Staring down the possibility of a building GOP wave in the 2014 mid-term election, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is trying to raise money before the end of the year by highlighting comments made by a handful of Republicans about impeaching President Barack Obama:
A DNC blog post that was emailed to donors on Saturday features quotes from Republican members of Congress talking about impeaching Obama.
“We can have an impeachment hearing in the House and in my mind, the president has committed impeachable offenses,” Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) is quoted as saying.
“If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” is another quote, from Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).
The blog then concludes with the message, “Show these Republicans that they are way, way off-base, and give President Obama a Congress that has his back.”
It asks for donations for Democrats running in 2014 before midnight on Tuesday, the end of the year. It notes Democrats “only need to win 17 Republican seats to win back the House of Representatives.” Political observers generally do not expect Democrats to win back the House. The president’s party usually loses seats in the House in midterm elections.
Well, it’s not like they can fundraise off the great year President Obama had. After all, he faced scandal after scandal and watched Obamacare, his signature domestic achievement, unravel before his eyes.
Of course, the DNC knows that Republicans aren’t going to go down the impeachment trail, despite some of the comments they cited in fundraising blog post and email. Republicans took a political hit in the late-1990s during the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton.
Though there have been hearings on President Obama’s lawlessness, no Republican member of the House has filed articles of impeachment against President Obama. What’s more, Republicans don’t control the Senate, making the possibility of removal impossible. It’s also important to note that if even if they did control the upper chamber, that it takes the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote for removal.
The runaway executive branch is something that Congress should address, and impeachment is one remedy for that. But Republicans know that impeachment probably wouldn’t be smiled upon by voters and they don’t want to lose their early edge in 2014.
So we can take this two ways. One is that the DNC is really that paranoid about the prospect of impeachment. The other is that they believe their donors are dumb enough to actually believe them.