Tuesday was another great day for casually talking about how the heck to impeach the president for something something
presidenting while black something. But then, isn’t every day? Of course! But Tuesday was extra special, as a who’s who of congressional derp held a hearing cleverly titled “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” That’s congressional fancy talk for impeachment.
They didn’t use that word, of course. Republican leaders frown on such labeling because it makes the House majority look, well, crazy.
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.”
Well, sure. It would be déclassé and uncouth and simply not done, dahhhhling, to say
impeachment that word at a hearing to talk about impeachment that word, especially when nearly half the Republicans on the committee, plus several of their non-committee pals in the House and the Senate, have openly suggested that wording the president for IRSgate. Or Benghazigate. Or comingforourgunsgate. Or beingblackgate. Like Rep. Trey Radel (R-Rehab), who wanted to that word the president for, um, gun stuff. And Rep. Steve Stockman — whom Dana Milbank describes as “exotic,” which makes us want to drink lots of bleach — has been passing impeachment notes in class for attacking his gun freedoms.
Lest you think this hearing sounds all kinds of crazy, nope! They had Serious People witnessing at the hearing to lawsplain how the president is THE WORST.
George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley said Obama had “claimed the right of the king to essentially stand above the law.”
This apparently caused Rep. Trent Franks (R-Nazi Germany) to make a dookie of joy in his pants, since he’s been into impeaching the president since before it was cool.
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Obama’s actions, he said, “could be considered royal prerogatives, which is, if my history’s right, what we had that little unpleasantness with Great Britain about.”
Okay! So this hearing might not have been about
impeachment that word so much as a strategy session about how to do revolution to America to unseat the tyrannical King Obama. That makes it sound even more not crazy.
There’s just one little problem with that, as Rep. Blake Farenthold noted. He’s the geeeeenius who’s been boasting for months that Congress could full-on impeach the president — they’ve totes got the votes in the House — if it weren’t for that meddling Senate. And that damned Senate is still the problem, he sighed sadly into his own puddle of drool:
“We’ve also talked about the I-word, impeachment, which I don’t think would get past the Senate in the current climate. … Is there anything else we can do?”
Sorry, Blake, but no. No, there is still nothing you can do to magically make the president not the president even though you are pretty damned sure he should not be the president because, uh, stuff. But don’t be too discouraged. Even though you are a member of the laziest sack of Congress that ever congressed, Speaker John Boehner said you’re doing a heckuva job:
“The House has continued to listen to the American people and to focus on their concerns,” Boehner told reporters. “Whether it’s the economy, whether it’s jobs, whether it’s protecting the American people from Obamacare — we’ve done our work.”
We’re sure having quiet little I-word meetings is what he meant.