Desperation: The White House and Democrats really want you to think House Republicans are going to impeach Barack Obama

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way right now: House Republicans are not going to make a serious effort to impeach President Barack Obama. Sure, there are some prominent conservatives, including Sarah Palin, and a handful of House Republicans who’ve floated the idea. But it’s just not going to happen.

The White House and senior Democrats, however, are talking about impeachment like it’s a “thing.” White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer told reporters on Friday at House Republicans are opening the door to impeachment. “I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment in the future,” said Pfeiffer. “I would not discount that possibility.”

The “I” word was used again later in the day by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told Fox News Sunday that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) “made it clear that impeachment is absolutely on the table for House Republicans.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) really wanted to talk about the House lawsuit and possibility of impeachment on CNN. After the end of an appearance on State of the Union on foreign policy crises around the globe, Pelosi had a sad because she didn’t get a chance to talk about the false narrative Democrats are trying to set.

“I think it’s important to note, though, that through all of this, the Republicans are trying to sue the president — on a path to impeach the president while we’re trying to create jobs and have stability in our country and in the world,” Pelosi told host Candy Crowley. “And I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to talk more about that.”

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The lawsuit, which authorization for which cleared the House Rules Committee last week and will likely be voted on this week before the August recess, that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will file serves a few different purposes.

“By announcing that he was filing a suit, but not announcing what the suit would include, Boehner got the media talking about all the possible executive overreaches that might form the basis of the suit, precisely the public discourse he wants to foster,” Cornell law professor Josh Chafetz wrote last week at The Hill. “News of the suit provoked a response from the president, which was good for a few more news cycles. Boehner then announced the actual basis for the suit, which was good for a few more news cycles. Ditto for when the full House votes to authorize it, and again when he actually files the suit.”

Chafetz also notes that the lawsuit will placate most House Republicans from pushing impeachment as an alternative. Simply put, folks, that’s just not a politically viable path in an election year. Yeah, the grounds are there for impeachment, but there’s really no point unless the votes are there in the Senate for removal.

Democrats are trying to drive this narrative because they’re trying to motivate their base to show up this fall. Since Friday morning the DCCC has sent out at least 11 fundraising emails that mention impeachment. They’re the only ones really pushing the issue, and they’re doing it out of desperation.


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