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For the past few years, I've been explaining to readers how congressional Republicans will move to impeach President Obama...should he win a second term. One doesn't have to be Nostradamus to understand the modern GOP playbook. All one has to do is review the 2nd term of our last Democratic president. Something which Esquire's Charles Pierce does for us.
In the February issue of Esquire, Pierce reports on a recent interview with Bill Clinton......
...Clinton talks about a change of heart experienced by a former GOP congresscritter named Bob Inglis, who lost in a primary in 2010 because he said disrespectful things about Glenn Beck but who, in the giddy years of the late 1990's, wielded his pitchfork most enthusiastically in the cause of impeaching Clinton, an effort for which he recently apologized, according to the former president, who nonetheless told us:
"I had a fascinating meeting with Bob Inglis the other day. Bob Inglis was an extremely conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina. He was a three-term-pledge guy in the nineties.... So he came to me and he said, "I just want you to know, when you got elected, I hated you. And I asked to be on the Judiciary Committee in 1993, because a bunch of us had already made up our minds that no matter what you did or didn't do, we were going to find some way to impeach you. We hated you. You had no right to be president."
If that sounds a little like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's number one priority for Republicans today.....making Barack Obama a one term president.....it is because both are taken from the same chapter of the same GOP playbook. That particular political playbook, incidentally, was partially written and implemented during the 90's by the world renowned moral values champion, Newt Gingrich. Gingrich was the architect of modern conservative wingnuterry....and also the lead morality cop in the GOP's fevered witch hunt ("We hated you.") against President Clinton.
Today, Gingrich (newly reborn moral values champion) is drawing "true conservatives" to his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.....a nomination he will never win....in the hopes of debating President Obama before a national audience, where Newt, in his troubled mind at least, can really put it to conservatism's latest presidential object of hate, Democratic President Obama. But, sigh....it is not to be, because the Mittster has a train car load of money that the former disgraced Speaker does not....and establishment Republicans don't want to lose the presidential race AND both houses of Congress.
I'm starting to get the feeling that both sides now realize that Obama will win a second term. National polls show Romney trailing Obama by as much as 7 points right now. Sure, the race will tighten and blah, blah...but Romney is no match for Obama and I think both sides know it.
The only question left, then, is Congress. Who will control the houses of Congress after Obama wins a second term? And what is likely to happen if Republicans control Congress?
The person, if in fact he is truly of the human species, whom "three term pledge guy" Bob Inglis made his pledges to...Grover Norquist....let's us in on what the Republican plan will be should a 2nd Obama term become reality.
First...if Republicans should happen to win the presidency and Congress...
If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I’m told that they could do an early budget vote—a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years. You take all of those issues off the table, and then say, “What do you want to do for tax reform?”
Then, the question is: “OK, what do we do about repatriation and all of the interesting stuff?” And, if you have a Republican president to go with a Republican House and Senate, then they pass the [Paul] Ryan plan [on Medicare].
Tax Pope Norquist, the divine man whom all but a handful of congressional Republicans have bowed before and saluted as their infallible tax policy commander...reminds us of what Republicans will do if they control the whole shooting match next January. Tax amnesty for untaxed overseas corporate loot re-entering the U.S., (amnesty is fine for tax dodgers, just not Hispanics) making permanent the Bush era tax cuts and
But what if Democrats still have control come next January.....what then Grover?
Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach.
Same playbook. Different Democratic president.
To Republicans, impeachment is not a severe tactic reserved for the most egregious presidential behavior. Impeachment is what the GOP playbook states after the question: What to do when there is a Democratic president and a Republican Congress? Answer: Impeach the Democratic president.
On what grounds? On the grounds that Barack Obama is president while being a Democrat.