Coming up on the mid-term elections, impeachment has become a real hot-button topic. For Democrats. Apparently Democrats have talked about the possibility of Obama’s impeachment twenty times more often than Republicans. Republicans aren’t hardly even mentioning it at all. In fact, they may be talking about it only because they keep on being asked about it by the mainstream media and Democrats.
Since the start of the 113th Congress last year, Democrats have used the word “impeach” or “impeachment” regarding Obama 86 times, according to a review of the Congressional Record by The Hill.
Utterances on the floor from Republicans about impeaching Obama, in contrast, have been relatively rare. Only three Republicans in this Congress have raised the subject on the House floor, and the words have been used a total of four times by GOP members.
For Democrats, impeachment is strategic political tool and a cash cow:
The campaign arm for House Democrats raised $2.1 million in online donations over a single July weekend while talking up the possibility that Republicans would impeach Obama. . . .
Talking up impeachment, the theory goes, could increase turnout among Democrats at the polls and sabotage GOP efforts to take back the Senate. But pooh-poohing the idea of impeachment looks bad to the GOP base.
If party politics were not an issue, impeachment would have already happened. The fact is that Obama has vastly over-stepped his Constitutional limitations. Whether it is making international policy decisions (including releasing prisoners of war) without Congressional oversight or the vast number of executive decisions Obama has made to side-step Congressional gridlock, this president deserves to be tried for gross misconduct and fired.
But at the end of the day, this is not even about whether or not impeachment is a good idea. It would be impossible for Republicans to impeach Obama, merely because of the Democratic majority in the Senate. This is all about power. And the American people, again, are being played.