At the moment, chatter on the right sounds an awful lot like this:
If the president acts by executive order to legalize the status of anyone in this country illegally, he should be impeached.
Since the president unilaterally decided to delay implementation of the Obamacare employer mandate, he deserves to be impeached.
DON'T GET US WRONG. WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING IT ALL UP TO RAISE MONEY.
Try as they might,
But Democrats did not hallucinate the idea that Republicans are making threats. They have simply turned it to their advantage, which has outraged their political foes.
The funereally grave conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer probably expressed as well as anyone the conflicted Republican relationship with impeachment.
On a recent Fox News show, he accused the Obama
However, he added, "I would be 100% against impeachment because it would be political suicide."
The thing is, Democrats can play that game, too. And they have been smart about stealing the impeachment idea: Republicans want to impeach the president; give us money to fight them off.
Joe Klein of Time magazine wrote that the White House is "playing with fire" by talking up impeachment, "raising the heat in a country that is already brain-fried by partisan frenzy. There is something unseemly, and unprecedented, about an administration saying 'Bring it on' when it comes to impeachment."
He may have a point -- perhaps the White House should rise above the silliness rather than stating, as White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer did the other day, that Republican House Speaker
But polls show that Republicans are far more enthusiastic about the coming midterm elections than Democrats. If the Democrats hope to hold on to the
As it turns out, it's Republicans like Palin who have been playing with fire. Democrats have turned the tables on the GOP, kung-fu style, and are using impeachment blather to their advantage.
Grasping that they have been outmaneuvered, Republicans have been struggling to change the subject, or at least muddy the conversation.
My colleague Michael Memoli reported Tuesday that Boehner dismissed impeachment talk as nothing more than "a scam" by Democrats aiming to raise money.
If it's a scam, it's one that Republicans delivered to Democrats on a silver platter, slathered in whipped cream, with a cherry on top.