There’s that ‘I’ word again


It’s been two whole weeks since we last heard a congressional Republican publicly talk up the idea of impeaching President Obama for no reason. I guess we were due?

Andrew Kaczynski flagged this clip of Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), who joins a large and not-terribly-impressive group of GOP lawmakers in Washington who like the idea of putting the country through an impeachment crisis.

“I look at the president, I think he’s violated the Constitution. I think he’s violated the law. I think he’s abused his power but at the end of the day you have to say if the House decides to impeach him, if the House had an impeachment vote it would probably impeach the president.”

As best as I can tell, Flores hasn’t substantiated his bizarre allegations about presidential wrongdoing, but it’s that last sentence that seems especially interesting to me – as far as this congressman is concerned, if the House held a vote to impeach President Obama right now, it’d probably pass.

And what, pray tell, would be the basis for this little House Republican crusade? Apparently that doesn’t matter – these folks just like the idea, and whether it makes sense or not isn’t important.

For the record, Flores doesn’t seem to think the impeachment drive is going to turn out well. Sure, he likes the idea, but the Texas Republican realizes the Senate probably won’t remove Obama from office, which means, to his chagrin, impeachment probably isn’t worth pursuing.

But Flores’ appetite for impeachment, coupled with his belief that the House actually has the votes to pull it off, helps underscore the degree to which many congressional Republicans have gone quite mad.

Just look at the last few weeks. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) believes the president is “getting perilously close” to creating a constitutional crisis that would warrant impeachment. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) wants to impeach Obama, too, saying it would be a “dream come true.”

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is on board with the idea, as is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) are ready to draw articles, too.

All of these impeachment endorsements are just from this summer, and don’t even include the many GOP lawmakers who pushed the idea in the president’s first term.

To reiterate a point from a few weeks ago, for every Beltway pundit who proclaims with a tear in their eye, “Washington would be more effective if Obama showed leadership by reaching out to Republicans, schmoozing them, and offering to work cooperatively with his critics,” I hope they’re paying very close attention to current events. It is, as a practical matter, awfully difficult for a president to work constructively with radicalized lawmakers who refuse to compromise and cherish the idea of impeachment without cause.

Impeachment and Bill Flores

There's that 'I' word again