 31, 2014

      Beautiful take & Mr. Dionne should be commended on another superb set of conciliatory insights into the miserably failed attempts of conservatives, at elective/appointed office leadership. As stated in your comments, the ‘parallel’ establishment is essential, in order to escape their failures in performance & ideology. W/so much work to be done in rectifying the disasters wrought by conservatives policies during the 2001-2009 period & then to undermine the desperately needed recovery SINCE, is criminal in & of itself. Every American – NO – every living human should read this (http://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/11/disaster-weve-wrought-worlds-oceans-may-be-irrevocable-261551.html) & seriously consider their part in prompting immediate action – NOW, if we plan to be responsible stewards of our nations, our governments & our planet. But it’s obvious from this article that Republicans have no intentions of being part of any solutions to any challenges facing the nation or the world at large. The question to the rest of us is do we do it now while we’re able, or later because we don’t have any more choices?

      1. angelsinca August 3, 2014

        Your link to the newsweek article 404’d. Would appreciate another. Having recently gone from private healthcare to VA healthcare, I conclude we have failed not only our veterans, but the entire nation, with mindless bureaucracy, incompetence and select favoritism toward those that make excuses for failed systems.

    3. Billie July 31, 2014

      Remember when Clinton was first nominated? They started slamming Hilary immediately. They didn’t even know her but, that didn’t stop them.

      1. Dominick Vila July 31, 2014

        Have you noticed a GOP tendency to go after Democratic First Ladies? Like you said, they went after Hillary the moment Bill was elected, and they did the same with Michelle Obama.
        The only GOP First Lady that I remember the press making fun of was Nancy Reagan, because of her reliance on astrologers. I don’t recall a single criticism of either of the Bush’s wives.

        1. angelsinca August 3, 2014

          No, but I have noticed the Dem’s tendency to go after EVERYTHING Republican, including spouses, kids, family, and even the dogs. Nice job.

          1. Dominick Vila August 3, 2014

            Really? You haven’t noticed the constant attacks, criticisms, and ridicule directed at Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama? What Republican First Lady suffered similar attacks by Democrats? D

          2. angelsinca August 3, 2014

            The current criticisms of Hillary have nothing to do with her role as first lady, Dominic, as you know. Laura Bush showed respect for Americans by not forcing loser policies on children that resulted in uneaten meals and wasted food. She also didn’t scowl at the decorum and respect shown the American flag. She was also respected for not abusing the position of First Lady with ostentation and extravagant demand.

          3. Dominick Vila August 4, 2014

            The constant criticisms and insults directed at both Hillary and Michelle have nothing to do with the flag or the causes they chose to champion. Like every First Lady before them, they embraced a cause to champion. Michelle chose fighting obesity and doing whatever we can to help returning veterans. Endeavors like this may be ridiculous to those who loved solutions such as “Just Say No”, they are not irrelevant to millions of Americans concerned with our obesity epidemic or the difficulties our returning veterans encounter. I guess the GOP would have liked it better if Michelle had chosen to ignore our veterans, like the GOP did during their convention in Tampa…
            As for extravaganza, the most extravagant administration in modern history was Nixon’s and nobody blamed his wife for his excesses. Causes lisof
            Michelle Obama has been maligned

    4. jointerjohn July 31, 2014

      They put themselves in the trick bag when they decided foolishly to troll for votes solely by making President Obama appear to be the Antichrist. Now they are stuck with some paper-thin districts where not depicting the President as the Lord of Darkness will result in some of their most ignorant voters staying home on election day. Now they face the specter of arousing democrat votes by their continued pursuit, but they are stuck with it. A clear case of making one’s bed and then having to lie in it.

      1. RobertCHastings July 31, 2014

        I think a more appropriate analogy would be painting one’s self into a corner. They are trying to put the burden of talk of impeachment on the White House, rather than understanding that, even as short as our collective memory is, we STILL remember who really DID start this. Even Republican voters will have to eventually confront their consciences and their sense of reality.

