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The GOPís Backdoor Impeachment Scheme (huh?)
Daily Beast ^ | 10-14-13 | LLoyd Green

Posted on 10/14/2013 4:49:27 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat

Republicans have lost at the ballot box and the Supreme Court, so they’ve decided to nullify President Obama another way: keep his government from working, period.

The dance over the debt ceiling and the fight over the government shutdown are nothing less than impeachment on the cheap: a chance to negate the will of the majority by ostensibly placating the letter of the law. Unable to win the last two presidential elections or to persuade a Supreme Court majority that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, House Republicans have arrived at a point where default and closure are the next best things. This combustible brew of race, class, and economic anxieties bubbles all too closely to the surface. 131013-grove-impeach-tease

The Jefferson Memorial is seen with its entry closed off in Washington October 1, 2013. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

These days, the GOP comes across as hating Obamacare more than loving their countrymen, and the nation is returning that ire (PDF). Less than a quarter of Americans view the Republicans favorably, and a majority dislikes them, three-in-10 intensely. The GOP’s goal of recapturing the Senate in 2014 is now looking more like a dream than a reality, as Republicans are “forced to explain why they are not to blame and why Americans should trust them to govern both houses of Congress when the one they do run is in such disarray.” Indeed.

Unfortunately, the calamity of a potential default has tempered neither judgment nor passion. On Saturday, Ted Cruz—the man who lit the match, won the Values Voters Straw Poll with 42 percent of the vote. Channeling her inner Glenn Beck, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) concluded that the President “committed impeachable offenses.” Bachmann also proclaimed that civil disobedience was a potential response to Obama’s “thuggery,” and compared the Obama presidency to Egypt’s deposed Muslim Brotherhood.

Political pundit and former Nixon and Reagan White House speechwriter Pat Buchanan may well have captured the mood of the Republican base, as he the writes of the spirit of secession sweeping the red states. Unfortunately, Buchanan is not engaging in idle hyperbole or in simple wishful thinking.

Even before the 2012 election, fuses were running short. Texas Governor Rick Perry mused about the possibility of secession, and after Mitt Romney’s loss last November more than 125,000 Texans petitioned the White House to secede. Secession also touchéd nerves in a slew of other states, including Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The spirit of the Civil War endures.

The present divide is almost theological, and 2013’s government shutdown is not a mere replay of Newt Gingrich’s temper tantrum. According to Rutgers University’s Ross K. Baker, this time “it really does feel like they’re arguing over Biblical interpretation and each side looks at the other as some kind of apostate. And we know how long religious wars can last.”

Race, class and anxiety can roil. On his New York Times blog, Tom Edsall captured the fears of the Republican base that a majority of minority constituencies will siphon the nation’s wealth before the Republican base can get “theirs” in retirement.

But, the Democrats are also haunted by similar concerns. The downstairs portion of the Democratic base is increasingly beset by debt and disillusion. Although culturally empowered, it sees an economy growing too slowly to satisfy expectations, and a government incapable of meeting its much touted promises.

As PBS radio host Tavis Smiley acknowledged in a debate with Fox’s Sean Hannity, black Americans are not better off five years into the Obama presidency. According to Smiley, “The data is going to indicate, sadly, that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category. … The president ought to be held responsible.”

Indeed, lost in the din of the shutdown is Obamacare’s failed rollout. The $400 million website devoted to signing up Americans in search of insurance has become a user-unfriendly nightmare. The site signed up only 51,000 people in its first week, but needs to enroll seven million people by March 2014 for Obamacare to emerge as economically viable. At its present rate, only two million Americans will have joined by the March deadline.

Whether cultural fissures are always there, but only submerged in times of prosperity, or if the end of prosperity and demographic shifts amplify cultural divisions as a proxy for economic anxiety is like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg. Regardless, in a multi-polarized society, with lots of potential pluralities, but no path to grow, tried and true ideologies—especially those evoking bygone eras—must evolve or die.

And right now, the Republicans don’t know which way to turn or whom to cannibalize next. Having failed to bring Obama to his knees, the House GOP is now clamoring for “entitlement reform,” which in simple English translates as sticking it to the elderly. But for the Republicans, that’s a problem.

The elderly and the white working class comprise the party’s core, and the elderly and the white working class are hostile to linking entitlements to the resolution of the current impasse. According to a recent National Journal poll, 70 percent of whites without college degrees, and more than four-in-five white seniors say any debt deal should not deal with Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.

And so, it has come down to this, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) engaging in tense last-minute negotiations with an eye toward passing a compromise that the House would enact, all before the debt ceiling is breached.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told the press, “We have to get something out of this,” even as he acknowledged, “I don’t know what that even is.” Regardless, Stutzman made clear that “we’re not going to be disrespected.”

In Fatal Attraction, Glenn Close boiled a bunny because Michael Douglas disrespected her. Now, instead of sticking a rabbit in the pot, a congressional minority now feels that it is time to microwave the entire country—respectfully, of course.

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Lloyd Green was the opposition research counsel to the George H.W. Bush campaign in 1988, and served in the Department of Justice between 1990 and 1992.

For inquiries, please contact The Daily Beast at editorial@thedailybeast.com.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: batsinthebelfry; stunedwithbeeber
Ohhkaaaaaaay....
1 posted on 10/14/2013 4:49:27 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: RKBA Democrat
they’ve decided to nullify President Obama another way: keep his government from working

His government? Yeah, well that's a good place to stop reading.

2 posted on 10/14/2013 4:54:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: RKBA Democrat

Conservatives hate the republicans because they dont ever seem to go far enough. I think they are reading this wrong...


3 posted on 10/14/2013 4:55:56 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: RKBA Democrat
Well, Barry is a back door man
4 posted on 10/14/2013 4:56:29 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: RKBA Democrat
"...a chance to negate the will of the majority..."

Uh, a majority of equally populated Congressional Districts gave the GOP(e) the power of the purse.

Isn't Democracy Wonderful?

The Congressional District referendum model makes it harder to stuff the ballot box.

5 posted on 10/14/2013 4:57:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RKBA Democrat

Green sounds like a nutcase that was banned from DU for posts even to leftist for them.


6 posted on 10/14/2013 5:00:56 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Paladin2
Uh, a majority of equally populated Congressional Districts gave the GOP(e) the power of the purse.

They conveniently manage to forget that part.
7 posted on 10/14/2013 5:01:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RKBA Democrat

While ObastardCare is law, and upheld by the subprime court, the current congress is not obligated to fund any part of a law they did not vote on. It was an act of the previous congress, and the next congress can if it so chooses to fund ObastardCare to not fund it.


8 posted on 10/14/2013 5:10:15 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: RKBA Democrat

9 posted on 10/14/2013 5:12:48 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: RKBA Democrat
This quote from your second paragraph shows just how perceptive you are: “ . . . a chance to negate the will of the majority.”
You must be relying on some poll that I have not seen if you regard “Obama Care,” as the will of the majority.
And, if you are so obsessed with the law of the majority prevailing, why does your president selectively enforce laws that thwart the will of that majority?
10 posted on 10/14/2013 5:18:54 PM PDT by Focused Fury
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To: jazusamo

the article points out that he is a Bush41 man.


11 posted on 10/14/2013 5:20:56 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (WWLD? What would LaRussa do?)
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To: RKBA Democrat
The elderly and the white working class comprise the party’s core, and

But wait, I thought the democrats were the party of the "working man" and (R)s wanted to push grandma off of a cliff?

12 posted on 10/14/2013 5:35:02 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Screw the back door. I say serve him with Impeachment Papers right at the FRONT door of the White House.


13 posted on 10/14/2013 5:36:13 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Yep, I saw that and it doesn’t change anything.


14 posted on 10/14/2013 5:37:42 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Hey, buddy, we actually do not have to like this president, and we can, by law, do anything necessary to stop his dictatorship-dreams from becoming reality. Remember, ‘dissent is patriotic.’ Remember??


15 posted on 10/14/2013 5:51:11 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Lazamataz

While I understand the feeling, might I recommend that we take the Senate in 2014 and THEN start Impeachment. Doing it now will only give us another Clinton like impeachment.


16 posted on 10/14/2013 5:54:30 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: smoothsailing

Exactly where I did....life is too short...


17 posted on 10/14/2013 6:03:48 PM PDT by Shady (It is called LIBERTY...Freedom linked to Responsibility. Any questions?)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Hard to believe how low the standards must be in “journalism” school.


18 posted on 10/14/2013 6:35:27 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Was Lloyd born stupid? Or,is this the result of massive head trama in later life?


19 posted on 10/14/2013 6:42:05 PM PDT by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat VEGETABLES!)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Waaa waaaa waaaaaaa.

The Left impeached Nixon and celebrated that for the next 40 years.

Obama and LBJ ain’t saints.


20 posted on 10/14/2013 6:48:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Correction, the Left PUSHED to impeach Nixon (who resigned).


21 posted on 10/14/2013 6:49:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

Want to solve the debt problem, party division, ease racial tensions, reduce the size of the government, get rid of the Muslim spies in our midst, bring morale back to your military, preserve our constitutional rights, take away the fear you feel daily? Its easy. - Impeach the Muslim President. He’s a cancer to our way of life.


22 posted on 10/14/2013 7:47:22 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

^ Forgot the biggie...get rid of Obamacare


23 posted on 10/14/2013 7:51:31 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: RKBA Democrat
I wonder just how this comedian Lloyd Green (what's a Lloyd Green?) feels about the way Obamacare was "passed" constitutionally.

If I could find the old thread about how it was passed behind locked doors, who actually wrote the bill no one read before passing it, and the final violation of reason, gutting a bill already passed by the house, and inserting the Obamanation before claiming Obamacare originated in the House, as Constitutionally required.

Yeah. Those nasty Republicans can sure come up with tricky "Constitutional" gymnastics!.

24 posted on 10/14/2013 9:40:16 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: bboop
Remember, ‘dissent is patriotic.’ Remember??

"HILLARY APRIL 28, 2003: (screeching)

"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, "WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!""

25 posted on 10/14/2013 9:51:00 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911

Good quote to remember, thanks.


26 posted on 10/15/2013 9:10:01 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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