A furious push by conservatives to convince the House to vote articles of impeachment against President Obama for… oh, whatever they’re flipping out about at the moment … has backfired on the Republicans, so much so that House Speaker John Boehner is forced to pretend Obama is behind his own potential impeachment.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday rejected talk of impeaching President Obama, saying that the issue was being driven by White House staff and congressional Democrats who are trying to gin up liberal voters for the fall midterm elections.
“This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they are trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election,” Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning. “We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans.”
Boehner noted that the Democratic campaign arms have raised millions and millions of dollars through e-mail and direct mail pitches in recent weeks that raised the specter of a GOP-controlled Congress impeaching the president in 2015.
“It’s all a scam started by the Democrats at the White House,” Boehner said.
Paul Ryan joined in and repeated what is clearly the latest GOP talking point. How many examples would you like me to produce of Republican officials, legislators, conservative pundits, Tea Party groups and others demanding Obama’s impeachment? In fact, on the very same day that Boehner made his statement, Rep. Walter Jones, a member of his caucus, came out and said that Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama was a bad idea because they should impeach him instead. And he said that the fact that they won’t impeach him is “why the Republican Party is in trouble.”
This started with your base and now it’s backfiring on you. Of course the Democrats are going to fundraise off it. But it’s your people who are demanding it. The fact that it’s now helping the Democrats doesn’t make it their idea.