    5. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

      We must get out to vote. We MUST vote these lunatics OUR! It is also my fervent hope that should there be another R president in my lifetime that he/she be treated every bit as rotten as they treated President Obama. Give them a taste of their own medicine. But, in all actuality, I hope there will never be an R president in my lifetime. They have destroyed so much of our government and country and us already. We must see that they never again have a position of power in our governments, from local to DC. GET OUT AND VOTE! VOTE BLUE! make sure no tbagging/thug gets in again. Also, be careful, as there are Rs trying to claim they are dems and run as a Dem. Beware of who you vote for.

      ..

  3. sunmusing July 31, 2014

    umm…”please proceed Boehner”…

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  4. Eleanore Whitaker July 31, 2014

    Anyone who missed the Congresswoman’s speech yesterday in the House of Reps. should review it. I was utterly and absolutely shocked when she presented the dollar figures on how much the tomfoolery of the GOP has cost this country.

    When a party seeks to rule by dismantling any administration, it is long past time to start impeachment of the GOP gangsters who want to run this country THEIR way.

    In the hearing on impeachment yesterday, as the NY Congresswoman stated, the cost of impeachment is borne by the taxpayers at the same time as the GOP is wasting money on 14 investigations into Benghazi.

    As she stated, “What are Republicans trying to prove?”

    When the Congressman from Texas stood up in reply to the NY Congresswoman, his was the same BS blather we’ve heard over and over…Obama has exceeded his power.

    This from a Texan whose Texan president told Americans in 2004 he “intended to spend his political capital.” That and our economic with it.

    This is from a Texan whose Texan president later states, “MY way or the highway.” As the Congresswoman from NY reminded the GOP of the House…”not in a democracy.”

    See the GOP House majority for what it is…messengers bois of the Koch regime. Wealthy men down through US history have always sought to “own the country” using money power vs. government power.

    Barrage your Democratic Senators and Congresspersons with calls, letters and emails…demand they hold the GOP accountable for government takeover. If we let this happen, we won’t suffer..our kids will.

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  5. gmccpa July 31, 2014

    Who’s kidding who? The ONLY reason the GOP hasn’t begun impeachment proceedings is….votes. They don’t have enough to succeed. Its that simple. They don’t care about articles of impeachment, or high crimes and misdemeanors.

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    1. Allan Richardson July 31, 2014

      After Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, this would make a TRIFECTA of totally POLITICAL use of impeachment, which is supposed to be used to remove a truly corrupt official, by Republicans. The first time, they fell one vote short of 2/3 in the Senate because of one Republican senator who refused to vote the “party” line (and lost his political career in retaliation). The second time, they fell WELL short of 2/3 in the Senate, and IF they try it a third time BEFORE the election, they will get even their own voters (the sane ones anyway) turning against them.

    2. neeceoooo July 31, 2014

      Yes, but in the meantime, they cost the American people billions.

      1. Mark Forsyth July 31, 2014

        They don’t care about that either.

        1. neeceoooo July 31, 2014

          The sad part is, you are correct

          1. Mark Forsyth July 31, 2014

            The other sad part is that being correct is not always a happy experience.

  6. bobnstuff July 31, 2014

    I lay a lot of the blame on the right wing media and there 24 hr. hate speech. These people have started believe there own lies. It’s not just the Rush a Glen shows but most of the AM dial. Many of these Shock Jocks commit treason every day, If I’m not mistaken calling for the overthrow of the government is still treason.

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  7. AlfredSonny July 31, 2014

    THANK YOU my dear God for not having John Boehner as a member of my family!

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  8. AlfredSonny July 31, 2014

    Are the Republicans using similar tactics as Arab rebels and Putin? Uncompromising? Myopic? Greedy? Liars?

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  9. esg July 31, 2014

    Impeachment is the only solution but the wrong guy us being considdered it should be speaker Boehner not President Obama. GOP god owful people.

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    1. neeceoooo July 31, 2014

      I agree, we need to impeach Boehner

    2. jam July 31, 2014

      It frightens me that this A-Hole is 3rd in line for the Presidency.
      What would our world be like in that unfortunate eventuality??

