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Opinion

July 11, 2014

Impeach cobbler

Those on the right who despise, mistrust, or fear President Obama have a dream. They dream of impeaching the man. They dream of devising a way, some way, the way of removing him from office. They’ve got the fever. Like a fungal infection, the fever is spreading. Do you smell that? Something’s baking in the kitchen. Is it a pie? No, it’s a cobbler. An impeach cobbler.

Oh, to dream the impossible dream. Some of my Republican friends in high places are desperately searching for a molecule of justification to file articles of impeachment against Obama. Here are the most notable swings and misses from the Grand Old Party: Benghazi. He's from Kenya. He's a secret Muslim. He’s a secret Communist. He’s a Socialist (aren’t we all?). Because Rush Limbaugh says Obama should be impeached. He's a dictator. Obamacare/ACA. His use of executive action. The current humanitarian crisis at the border. The fake IRS 504 c scandal. The Ukraine/Russia standoff. For pulling all U.S. troops out of Iraq. For winding down all U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. For not sending American troops to Syria. For not sending American troops to Egypt during the Arab Spring. For being elected in 2008. For being re-elected in 2012. For suggesting background checks for Americans who purchase guns. Because the right can't impeach George W. Bush. Because former Vice President Dick Cheney considers him a menace to society. Because… well, insert your reason here.

Since you couldn’t defeat him straight up in a national election, just impeach the guy. Sue him, too. Sound about right, GOP power brokers?

It’s a matter of public record that the president’s enemies began their secret campaign to deny him any measure of accomplishment, any aspect of legacy and any legislative victory even before he took the oath of office in January 2009. When President Obama was still President-elect Obama, wasn’t it Sen. Mitch O’Connell (R-Ky. who proudly declared at a press conference that it was his mission in life to ensure that Obama would be a one-term president? Wasn’t it former Sen.Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) who boasted in 2009 that Obamacare would be Obama’s “Waterloo?” You guys. Want whipped cream on your slice of pie?

Americans hear the i-word (impeachment) all the time as it relates to Barack Obama. We hear it every day, every week and every month depending on how surly Congress is at any given time. It must be pointed out that this Congress is being paid good money to not work. This is the very same Congress which is by far the laziest, most inept, most gridlocked group of legislators in American history. That’s fact, not an opinion. Look it up.

By now, we all know the formula. If Obama goes forward, the right [1] criticizes him incessantly, [2] uniformly opposes him and [3] demands that he be impeached pronto. Ditto if he stands pat.

I say to Congress: proceed. Go ahead, GOP. Impeach President Obama — if you’ve got the intestinal fortitude. You don’t, by the way. You don’t have the votes to pull it off. You don’t have the unity to pull it off. You don’t have the vision to pull it off. And you have no sense of history.

Have you forgotten the last time you actually tried the impeach cobbler recipe? You thought you had President Bill Clinton all lined up in 1998. It was a fait accompli, a done deal, until it wasn’t. The Republican Party swung and missed on getting rid of President Clinton. Not only did he survive, he thrived. Clinton emerged from his impeachment process more powerful than ever. Subsequently, the GOP got its clock cleaned in the 1998 midterms.

As Yogi Berra once famously stated, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” President Obama isn’t afraid of being impeached by the Republicans. He actually wants to be impeached by them. He knows American history. He’s playing chess. He’s keenly aware that impeachment is the greatest gift the GOP could ever give him. Obama’s impeachment would rally the Democratic base like never before, relegate the Grand Old Party to certain defeat in both 2014 and 2016, and expose their playbook of deny and defer for all to see.

If members of Congress are truly searching for high crimes and misdemeanors, all they have to do is look in the mirror.

Impeach cobbler is a paradox, a recipe for self-destruction. Those misguided individuals who bake this pie never eat it. They somehow always seem to end up wearing it. I’ve said this before… and I’ll say it again. Republicans, learn to love your President. He’s not going anywhere. Until you embrace this concept, that freshly baked impeach cobbler will be smashed in your own faces. By your own hands. Again.

 

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