Why Impeaching Obama is a Bad Idea


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Since we became aware the Joe Sestak was offered a position by the administration in exchange for dropping out of the race against Arlen Specter, there have been calls for impeachment.  Small at first, but growing in strength in the past week, these calls can threaten to derail the progress that we have been making.  In fact, I would submit that impeaching Obama is a terrible idea.  (Mind you, this is assuming that we win enough seats in November to even try.)

Impeachment puts Obama on the defense, and that might play to his strengths.  I like to keep in mind that Obama is really a community organizer.  He’s not a leader, or a “uniter,” he’s an Alinskyite-to the bone.  Part of their game is to portray themselves as the victim(s), and their opposition as the “oppressor.”  While Obama doesn’t know how to speak without a prompter, go to a foreign country without bowing to someone, or how to handle a national crisis, he does know how to distort, lie, deflect, smear, and pay power politics with people.  Those are his strengths, and impeaching him pushes him right back onto them.

Put him on the defensive, and we might just get to see what he is really good at.  Race cards will be played.  Narratives will be written and rewritten.  The MSM will fabricate or selectively cover whatever it takes to defend Obama. Rent-a-mob will be purchased and deployed.   The people prompting the impeachment will find themselves on the defensive in short order.  Also, don’t forget that in politics, it’s always easier to play to role of the “principled defense.”  Just ask the GOP.  They’ve been able to stay on message as a united front (with the exception of some RINOs).  For that, they’re polling higher, and are looking to make some significant gains come November.

Putting him “under attack” will also likely energize his base.  They’re not so active right now.  They had to pay Purple People Beaters to show up for Martha Coakley in January.  They probably had to pay the People Beaters to show up and scare the stuffing out of a teenager last week.  However, threaten his presidency, and the zombies will awaken.  That might put us on the defensive…literally (not that particularly bothers me, I see it as an eventuality anyway) .

Another reason to avoid impeachment is that it takes us off message and task.  No matter what, our agenda should be put forward.  Lower taxes, less spending, smaller government, school choice, repealing ObamaCare, and repairing the damage that Obama has caused should be front and center.  Impeaching Obama will take time and political capital, both of which are in short supply, and neither can be squandered.  The stakes are simply too high.  We either stop correcting damage, and getting the country back on track, or we spend time trying to remove a sitting President; a task that has never been accomplished.

The third reason centers on the fact that Obama is failing already.  He’s taking heat for the slow reaction time on the oil spill.  He is increasing alienating his lapdogs in the media, and they’re starting to notice.  All the “Easter Eggs” that were in ObamaCare are becoming public.  He is now a laughing stock overseas, and belligerent nations are taking his presidency as an excuse to become more aggressive.  They can say that the economy and jobs are getting better, but Main Street says otherwise, and a few hundred thousand-census workers are about to lose their jobs.  Democratic candidates are running against him, and treat him like the plague.  In fact, almost every candidate that he has campaigned for has lost.  It’s not an impressive record.  It’s going to get worse, and more and more people are noticing.  If you impeach him, you actually distract from his own record of failure, making him the victim instead of Jimmy Carter 2.0.

I’ve often said that Obama, in and of himself,  is irrelevant.  He’s only the latest “progressive” that’s trying to destroy the Republic.  Clinton, Kerry, or any other Democrat could have won, and we’d be still facing the same challenges that we are tackling now.  It’s the agenda that we need to target, not the man.  If we stick with ideas, people will see what a disaster the Obama Presidency is, and will continue to be.  Impeach him, and it becomes personal, and he can use his skills to make himself a sympathetic character that is being set upon by those “evil Conservatives that don’t want a black man to be president.”

Don’t play into his hands.  Instead, let’s send him home in January of 2013 as a failure-because he is.  Let’s also make sure take he takes failed, statist  ideas with him as well.

Consider this an open thread.

  • Don

    Matt, you raise some excellent points here, my friend. However I must say that you forgot one reason not to impeach Obama. Doing so would mean that my 17 month old baby daughter would have to grow up and learn that Joe Biden was the 45th President of the United States. It is bad enough to have Obama on that list, but to add insult to injury by have Joe “Plugs” Biden on the list would be a very sad thing indeed. He was arguably the dumbest man in the Senate, he continues to be the dumbest man in the Vice Presidency, so let’s not give him the chance for a hat trick.