      1. Dominick Vila July 31, 2014

        For one thing, the White House would have no choice but to increase the number of Kleenex they purchase…

  10. almostsane July 31, 2014

    It’s funny that the only legislators talking about impeachment are democrats. The republicans know that the democratically controlled senate with dictator Harry Reid in charge will never convict Barack Obama of all the crimes he has committed, so the republicans have resorted to a lawsuit to try to stop some of the most egregious violations of the constitution Barack Obama has committed. This shouldn’t be a republican/democrat fight, but iti is because democrats are always for party over country. Circle the wagons arround the democrat who has broken the law, no matter what, that is the philiosophy

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    1. Allan Richardson July 31, 2014

      Did you read the article? He cited numerous examples of GOP office holders and pundits (sorry, I mean idiots) CALLING FOR impeachment ever since the President was inaugurated. They have just been looking for an excuse that holds water, but all they have is a wet, sour teabag!

    2. jmprint July 31, 2014

      Name ONE crime.

    3. ESG July 31, 2014

      When you say almostsane it is true you have blinders on your policies do not work in Kansas and they broke this country in 2008 and now when we are pulling our of it you want to take us back again how outrageous is that?

      1. Mark Forsyth July 31, 2014

        There’s a hole in the bucket—.

        1. esg July 31, 2014

          Dear Liza dear Liza well fix it dear Henry dear Henry. With what do I fix it dear Liza dear Liza with impeachment of Boaner dear Henry Dear Henry

          1. Mark Forsyth July 31, 2014

            Sounds good to me.

    4. jam July 31, 2014

      almost sane in what regard? Nothing sane about your posting, almost or otherwise. If you post here you should change your moniker to something more realistic.

    5. jmprint August 1, 2014

      Well they are going to have to circle themselves in as well, with all the fillibusters and obstruction, payed for doing nothing, isn’t that breaking the law. Don’t forget we pay retirement for these bastards.

  11. rustacus21 July 31, 2014

    WOW!!! Has it really been 40 years already?! We should all give Republican’s a hand for reminding us that a U.S. President must, again, be guilty of “ACTUAL” criminal “WRONG-DOING” (if we are to believe OUR Liberal/Progressive Constitution), in order an Impeachment charge to be valid. Since Republican’s have absolutely no respect for the rule of law, as they have consistently shown since Nixon colluded w/the North to reject peace, since conservative elements in the FBI fabricated a criminal scheme resulting in the ABSCAM ‘take-down’ of Democratic law makers, the Reagan campaign teams intervention in ensuring the hostages remain in Iranian custody until “AFTER” the ’80 election, to poison public opinion against a supremely superior Executive (President Carter), in a later exchange for weapons to Iran & their confederates, the newly minted scheme to defraud & steal from government institutions, championed by the Reagan/Bush administration & perfected during the last Bush administration, along w/the negligent & potentially criminal actions of ignoring the extreme threat of those who eventually carried out the 9/11 attacks, who had been under surveillance for over a year, when in the spring of ’01 & against the vociforous & rejected protests of the anti-terror task force remnants from the Clinton-Gore (most of whom had been hand-picked by the fmr Vice Prez) administration, let the criminals simply disappear, only to surface the morning of 9/11, where not even airline was aware they had previously been deemed national security threats, much less detain them immediately on site, then use wars as an excuse & cover for their incompetence/collusion w/9/11, but in none of the above, were “VALID” criminal charges pressed by Democrats or Republicans w/honor, as was the bi-partisan consensus, that the crimes perp’d by Richard Nixon WARRANTED impeachment AND criminal prosecution (all ‘nixed’ by President Ford), escaping instead, w/a pardon! & here are contemporary Republicans, ‘nixing’ the recognition of the anniversary of the most disgraceful moment in the history of the Executive, w/their own most disgraceful moment in the history of Congress. No American wants to re-live the torment of seeing a U.S. President be charged for criminality, just as much as we abhor an innocent, struggling, sabotaged U.S. President be ‘theoretically’ charged for false crimes, when his ONLY crime is being Black. No one will talk about it, but it’s clear THIS is THE issue, as the Innocence Project (http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/DNA_Exonerations_Nationwide.php) confirms over & over. Only by embracing our Liberal/Progressive heritage can we exorcise conservatives responsible for the criminal madness w/in our political system, responsible for it paralysis & allowing globally life threatening crisis (Global Climate Change) to take a back seat to… THIS CHILDISH SILLINESS?! American’s should truly be ashamed for even entertaining this insanity!!!

