The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorize Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposing the measure. [Think Progress]
FOR THE first time in United States history the House of Representatives is suing a sitting president. That’s just one reason Nate Silver is nuts to write that “Democrats Are Way More Obsessed With Impeachment Than Republicans,” which is a preposterous theory. It proves statistic geeks should not make political pronouncements.
Silver makes comparisons between MSNBC and Fox News Channel to prove his thesis. He then compares what’s happening now to 2006 when Democrats talked about impeaching George W. Bush.
Basing impeachment talk on MSNBC or Fox News Channel leaves out the entire world of talk radio wingnuttery, which is vast.
Brian Buetler’s piece in New Republic schools Nate Silver.
2) Obama will be president for two and a half more years
For all their agonizing about Obama’s putative lawlessness, nothing he’s done so far has been tyrannical enough to invite impeachment, or so it seems. And if Obama never does anything again, it stands to reason he won’t be impeached. But Obama’s not planning on doing nothing. Most importantly, he intends to take more executive action to curtail deportations of low-priority unauthorized immigrants. When he announces his plan, the Republican appetite for impeachment will grow in proportion to the scope of the policy. If it’s a very broad action, more conservatives and Republicans will call for impeachment, testing Boehner’s control over his conference.
The U.S. Congress is as crazy as they are totally worthless to the American people. What a spectacle.
Democrats are raising money off of the impeachment talk that started on the Republican right years ago when they tried to make the case that Barack Obama wasn’t born in America. The latest foray was begun by Sarah Palin who has been proudly outspoken on the subject and is hardly the only one on the right that would love to spend the rest of President Obama’s term seeing if they can finally accomplish it.