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The Washington Times reported on Tuesday that:

Talk of impeachment was cooked up by a White House desperate for something to rally Democrats ahead of November’s elections, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday, flatly ruling out any action on the controversial suggestion.

“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Mr. Beohner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

But PJM’s own Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, has a very different take, both in terms of Mr. Obama, and of the general concept of impeachment itself.

During our interview, Andrew will discuss his latest book, Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment. Andrew tells me, “As Madison put it, impeachment was indispensable in the minds of the framers, as a mechanism for Congress to be able to prevent one of the things that they were extremely worried about during the drafting of the Constitution. Which was the possibility that this incredibly powerful new office that they were creating, the President of the United States, where all of the executive power would be reposed in one official. [The founders worried] that that official could become like a monarch; could become basically what the Revolution had fought against in the first place.”

And there’s little doubt that President Obama thinks of himself of having king-like powers, far removed from the controls of Congress.

During our interview, Andrew will discuss:

● How the Founding Fathers thought of impeachment.
● Is he worried about Democrats fundraising off his new book?
● What does McCarthy think of John Boehner’s plan to sue Obama?
● His thoughts on Congress’s investigations of Benghazi and the IRS scandal.
● If McCarthy was drafting the articles of impeachment for Barack Obama, what would they include?

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“It’s all a scam started by the White House..” O! How often those words are true.
17 weeks ago
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If it was a scam, it's bound to backfire. I for one would use their message about Obama being impeached unless the Democrats at the very least retain the Senate as even more incentive to make sure I vote Republican.
16 weeks ago
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What about all the other bloody wrong-doers? Congress has not held anyone, anywhere truly accountable for anything, as it is their Constitutional duty to do. Anyone who suggests they can or will do it to the most powerful one is delusional- or engaging in distraction. Such a Congress is a bigger problem in the longer term than the administration.
17 weeks ago
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I'd like to mention that this is one ardent conservative who opposed impeaching Clinton, and now today we see one of those chickens setting up house out back. The very fact that the GOP is so skittish about it today is because no one wants to go through that again.... accomplishing nothing. We shot that bolt too recently, and arguably over something that may have been simultaneously impeachable and totally pissant.

Make my point? Hey, how 'bout someone answering me with "...but... but.... but.... it wan't about sex , it was about lying under oath....." and then I can answer that "it was still just a sexual peccadillo", not worthy of such a divisive nuke, and then someone else can come back with..... blah blah blah..... blah blah.... blah blah.

That sound like fun? Ya up for it, right here in this forum?

uh huh. That's my point.
17 weeks ago
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Why is it always ever only about Obama? Thousands of lower level officials are as lawless.
17 weeks ago
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Outflank the POTUS, (power grabber that he is.) Focus firing attention instead on Harry Reid and his continuous shutdown of the government. Obama deserves to be impeached but timing is everything. Reid's abuse of his office and undermining Constitutional process proves him also real rat and a better starting rat to get of in DC.
17 weeks ago
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One or more states have to mutiny against the federal government. Invalidate over-reaching federal rules and regulations. Refuse federal program money and establish their own programs and agencies where needed. Decide upon a fair federal tax and become the surrogate tax collector for it. If the fed attempts coercion by withholding any remaining benefits due to state citizens, then re-direct the federal tax money to cover them. The only problem would be how to handle all of the migration and growth to those states. This is our only hope Obi Wan Kenobe.
17 weeks ago
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A coalition of states to stop illegal immigration might be a good start.
17 weeks ago
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I want to win the Senate back in 2014 as much as the above commenters-but I gotta ask, do you really think anything is going to change? Do you really believe the establishment Republicans in the Senate, headed by McConnell will do anything but maybe tap the big government spending brakes?

Do you honestly believe there'll be an actual rolling back of some of the REgressives's 100+ year march to turn us into a collective shithole?

If you do, you're part of the problem. We have had control of the House since 2010 and Boehner et.al. have simply refused to use the powers they have to stop this nightmare. Having the Senate will probably do nothing more then double our frustration.
17 weeks ago
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Put not thy hope in Senators.
17 weeks ago
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I truly believe that impeaching or suing Obama is a big mistake. Once we head down that road Obama gets to play the black victim and the press will back his tragic plight every step of the way. And this means that ALL of his dreadful policies get lost in stories about his oppressors, etc.

The quickest way to have the public forget about this guys lousy record is to change the narrative into a court battle.
17 weeks ago
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"I truly believe that impeaching or suing Obama is a big mistake. Once we head down that road Obama gets to play the black victim and the press will back his tragic plight every step of the way. And this means that ALL of his dreadful policies get lost in stories about his oppressors, etc."

