by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Republicans and Democrats are consumed in a vicious debate over which party wants to talk about impeachment more.
Democrats say it is lunatic Republicans who are scheming, as we speak, to impeach Barack Hussein Obama (if we learned anything from the 1990s, it is that a president’s full name must always be used when discussing impeachment).
Republicans say it is manipulative Democrats who are eager to play up the nonexistent chance of impeachment to motivate their voters in the midterm elections.
It is certainly true that conservatives have talked about and advocated impeachment, most recently Sarah Palin in a call to arms. My colleague Andrew McCarthy wrote a serious book-length consideration of the topic, “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.”
But the Republican political leadership — and for that matter, almost all Republicans in Congress — has shown zero interest in impeachment. In fact, it has long demonstrated a positive allergy to the topic, believing that it will be a politically damaging nonstarter.
Nothing about this changed over the past few weeks, yet all of a sudden Democrats are acting as if it is February 1868 or December 1998 all over again and the president is on the verge of losing an impeachment vote in the House.
If you’re a digital fundraising maven at a major Democratic organization and you haven’t sent out an impeachment-themed email over the past few days, you either haven’t gotten the memo or you should be in a different line of work. The strategy is clearly to manufacture a panic on impeachment and wring every last fundraising dollar from it.