Obama Goads Boehner to Take Impeachment Entirely Off the Table

Impeachment is the constitutional remedy for public officials including presidents who break the law. For the remainder of Obama's time in office, though, impeachment may as well have been written out of the Constitution.

House Speaker John Boehner has been maneuvered into taking impeachment out of the U.S. system of governance by Obama's scamming campaign tactics, along with a hyperpartisan media, today.

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.”

Boehner is right; the Democrats are running a scam on the American people.

To be clear, there are no Republicans in leadership positions who are seriously considering impeaching President Obama. It's not on the agenda. To be clear again, the percentage of Americans who now want to impeach Obama is about the same percentage of Americans who wanted to impeach President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton before him. There is always a minority out there who dislikes the current president so badly that they want him kicked out. Clinton was impeached, of course, but he beat the rap despite the fact that he did lie under oath and he did suborn the perjury of others. His actions later led to him being disbarred by the United States Supreme Court.

Obama's crimes against the rule of law are arguably more serious than Clinton's. Whether Obama deserves impeachment isn't just a legal question, it's also a political question. Obama has broken laws or essentially re-written laws without Congress several times, and on immigration he is threatening to do so again and may legalize as many as 5 million who are in the country illegally. He does not have the power to do what he is doing, as he publicly admitted himself more than once. Yet he intends to act anyway, in full knowledge and awareness both that his act is illegal, and that it will provoke and divide the nation. He wants to be provocative, and he wants to be seen as rewarding people who support him and shore up his support on the left while dividing and beating his opposition. If America still lived by the letter of the Constitution, and if we were not possessed of the racial and political divisions that beset us now, a case could be made for Obama's impeachment.

But that's not the world that we live in. We slipped off of the foundations of the Constitution a long time ago. The fact is, nearly half of the country still supports Obama and his policies including his lawlessness (to the extent that they even know about any of that), and the fact is, the politics of impeaching the nation's first black president are so dire that they ought to force even Obama's most ardent critics to think long and hard about the full implications of taking that step.