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Against Premature Impeachment
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 7/30/2014 11:38:25 AM

It has been nearly two months since the publication of my book, Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, helped intensify the national focus on presidential lawlessness — or, if you prefer, infected the nation with “impeachment fever.” The latter is the breathless diagnosis offered by Media Matters in what otherwise is a surprisingly accurate description of what I’ve written. No surprise, then, that I took note of the very interesting question posed by National Review editor Rich Lowry in the title of a recent Corner post: “Does Obama WANT to Get Impeached?” The context was the president’s

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As always, Mr. McCarthy presents excellent facts and remedies for Republicans. And sadly, as always, we know the establishment Republicans will not take his advice. The paragraph that is particularly good recommends using the power of the purse, to deny funding for illegal initiatives, cut funding to, or eliminate, the administrative agencies through which he seeks to rule unilaterally; deny him appointments to the courts and key federal offices, etc. These acts would deny Obama his power without impeachment. I wish with all my being that this could happen to save this wonderful country.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/30/2014 11:46:23 AM     (No. 9946276)

The GOP does not have what it takes to preserve the Union. Their only skill set is to retain their power and position.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/30/2014 12:03:13 PM     (No. 9946309)

I agree with the arguments presented here. RINO´s who support the idea of fight next time cannot even make this argument because they do not admit that impeachable offences have already occurred and rule it out for all time along with other means of opposition such as using the power of the purse. There is a need for prudence but this should not be used as a excuse to always do nothing. Mr McCarthy gives a good definition: the grounds for impeachment refers not to "indictable criminal offenses but to profound breaches of the public trust by high-ranking officials." This dispute over tactics results as much from do-nothing RINO´s as from Obama´s imperialism.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judith, 7/30/2014 12:05:41 PM     (No. 9946318)

Leave him in office, strip the money. Gutless wonders known as our "congress" will not preserve and protect our union....vote the bums out.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Northcross, 7/30/2014 12:12:01 PM     (No. 9946330)

Obama received the Nobel Prize prematurely. Why not be impeached prematurely?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hotrod, 7/30/2014 12:16:04 PM     (No. 9946337)

Impeachment does nothing unless Obama is removed from office. That will never happen because of the democrats. Even if there were enough honest democrats to make it happen, Obama would be out of office before it happened.

The smarter course to take is to get control of the House and Senate and render Obama impotent using the power of the purse.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: North Range, 7/30/2014 12:17:59 PM     (No. 9946340)

Did conservatives fail basic math?

It takes 2/3 of the Senate to convict and remove from office. There´s no way we´re going to have that many seats.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 7/30/2014 12:26:48 PM     (No. 9946359)

#5, there is no such thing as an honest democrat.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/30/2014 12:39:30 PM     (No. 9946387)

#6, It´s not about math, but logic.

1) Would it not be possible to impeach in one Congress and convict in the next Senate?

2) If the excuse is put forward that impeaching in this Congress would doom a 2015 Republican Senate, then would that same excuse not be used agains impeaching because of "dooming" the 2016 Presidential election??

I just don´t think the GOP has what it takes to preserve the Union and would like as many as possible to recognize that as well.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Janylou, 7/30/2014 1:02:11 PM     (No. 9946429)

It is too bad that too many congressional people favor keeping their own jobs over preserving the Constitution. I ask all of congress, which do you love more?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: North Range, 7/30/2014 1:50:18 PM     (No. 9946525)

No, it is not possible to impeach in one Congress and convict in the next one.

Even if it was where are you going to get the senators to do it? We currently have 45 Republican senators and we need 67 to convict.

If we´re good and very lucky and if the Democrats don´t manage to steal any elections, we might win 10 Senate seats. Then we´d only need 12 Democrats to vote to convict Obama. Do you seriously think that´s going to happen?

Simple math is our friend. It can keep us from sounding stupid on the Internet.

Elections have consequences. I especially hope that all the conservatives who stayed home and refused to vote for Romney are suffering greatly under Obama. They deserve it more than anyone else.

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