Well, you can’t fault the White House for trying. They promised transparency and boy, is this one transparent!
As you likely know, Speaker Boehner is suing and Sarah Palin called for Obama’s impeachment. Boehner is suing over Obama’s overuse of Executive Orders. On Thursday, the House Rules Committee gave Boehner the gift of authorizing a lawsuit to test Obama’s order waiving the employer mandate part of Obamacare. In early July Palin wrote, “Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.’” She added, “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”
When I saw the latest email from the Obama camp, I saved it because of the way the message read. I thought it was funny in the way it tried to come off as hip and cool, something this administration often does. You know; hanging with Jay Z and Beyonce, giving his NBA playoff predictions, Pajama Boy, late night interviews and Funny or Die videos. The email graphic shows Boehner with the words, “John Boehner wants to sue the president.” Then Sarah Palin with, “Sarah Palin (remember her?) wants to impeach him.” Below that the aggravating, “If you don’t get the president’s back right now and help elect democrats then we let these guys win.” Can you imagine Reagan or Bush’s people telling citizens they need to “get the president’s back?” Aside from that, I thought, “How strange that they’ve been totally silent on this stuff and now they bring it up?”
On Friday at a reporters breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer made, in my opinion, a well-calculated comment. He said that after the Summer break, President Obama will be using executive orders to take “very significant” action on immigration reform.
“The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point,” said Mr. Pfeiffer.
Well now, imagine that. Good thing he brought up impeachment since no one else had. Boehner’s people spotted it for what it was. “This is a fundraising exercise for Democrats,” said Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman. “It is telling, and sad, that a senior White House official is focused on political games, rather than helping these kids and securing the border.”
Pfeiffer also brought up a CNN/ORC poll out Friday that shows 35 percent of Americans actually want Obama impeached while 57 percent of Republicans do. Again, this is something they would ordinarily ignore. The White House has made a habit of blissfully ignoring anything that suggests all is not perfect. The dastardly Republicans are always the bad guy and America always stands with this president. Most recently, the administration has completely ignored the fact that Americans are fed up with the border crisis. They blame the Republicans for the crisis and applaud the idea of more executive action because “that’s what America wants.” Some, like Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), actually believes the crisis will help Democrats. “The more they harp, the more they do their theatrics, the more they single out this community, the racial undercurrent and tones of this become more and more prominent,” he said.
The White House is well aware of the fact that Boehner has said he has no interest in impeaching Obama. But, make no mistake, the topic of impeachment was not only brought up but pushed. Linda Feldmann of Christian Science Monitor points out the Democrats love that Palin is leading the charge to impeach. “[Palin, a] tea party rabble-rouser still knows how to grab headlines. And when she brings up the “I-word,” you can be sure a Democratic fundraising e-mail isn’t far behind.” Sure enough, Feldmann called that one. She quotes one email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that I haven’t seen, “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment.” It goes on, “A top White House official just said that ‘Speaker Boehner … has opened the door to impeachment ….’ ”
The impeachment talk didn’t end with the emails and Pfeiffer. Later in the afternoon, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked if anyone in the Republican leadership was seriously talking impeachment. Earnest answered, “Well, I think Sarah Palin considers herself to be a leader.” After throwing that little dig at Palin, he said, “. . . . I think that there are some Republicans, including some Republicans who are running for office, hoping they can get into office so that they can impeach the president. That is apparently a view that they hold, because it’s one that they have repeatedly expressed publicly.” And there it is. Mark Sappenfield of Christian Science Monitor writes, “Linking opposition to executive action to impeachment is a way of trying to paint opponents as right-wing radicals.”
The Democrats are making a gross miscalculation. They appear to think this will go the way of Bill Clinton. While the impeachment of Clinton rattled their base, Obama’s approval ratings are nowhere near Clinton’s at the time. Clinton had a 63 percent approval rating prior to the approval of the two articles of impeachment. After, it jumped by ten points. Those numbers were higher than even President Reagan. Between the obvious mismanagement of the country, failed foreign policy, multiple scandals and the sheer weakness of this president, his approval ratings are at 40 percent (Gallup July 24-26), his lowest having being 38 percent. This ploy might work if it was 2016 but it’s not and historically, Democrats don’t vote in the midterms as much as Republicans do. My concern is some Republicans won’t vote in November figuring the country is so frustrated, it’s in the bag. Let’s not do that, OK? I got your back.