The Impeachment Canard

Over the course of Obama’s Presidency, there have been occasional rumblings to impeach him. These rumblings got a little attention a few weeks ago when Sarah Palin — who has no official position with the GOP — called for Obama to be impeached. But for the most part, the idea is being ignored. Conservatives are well aware that Democrats control enough of the Senate to block anything and that an impeachment fight would do little to benefit the country or them (even assuming appropriate “high crimes and misdemeanors” could be identified to fit the bill). You can peruse Hot Air, NRO, The Daily Caller, Town Hall … you’ll find little apart from shrugging. Conservative just aren’t that obsessed with the idea.

You know who is obsessed with the idea? Liberals:

Consider, for example, the Sunlight Foundation’s Capitol Words database, which tracks words spoken in the House and Senate. So far in July, there have been 10 mentions of the term “impeachment” in Congress and four others of the term “impeach.” Eleven of the 14 mentions have been made by Democratic rather than Republican members of Congress, however.

Impeachment chatter has also become common on cable news. On Fox News this month, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, called for Obama’s impeachment, for instance. But for every mention of impeachment on Fox News in July, there have been five on liberal-leaning MSNBC.

In July, Fox News mentioned impeachment 95 times, or about three times a day. MSNBC mentioned it 448 times. And the trend was only going up at the end of the month.

Now why is this becoming such a big thing among liberals? Well, need you ask:

The Democrats’ congressional campaign arm pulled in $2.1 million in online donations over the weekend — the best four-day haul of the current election cycle — largely propelled by fundraising pitches tied to speculation that House Republicans could pursue the impeachment of President Obama.

Democrats have consistently used impeachment — a prospect that has been floated by several prominent conservatives but has not been embraced by most of the Republican establishment — to fill their campaign coffers, and their polling has shown that fear of an impeachment attempt as well as the House GOP’s efforts to sue Obama have the potential to drive midterm voter turnout on the left.

Ding! Or maybe I should say “Ka-ching!”

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, of course. For as long as I can remember, the Democrats have run on the platform that the evil Republicans are going to take away social security, gut Medicare, start World War III, send your job to Mexico, destroy the environment, impeach Obama and cancel Arrested Development. Fear is what they do; security is what they offer. And both are lies.

Now the Democrats and their defenders will point out that it was Republicans who first raised this idea. And that’s true. But the GOP leadership and most conservative pundits almost immediately dismissed it. The Democrats will also point out that the GOP made a potential impeachment of Bush an issue in 2006. That’s also true. But as Silver points out, the disparity in concern over the issue wasn’t nearly as dramatic (374 mentions for Fox against 206 for MSNBC over the first seven months of the year). Nor did it reach fever pitch this call has. Moreover, the Democrats actually introduced articles of impeachment against Bush in 2008, something I don’t see the Republicans doing any time soon.

It tells you how thin the veneer of confidence is among Democrats that the mere whisper of impeachment from a Fox News pundit can send them into this kind of tizzy. It’s going to be very ugly when they lose power.

Physician, Heal Nothing

It finally seems to have sunk into the Obama Administration how badly this Obamacare thing is going. There have been rumblings that the system will not be fixed by the end of the month (color me surprised). The total enrollment is something like 100,000 (only a quarter from the federal exchange). And millions of people are livid over having their policies cancelled.

If you’ve followed Obama for the last five years, you know what comes next: rewriting the law on his own:

The White House has its own idea to stop the bleeding: Allow insurers to renew existing plans in 2014 (which means they could continue into 2015) while forcing them to send Landrieu-like letters explaining why their plans don’t conform to the Affordable Care Act’s standards.

(I’m tired from baby stuff and I first read that sentence as “Landru-like” letters … as in Landru the computer from the classic Star Trek serial “Return of the Archons”. Funny thing is that, now that I’m awake, a letter from a fictional crazed computer still sounds a lot better than one coming from Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.)

This doesn’t really ensure anyone can actually keep their plan — which means it also doesn’t affect premiums in the exchanges. But it makes it easier for Democrats to blame insurers for canceling these plans. And it perhaps makes it easier for the White House to stop congressional Democrats from signing onto something like Landrieu or Udall.
The insurance industry is furious. They’ve been working with the White House to get HealthCare.Gov up and running and they’ve been devoting countless man hours to dealing with the problems and they’ve been taking the heat from their customers over canceled plans, and now the Obama administration wants to make them into a scapegoat.

In other words, this changes the wording to, “If you liked your plan, you could have kept your plan if it weren’t for those greedy insurance companies.”

The problem is that the machinery of canceling plans and creating new ones is already moving. The insurance industry has put a million piece in motion anticipating that the exchanges would, you know, work. Stopping it at this point is like slipping you car into reverse on the highway. It’s such a bad idea that the state of Washington has already said they will not implement it.

So why is Obama trying to sell this snake oil? Well, as McCardle points out, there really isn’t a Plan B. The process has advanced so far and the individual market is so delicate right now, that we really don’t have a good option. Obama has driven us into a ditch with no way out.

No matter what happens from now on, I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of individual insurance policies. By the time Obama leaves office, your choices will be Medicaid or employer insurance. And maybe that was the intention all along.

Democrats Do What Democrats Do

The GOP’s shutdown strategy has predictably failed. Obamacare, despite its disastrous opening, is not going anywhere. The GOP is hemorrhaging at the polls and taking blame for the situation. The business community is bringing increasing pressure on the GOP to make a deal. So for the last few days, the GOP and Obama have been in talks about both the short- and long-term deals they want to make, starting with raising the debt limit.

