Slack-jawed Obama haters can never give you a valid reason why the president should be impeached
Steve Benen PARSES the rhetoric of right-wing impeachment freaks:
Borrowing a page from Bill Maher, I’d like to establish a new rule: those who propose presidential impeachment should come up with some sort of coherent rationale for doing so. And before conservatives ask, no, “I don’t like Obama” is not an actual reason.
I remember the good old days — back in 2011 — when unhinged conservative Republicans in Congress used to come up with pretenses of high crimes when talking up presidential impeachment. Lately, they don’t even bother. Obama is the president; he’s a Democrat; the right doesn’t like him; ergo impeachment is a credible option. QED.
For the record…a variety of voices on the right raised the specter of impeaching President Obama over all sorts of things in recent years — immigration policy, czars, recess appointments, DOMA, Benghazi, legislative gridlock, Syria, and job offers, among other things. In the spring, congressional Republicans went a little further, talking up the possibility of impeaching the president over executive orders that don’t exist, gun control and even budget deficits.
Of course, none of these controversies point to actual presidential wrongdoing, and certainly don’t constitute “high crimes.”
Which is probably why folks like [Ted] Cruz and [Blake] Farenthold are making the transition — from talking about impeachment with cause to talking about impeachment for the heck of it.