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    1. Allan Richardson July 31, 2014

      The party of Lincoln, Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, even Nixon and Reagan, has been besmirched by this caveman takeover (sorry, Neanderthals, no offense to y’all intended). Reagan started the “revenge of the turds” but did not live to see its full flowering into a funny farm that would have excluded even HIM, even while using his name.

      1. rustacus21 July 31, 2014

        Sadly, U’r so correct! But as U imply, it’s simply a matter of maturity & being what I call ‘socially mature’ enough to allow others’ to their opinion & the humility to understand that U aren’t ALWAYS right. I read a comment by Benjamin Franklin, that even in his old age (while deciding whether to support the ‘new’ Constitution or not), he mentioned he was constantly ‘2nd guessing himself’ & that in spite of his wisdom (my words) of years, he came to the realization he didn’t know everything he needed to to arrive at 100% certainty. That is ‘maturity.’ That is also a ‘Liberal’ quality, which, all too often, works against us. Allowing other’s to their opinion, now means weakness. But we Liberal/Progressives have our country & a world to save & if we’re going to do it, it better be now! They want Obama? Well, we should ‘want them!!!’ For all those who dispute Global Climate Change, we should start immediate impeachment hearings as well. An ‘eye for an eye’ does at times, have its advantages… Especially if it means survival on a global scale –

    2. RobertCHastings July 31, 2014

      Slow down, I am trying to take notes.

  12. FT66 July 31, 2014

    If hearing the word “IMPEACHMENT” doesn’t make any voter fume, nothing ever will. How can a group of people violate the will of the majority? People used their time and money, stood in lines hours and hours to pick the person of their choice not once but twice. They had varieties of reasons to do so. That is the only power any voter has. And they are still holding it. Come November every voter need to show everyone how powerful their VOTE is. By showing up to vote in drove (Nov), we will put all Impeachment talks to rest. Only the ballot box will sort out this dispute.

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  13. pmbalele July 31, 2014

    What did I told you three days ago. Repubs and TPs in Congress are primitive and racist. No doubt Learner called them Ass holes. I doubt if electorates in their district know that these Repubs and TPs play around in Congress. They tried their obstructionism on Obama’s initiatives to improve the country. They have failed. Unemployment is now under 6%. Jobs are coming back from Russia, Malaysia, Mexico, Japan, and China. We have more local kids graduating as doctors, nurses, engineers, chemists, pilots etc than during Bush 1, Bush11 and Reagan combined. During that time only kids of the rich would go to college. That is why we had shortages of professionals. Obama opened chance for both poor and rich to reach their potential. Bin Laden, Yemen guy and Benghazi guy are de-commissioned; Obamacare is working – all Americans can now be treated in hospitals of their choice; Small businesses can now have loans easily to retool their shops for better -made in America. They have lost all. All they are left with is whining with their leader John Boehner doing his Cry-baby stuff. Repubs and TPs are losers again.

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  14. howa4x July 31, 2014

    The inmates are running the asylum. This is Boehner’s dilemma. In constantly caving in to the tea party’s demands the speaker has fallen into a situation of the tail wagging the dog. This has lead him on a road to disaster from not reaching a debt ceiling deal, to runaway committees, and to the ultimate humiliation of a speaker, the government shutdown , that he vocally opposed. As Michael Steele, a former GOP national committee chair observed, if the republican house does this there will be the potential that they will not only loose the midterms but also guarantee Hillary landslide in the 2016 national election and a loss of both houses. This is coupled with the fact that this is the least productive House in history.
    The tea party has become a sore that won’t heal, more loyal to the machinations of Ted Cruz than the house speaker. It is also a group that practices simpleism as a problem solving modality. They keep appealing to a shrinking base at the expense of everything else while dragging timid GOP moderates down the rat hole with them. They are becoming more out of touch with what the majority of what Americans want, and that is a dangerous trajectory for a national party.
    If this keeps up the republican party will resemble a rag tag group of fanatical and religious extremists rather than a party that represents the national interests If Boehner allows this tomfoolery to go forward the republican brand will be tarnished for a generation.

