Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Republicans Want Power Back

Republicans have been hinting of a GOP turn-around in Congress in 2011. One of the issues that they see on the table is the impeachment of President Obama.
Should the Republicans retake Congress, not only will they derail any chance at even incremental policy improvements, they will try to destroy the Obama presidency. All the president's efforts at making nice and crossing the aisle to form bipartisan consensus always were but the pursuit of a myth. Unilateral kneecapping. Unipartisanship. Call it what you will.
Michele Bachmann has raised the issue of impeachment.
And the thing is, here we are, people can’t wait until November. They’re practically lining up for polls now, they can’t wait to go out and vote. The only thing is people wish Barack Obama was up for re-election right now, because they’d honestly love to have a chance to throw him out of office. Everywhere I go, people ask me, “Michele, can we impeach the president?”
The issue of Republican control is important to Rep. Darrel Issa, who will chair the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, should the Republicans retake the House, this November. Issa wants subpoena power.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative firebrand whose specialty is lobbing corruption allegations at the Obama White House, is making plans to hire dozens of subpoena-wielding investigators if Republicans win the House this fall.

At a recent speech to Pennsylvania Republicans here, he boasted about what would happen if the GOP wins 39 seats, and he gets the power to subpoena.

“That will make all the difference in the world,” he told 400 applauding party members during a dinner at the chocolate-themed Hershey Lodge. “I won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.”

In other words, Issa wants to be to the Obama administration what Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) was to the Clinton administration — a subpoena machine in search of White House scandals.

Fox News as well as Matt Drudge and other right-wing pundits have also raised allegations of "an impeachable offense," against President Obama.

Right-wing media are comparing false allegations that the White House "bribed" Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) with an administration job to the Watergate scandal. In fact, legal experts have rejected the claims that such offers are a bribe or are illegal.

The Republican strategy is very different than the Democrats.

Democrats took impeachment off the table despite Bush having lied us into war, authorized torture and imposed police state surveillance. Some Republicans keep talking impeachment of President Obama, despite there being absolutely no grounds whatsoever. Let there be no doubt that should the Republicans retake either House of Congress, they will spend the rest of Obama's first term investigating absolutely any delusion they can hallucinate. The TV talk shows should be asking about it. Voters should be aware of it.

What is the agenda of the Republicans?

That’s the Republican agenda: Protect the corporate nobility, waste time and money on purely partisan witch hunts against Democrats, and ignore the needs of people.

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