Journalist and radio host Aaron Klein and blogger Brenda Elliott have coauthored a new book, ”Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office” which they plan on hand delivering to lawmakers next month when they return to Congress from their August break. Klein was invited on to Fox And Friends this morning to talk about his the case for impeachment.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: It’s Not Crazy to Talk about Impeachment:
Outside of Cruz and a handful of likeminded upstarts, when the topic involves accountability, congressmen’s default mode is evasion. Nevertheless, Coburn did not duck. He answered: “I don’t have the legal background to know” whether the “serious things” raised by the voter “rise to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ But I think you’re getting perilously close.”
On cue, Obama’s media cried foul. And it really is Obama’s media: The main push-back came from David Axelrod, formerly the top Obama White House spinmeister. Through the familiar lefty-political-operative-turns-lefty-media-operative revolving door, Axelrod is now an NBC/MSNBC spinmeister. He belittled Coburn’s “considered legal opinion as an obstetrician” — which is the thanks the self-deprecating Coburn gets for conceding his lack of legal training. He then accused the senator of spreading “a kind of virus that has infected our politics” . . . which, I suppose, is Axelrod’s considered medical opinion as a windbag.
As it happens, both Coburn and Axelrod are wrong. Impeachment is not a legal matter; it is a political remedy. But law is how the Left strangles politics. Alexis de Tocqueville foresaw the enervation of democratic society at the hands of the Left’s vast, hyper-regulatory administrative state. In parallel, the political vitality of a once self-determining culture is suffocated by the ubiquity of the litigator’s trick bag.
Mr. Cruz suggested in an e-mail that impeachment might not be the best course of action for Republicans. “The media’s focus on impeachment is interesting,” he said. “But our best approach is to use those tools provided by the Constitution to rein in the executive, starting with the national effort to defund Obamacare.”
When President George W. Bush was in office, many liberal groups and some Democrats clamored for impeachment proceedings, largely over the Iraq war. But the House speaker at the time, Nancy Pelosi, never entertained the idea, calling it “off the table” more than once.
The issue, though, can be just the sort of red meat that constituents throw on the town hall grill when meeting with members, especially in the most conservative Congressional districts. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a conservative former prosecutor, acknowledges that voters raise the issue with him, which he said he deflects with, “Have you met Joe Biden?” The exchange usually ends with laughter.
Washington Post: Jindal on impeaching Obama: ‘I reject that kind of talk’:
Asked Sunday about recent comments from some Republican lawmakers on impeaching President Obama, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “I reject that kind of talk.”
The Republican governor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that although he disagrees with Obama’s policies, “instead of talking about impeachment,” he preferred “a legitimate debate.” Talking points he said he’d rather discuss included healthcare and education, which he called “the next great civil rights fight.”
Thomas Lifson, The American Thinker: Progressives fulminating over impeachment talk:
Progressives are having conniption fits, sputtering with indignation over growing talk about impeachment as the constitutional remedy for President Obama’s flouting of the law, most prominently in declaring that he will not enforce certain aspects of Obamacare out of his own political convenience. The founders clearly understood the need for a political remedy when an executive behaved outside the bounds of the law.
Ed Rogers, the Washington Post: The impeachment talk that won’t go away:
[T]he president is stoking through his willful flaunting of the law can’t be denied. Perhaps the former constitutional law professor has overreached and decided that the Constitution is more flexible than he once thought. His misdeeds are increasingly being detailed by commentators, even those who are not marginalized conservatives. No less than Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) – who is particularly bright and well-regarded – has broached the issue and is raising the notion that impeachment is conceivable. This drew a sharp rebuke - rather than a laugh – from David Axelrod, suggesting that perhaps Senator Coburn hit a nerve.
The bothersome reality is that President Obama is inventing new laws, selectively choosing to enforce laws he likes and ignoring or amending the ones he doesn’t. Many writers, from George Will to Jeffrey Anderson to Charles Krauthammer have written about the president’s increasing lawlessness. What is the penalty for this? How is it supposed to be investigated? We are close to uncharted constitutional territory.