Monday, October 18, 2010
Another impeachment drive coming our way?
Propaganda image frm advocates of Obama impeachment
That will almost certainly be a feature of post-election politics if the Republicans win a majority in either the House or Senate. Three recent treatments of that topic:
Digby, Planning The Impeachment Hullabaloo 10/14/2010
Ryan Reilly, The Latest In Conservative Direct Mail: Impeach Obama! TPM Muckraker 10/14/2010
Michael Tomasky, The Elections: How Bad for Democrats? New York Review of Books 09/30/2010 (10/28/2010 issue) Tomasky lays out the prospects in some detail. The background consideration is the same as the Republicans' campaign of pseudo-scandals and investigations against Bill and Hillary Clinton, ably chronicled by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons in The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton (2000) and the related DVD. Tomasky on the biggest political risk to the Democrats of Republicans taking a majority in the House of Representatives:
The most damaging actual effect of such an outcome, one few people have focused on yet, is that once Republicans gain the chairmanships of House committees, they will begin launching investigation after investigation into the Obama administration, for example on charges that the Justice Department has shown racial favoritism in refusing to prosecute the New Black Panther Party of Philadelphia for alleged electoral irregularities. These will have little or no meaningful basis in fact but will attempt to distract the administration from its policy objectives, make it look dirty, and with any luck catch a big fish on the hook of perjury or obstruction of justice. (Look for the theme of "Chicago-style thuggery," which was bandied about here and there earlier but never quite caught on outside the right-wing echo chamber, to reemerge.) The Republicans play to win. [my emphasis]Yes, "The Republicans play to win," a lesson many Democrats including President Obama seem to have the hardest times learning.
Tomasky is dead-on in his reasoning here:
Whatever emerges, one thing is not in doubt: if the Republicans win the House, they will launch a series of investigations into the Obama administration, quite possibly leading to another impeachment drama.Tags: 2010 elections, barack obama, democratic party
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