If you’ve been watching American politics for a while, you are waiting for the other shoe to drop: when are the Democrats going to overplay their hand? Well, wait no more:

Senate Republicans are holding the line against Democratic demands for a framework to alleviate the across-the-board spending cuts established by sequestration as part of any deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

In talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the main sticking point is now where to establish funding levels for the federal government and for how long. The Republican offer made on Friday — to set spending at sequestration levels of $988 billion for the next six months -– was rejected by Reid and others on Saturday on the grounds that it was too favorable to the GOP position and discouraged future negotiations.

By Sunday morning, little notable progress toward a resolution had been made. McConnell, according to sources, was adamant that the spending cuts of sequestration be maintained in any final arrangement.

This is stupid. The push for the last few weeks has been to pass a clean continuing resolution — that is funding the government at its current level while a long-term budget is worked out. That long-term deal could include a relaxation of the sequester … but only in exchange for statutory changes to entitlements that address the massive long-term deficits.

The debt ceiling, however, is only four days away making the wisdom or folly of the sequester irrelevant. For the Democrats to drag this out now is not only ridiculous, it’s politically stupid. The GOP has been getting beat up on the shutdown. Now the Dems are determined that they too must look like idiots.

I would be surprised but … this is utterly consistent with everything we’ve come to expect from the Democrats.

Update: If you want a laugh, trip over to some liberal blogs and witness everyone who has spent the last two weeks talking about petty and vindictive the GOP is suddenly claiming that this is reasonable because the Republicans should be hurt for the shutdown. Notice also how they are re-inventing facts, ignoring that the CR that we’ve been debating for the past three weeks funded the government at sequestration levels.

You are just to stupid to handle the truth, serfs.

Honestly, these crooks didn’t mean to destroy evidence that would show how they targeted political enemies of this administration, because the trail might lead back to the top. It’s SOP to get rid of these records after 3 months anyway…

Convenient! It’s also just a coincidence that Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party candidate that seriously scared the left in Delaware, has some unknown entity trigger the IRS to put a lien against property she didn’t even own anymore, costing her the campaign. Since O’Donnell ran on a platform that advocated fiscal responsibility, having her targeted by the IRS in such a fashion, sure gave the left a great excuse to undermine her campaign. And it worked like a charm. But we are to believe that this incident, and the many others that are not getting any coverage from the LSM, are pure coincidence, and that any of us that point out the abuse of power to help rig so many elections in favor of Team Blue, are just kooky conspiracist.

The IRS agents, with the documents that would prove them the political hacks and liars they are conveniently destroyed, want us to believe that they didn’t breach O’Donnell’s rights before they put the lien against her property. I call bullshit. These IRS agents sure as hell were quick to issue that tax lien against her. That they then went back to fish for more shit they could disclose to undermine her campaign is now being used to pretend they didn’t breach her rights in the first place. Granted, we are dealing with agents of the state and neither accuracy nor ethics matter to these scumbags, but there is no defense for what they did. There is something seriously wrong here, and if we do not see people not only fired, but incarcerated for these criminal acts, we can kiss voting in our republic goodbye.

This last election proved to me that we now live in a banana republic and that nothing, abso-fucking-lutely nothing, is beyond democrats and their lust for power and political office. But they did it because they mean well. They are progressives! They want what’s best for us all, and if that means they need to break laws and impose laws on us that leave us all serfs to the state, it’s all good.

As I told people when they told me how refreshing it was to finally get rid of evil and stupid Boosh; the democrats, once in power, will dissuade anyone of the stupid notion that republicans are the ones that are evil and stupid, with real evil and incredibly stupid acts. The sad thing is that while I get to say “I told you so” the cost to us all for that little pleasure is just staggering. Some day the truth will come out, and then we will find out the orders came from the very top.

IRS Scandal update: FBI doing what?

According to the attorneys representing the groups screwed over by the IRS before the 2012 elections the FBI is doing “Zilch” despite this investigation being promised close to two months ago. From the article:

More than a month and a half after it was announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would launch an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups, the groups and their legal representatives are still waiting to hear from the FBI.

Cleta Mitchell, an attorney representing nine tea party groups who were targeted by the IRS, told CNSNews.com that she has not heard from the FBI regarding the case and questions whether an investigation is actually underway.

“I have no reason to believe there is an investigation. It appears to me the Obama administration is only talking to itself,” Mitchell stated in an e-mail.

Mitchell and her clients are far from the only ones who are still left in the dark.

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Executive Director Jordan Sekulow, whose organization now represents 41 tea party groups in a case against the IRS, told CNSNews.com that they, too, are waiting to hear anything pertaining to the investigation.

“To date, none of our clients or any of our attorneys has been contacted by the FBI. The Director continues to assert that this is a priority for the Bureau, but at this point, there’s little evidence to suggest that this probe is on the fast track,” Mr. Sekulow wrote. “There has been no contact with any of the 41 conservative organizations we represent – the real victims of this IRS targeting scheme. Our expanded lawsuit continues to move forward.”

Not sure why this is news to anyone. The rats cannot investigate each other. If they start doing this, even if not in earnest, it might unravel on them and the crooks might all turn on each other hoping to sell someone else out in order to save their own skin. And they want none of that. So the FBI will interview nobody but claim they investigated and say they found nothing wrong. Just like the other departments involved in other scandals have been doing for going on 5 years now. And the LSM will lap it up and report that all is well in Black Jesus’ kingdom.

Don’t run afoul of these crooks. We are no longer a nation of laws, and justice only exists for the connected few. Ask Zimmerman.