If there is one thing House Republicans can do to absolutely ensure a Democratic takeover of the majority next year it’s making any real effort to impeach President Obama. Don’t get me wrong — there are literally millions of Americans who wake up every day and pray that it actually happens. That being said, those that do want to see President Obama impeached and removed from office are still far outnumbered by rational, sane people who understand that’s just an absurd notion promulgated by irrational political actors. Any real effort by the GOP in the House to bring Obama up on impeachment charges would see the exact same outcome as 1998.
In that year, Democrats cleaned-house in the mid-term elections. Americans were fed-up with the idealistic crusade the Republicans were taking the country on while President Clinton’s economic agenda was actually starting to pay real dividends back to the economy. If Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and his recent comments are any indication — the GOP may just be headed that way. Farenthold told one of his constituents at a town hall meeting that “If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate, and he wouldn’t be convicted.”
The key segment to hone-in on with that quote is “you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives.” Now, far be it from me to call any politician a liar, or call into question his integrity or the veracity of his words — but supposing that he’s not completely full of it, that means the conversations are absolutely swirling in closed-door meetings between elected Republicans. I have no clue how seriously the talks are progressing, but clearly if he’s going around telling constituents this, he’s either a lying sack of derp for not understanding how camera phones and fact checking work in the digital age…or House Republicans are absolutely obsessed with throwing Obama out of office as they are with repealing his signature health care reform law.
Watch it here, courtesy of Think Progress: