"History will record," Dana Milbank reports in the Washington Post, "that on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary met to consider the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama."
They didn’t use that word, of course. Republican leaders frown on such labeling because it makes the House majority look, well, crazy. ...Milbank,WaPo
Looks as though the unending bitchery about the Affordable Care Act is not getting them what they want, so they've decided to ramp up the madness.
It is, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said from the dais, “the word that we don’t like to say in this committee, and I’m not about to utter here in this particular hearing.”
One of the majority’s witnesses, Georgetown law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz, encouraged the Republicans not to be so shy. “I don’t think you should be hesitant to speak the word in this room,” he said. “A check on executive lawlessness is impeachment." ...Milbank,WaPo
Is there anywhere they can go if an impeachment effort fizzles? Can they actually play with a "lawlessness" accusations without finding themselves in even deeper trouble?
Of course, if they manage to pull this off in the House, there isn't much hope of the Senate smiling kindly on their looniness. Even in the matter of whether President Obama is upholding the Constitution, they've got W's "decider" lawlessness hanging around their necks.
The unanimous view among Republicans was that Obama had not done his duty, and it’s true that this president has stretched the bounds of executive authority almost as much as his predecessor, whose abuses bothered Republicans much less (and Democrats much more).
But what to do about it? They’ve failed at cutting off funding, they’ve had difficulty suing Obama in court and they lost the 2012 election. That basically leaves them with the option of making loud but ineffectual noises about high crimes and misdemeanors. ...Milbank,WaPo
In the end, we're looking at a bunch of cartoon pols living down to their reputations as time-wasting headline-courting buffoons.