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    1. jmprint July 31, 2014

      What he doesn’t understand is that this is a ploy from Ted Cruz to throw Boehner under the bus and out of the way. The sucker fell for it, and will sink in the quick sand.

      1. howa4x July 31, 2014

        Ted Cruz acts like Dennis the menace and Boehner acts like sad sack

        1. jmprint July 31, 2014

          Only difference is Dennis was cute and unintentionally a menace. Cruz actually works and gets paid not only with our tax dollars, but with influence from the Kocks.

  15. Jim Hopkins July 31, 2014

    I say let us sue Boehner and the rest of the obstructionists who do not want to move us forward. Let us say as the Trump would say “Your Fired”!!!!!!

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  16. jmprint July 31, 2014

    Boehner still wants to run the US as he did his neighborhood association. He didn’t need any brain matter then and he doesn’t have any now. This assholes don’t ever think about the consequences of the effect this will have on our nation, if they think other countries do not respect us now, what are they to think about us now. Totally divided, any why, because they want to have all the say so on how our tax dollars are spent. They think that because we are not billionaires we are incompetent and don’t know what is good for us and out country. When did the law of majority rule end? And why do they have the right to ignore the voting base.

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  17. Mark Forsyth July 31, 2014

    So what’s stopping congressional Democrats from impeaching gop members?Is it out of the question to get down and dirty with those pigs in order to save America’s bacon?

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  18. Stuart July 31, 2014

    Impeachment talk keeps those Koch Brothers welfare checks coming in.

    Best time will be late October, when there will be enough time before the election for the House to vote impeachment but not enough time for the Senate to hold the trial — if there is one. Also would minimize the time for the backlash from Democratic donors.

    Anyway, my doubts about real impeachment are because it will be football season, and no one will be paying much attention.

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  19. highpckts July 31, 2014

    Boehner is a spineless, big mouthed,arrogant nobody!! He doesn’t have the guts to stand up to anyone! His party knows this. That’s why they made him bring to the floor the law suit!!

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  20. ExRadioGuy15 July 31, 2014

    The GOP’s lawsuit and impeachment BS is simply another instance of pathetic projectional hypocrisy on their part.
    Remember that projection is a psychiatric ploy where one falsely accuses another of doing something they’re doing or have already done or being something they’ve been or already are.
    When you also remember that insanity is one of the 10 Tenets of the GOP, nothing they do should be a surprise to you.
    It’s now up to the voting majority of the GOP, the Progressives and Moderates, to chase the Cons, Tea Partiers and Libertarians from the party. They can do this by doing one simple thing this fall: vote Democrat.

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  21. Angel Perea July 31, 2014

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: The “new” speaker pathetic Cruz, the hypocritical foreign Cuban born in Canada that meddled with the
    radical republican clowns in House are at again! Just like they obstructed to close down our govt. to waste $26K and now these same hypocrites are exploiting another situation for political gain. I recall President Reagan stating in 1984 in a President debate, “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and have live here even though they may have entered illegally.” Isn’t ironic some of these law makers that are blocking responsible action to address this “human tragedy of children fleeing violence! ”Then, these political clowns insult our intelligence by bragging that somehow establishing a record for not passing responsible legislation and continued obstruction and now since they got tired of doing nothing they go on paid vacation is an achievement of some kind that merits reelection? Please…..

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  22. charles king July 31, 2014

    I think and that is Critical Thinking by the way, the President of these United States has faithfully executed the laws for the people NOT some but ALL the People. President OBAMA has inform the people about Republicans and their idealogy and NOW the people knows Who? and Why? the Do-Nothingers are acting out their self-hate. The President is trying to restore the country’s Democracy. MONIES, greedy Capitalistic Pigs, Plutocracts(Counties Commissioners) our Do-nothingers State and Federal representives, Etcs. WE know Who? they are so VOTE their sorry A**H**** OUT OUT OUT, you have the Voting power so say “Good-By to these LOSERS. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

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  23. coliwabl July 31, 2014

    When will the insanity of this kind of politics stop? The fact is that because the majority of Congress has obstructed progress, the majority should be impeached.

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