And we'll get the exact same things anyways even if Obama isn't impeached, glorify Obama as the man who saved the nation, hide his bad stuff even when they come to light years into the future. In case you've forgotten, that's exactly what happened when FDR effectively got away with running the country aground and nearly making it into a socialist, even communist country. Don't forget, FDR was never impeached, and in fact, he actually died free of scandal being exposed to the public, thanks to a fawning media, lack of information, and even when it became clear years later that FDR's policies are responsible for the Great Depression being as bad as it was, he's still being taught as a hero who saved the nation. New Deal or Raw Deal and, heck, the documentary I Want Your Money made this very blatant. It's even being taught in various schools now. Do you honestly want another instance of FDR being treated as a hero when he clearly doesn't even deserve the reputation? Do you? If we don't impeach Obama, we will get a repeat of this sort of thing. Impeachment's the only shot we've got to actually getting justice on Obama, at least legally.
16 weeks ago
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It really comes down to just an immediate gratification exercise in futility, unless you can get the Republicans to pick up 22 of the 33 Senate seats up for election in November, which would then give them enough votes to convict in the Senate in the same way ObamaCare was passed -- on a party-line vote. McCarthy (or Sarah Palin) can say that's not needed and that some Senate Democrats could vote for conviction, but other than West Virginia's Joe Manchin, it's all but impossible to name a Democrat in the Senate who might and who is also not up for re-election in 2014. And if Mary Landreau or Mark Pryor are around in 2015 to vote on any bill of impeachment the House presents to the Senate, that likely also means the Senate's still in the hands of the Democrats and being run by Harry Reid.

So a House impeachment offers up a few days of high-fiving for showing Obama what's what, followed in 2017 by President Hillary or President Warren, with the Democrats back in control of at least the Senate and possibly the House as well. If you're one of those people pining for single-payer health care, it's a heck of a stategerie. Otherwise, not-so-much.

The best option is to hit the Democrats in the 2014 midterms, based on the current polling, and then force their 2016 presidential nominees to run for election as Obama's third term. A result this November similar to 2010 will have Team Clinton and even the Fauxahontas progressive coalition trying to figure out some way to distance themselves from this president, along with putting pressure on the White House to back off at least some of the actions that are causing negative PR and their support numbers among swing voters to crater.
17 weeks ago
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Fuggitaboutit.

Impeachment will only incite the Democrat base and if it were "successful" lead to riots in the black community. Imagine televised hearings of white men trying to remove the first black president. Imagine them succeeding and then imagine, if you can, Sharpton and the like accepting that.

Here's an alternative. Start a campaign suggesting O resign. He's already acting like an ex-President and even many Dems are noticing and saying so in public. Such a campaign might befuddle the opposition. Would he resign? No, but that's not the point.

17 weeks ago
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Not only that but impeachment would serve to make Obama a martyr. Who wants to have to observe "Barack Obama Day" for the rest of the country's existence? No one in their right mind.

As for pressure to resign, that's a far better approach, IMO, but even that would bring on a relentless torrent of protestations from the other side along with accusations of our side being "RAAAAACCCIIIISSSST."

I am afraid that there is no other choice but to allow our First Black President to serve out his second term unhindered & with his legacy "intact." Let this be a lesson to all that affirmative action should never, ever apply to the most powerful position in the country; obviously this means no more minorities & certainly no women as our POTUS.
17 weeks ago
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We did the same thing you suggested regarding FDR. Trust me, it won't work that way. If anything, not impeaching him will yield the exact same results as FDR's overall presidency did even today, where most people are being taught, or rather, brainwashed with the lie that he actually saved America from the Great Depression, when in fact he was responsible for it actually turning out as bad as it did. Even when that came to light, people still taught that FDR saved America, when that was blatantly false. I for one will NOT stand for Obama being given the same divine status FDR did, especially undeserved status. I know history very well, and the education experience first hand, so I know that's exactly what would happen if we don't impeach Obama. If we impeach Obama, it at least will result in justice. Stop being naïve in regards to it turning out better if Obama ran his second term. Even assuming that he won't run for a third term (and believe me, there's a lot of talk that he'll run for a third term), considering all the false praise FDR got for saving the country when it was closer to the exact opposite, in our school systems and in our mass media, and its still being taught despite concrete proof being given that he did not save America from the Depression and in fact worsened the Depression, not impeaching Obama will inevitably have him turning out like FDR in a few years, lauded and treated like a god by even fellow Conservatives when he doesn't deserve it.

Besides, considering one of the people calling for Obama's impeachment, Allen West, IS Black, I'm doubtful there will be much Black riots.
16 weeks ago
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Andrew, the United States Senate will NEVER convict their knight in shinning armor even if he were to kill his Tranny partner (Joan Rivers, not me). What you should be doing is teaming up with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his lead investigator Lt. Mike Zullo and forcing the media to help you expose the fraudulent crimes this man has committed in his rise to power. You could simply arrest him for those crimes, no impeachment necessary. The least that would happen is that his administration would be forced to lawyer up and attempt to defend the impossible. Impeachment is stupid, do you really think 67 Senators would convict their "messiah."
17 weeks ago
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