The Republicans are playing their cards close to the chest. Everyone is wondering what it's going to be: lawsuit or impeachment? What's the best way to waste a lot of taxpayer money on a pointless exercise designed to fire up the most right-wing of the base? The bigger question should be - what do they possibly hope to accomplish, other than career suicide?
The impeachment talk originated in the farthest recesses of the Republican intellectual wasteland, with the likes of Sarah Palin
trying to prove her Constitutional acumen and establish her writing bona fides. Side-show freaks aside, though - what about legitimate political figures? What about those in office?
Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) - prior to losing a runoff for the Republican Senate seat of outgoing Saxby Chambliss - was indicating that he was all in favor of impeachment
. It seems to be the talking point of choice for would-be candidates
: "Send me to Congress so I can impeach Obama!". It's also the cry of those no longer in power
. In fact, there are several high-profile Republicans
who are making the case.
The MOST high-profile Republican in Congress - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) - is not climbing on the impeachment bandwagon. He knows this is bad press for them. After all - the proposed lawsuit is backfiring
, helping Democrats with their fund-raising efforts. He does not
want that to happen in this case, and is leading with a "weak tea" offensive that this was somehow started by the White House
. To the right-wing paranoids, it probably rings true. But the soundbites speak for themselves, and this impeachment talk falls squarely on the extremists in Boehner's party.
Whether it be lawsuit or impeachment hearings, or yet another pointless vote to repeal Obamacare, one has to wonder when they'd find the time to do nothing positive for the American people, considering they are only working 13 - count 'em - 13 days before election day in November:
And then after that is Thanksgiving and Christmas, and *whew* - the whole year is shot.
So I am imagining that President Obama is not really concerned. If history is any indication, this Republican-led Congress will continue to be the most ineffectual in our country's history, even when it comes to playing partisan politics.