    • The cool thing about it would be that no TOTUS can contain Biden’s fail. He’d be a gaffe machine with one!

  • You right Matt. We can’t let the focus be about Obama. The focus needs to be about fixing the country and getting it back on track. That is what will win over those who are still on the fence.

    • Aboslutely! Thanks Trestin!

  • Great post Matt, while I would love to see Obama impeached, we must not get distracted by it. It is more important to take back congress and stop Obama’s agenda than it is to impeach him. Republicans must stay focused on the issues. Winning back congress will neutralize Obama and that is what is most important.

    • Thanks Steve. I just see it as a huge waste of time.

  • Another solid post Matt. I’m in total agreement with you. We need to be attacking the ideology of the progressives and not the person. It is the ideology that threatens the Republic. In a way if you impeach him, he becomes a martyr for the progressive cause and in a few years we will see another progressive rise to political prominence and we will start this cycle all over again.

    It is the ideology that must be defeated and it is working. People are starting to see that progressivism and liberal ideas are extremely flawed. This is where we need to keep the heat up. We gain nothing with political grandstanding.

    • Yes! Thanks for articulating that better than I.

  • Yeah, the thing about impeachment is that it is not a legal tool in the same sense that an actual criminal trial is. Impeachment is a political tool and thus it can be distorted in myriad ways.

    Politically, 1998 went really poorly and a lot of that could be chalked up to the impeachment nonsense the GOP got itself wrapped up in. The Republicans need to keep their eye on the ball, which is to kick ass in 2010 and push very hard for repeal of ObamaCare.

    Good post, Matt.

    • Thanks King Shamus. I agree with the point that impeachment is a a purely political process.

  • Agreed. To impeach Obama is the “not right now” idea. We must concentrate on getting decent, or rather DECENT, conservatives in Congress. They can muzzle the communist dragon until we can purge the lot next cycle. We must fix the country. Criminal prosecution? Now, that one I like. If we can get an iron-clad case and remove them all, now we’re talking. I won’t mention the “all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC’ thing, I know we all know the meaning of that idea.

    • I agree. If they can get him on something real, and really have an ironclad case, they should. Otherwise, we need to defeat the agenda. thanks!

  • Great post and so right on. I never thought about it that way. You’ve changed my thinking.

    • Thanks Jackie, that means a lot.

  • I like him right where he is, until 2012. But I have to say I like him on the defensive, as it shows his arrogance and manipulativeness and stupidity, and I think it plays into the country’s growing anger at him.

    I do, however, share your views that having him on the defensive will organize his base, but this isn’t so bad. I’m more than confident to say that with conservative activism is now alive and well in this country; we’ve learned from the community organizers, and, given the success of the TEA Party movement, I dare say we do a damned fine job of fighting back AND STILL going to work and earning the money and making the purchases that keep this country running.

    • You’re right about the TEA Parties. I’m hearing people talking about ObamaCare all over the place. And I’m not the only one making that observation. There is a great awakening underway. Keeping Obama in office helps that along. The more he screws up, the more people tune into the founders.

  • When Bill Clinton was impeached it did little more that make people think that he was being unfairly persecuted and he didn’t have a race flag to wave around. The best thing for our country would be to send back to Washington enough committed servants to overhaul Washington. An intelligent committed congress would go a long way to undoing Obama’s errant deeds.

    As it is right now both parties are talking about the lack of experience of some of these candidates for Congress. Normally I would want some political skill. Right now I would settle for honesty, integrity, and commitment. As of today I am hopeful but I also know how apathetic people can become and how fickle.

    The only real action that needs to be taken with regard to Sestak is to shine the light on Obama’s people. Good questions are sometimes far better than accusations and threats.

    • I know what you man Ken. The process would be ugly, and intimately unsuccessful. In the end, months would be wasted on a futile effort.

      I’m with you on the experience. At this point, I’m equating experience with working the system. That seems to be the pattern. New folks get sucked into the machine, and are corrupted. If we overwhelm that machine with committed people, they might just tip the balance back to us.

  • MK

    “If we stick with ideas, people will see what a disaster the Obama Presidency is, and will continue to be.”

    Not to mention what a disaster giving your vote to a liberal is. We have to learn from pain and discomfort, seems that’s the only way we’ll learn.

    • By the time this is all over, most all Americans will hopefully know the phrase, “Elections have consequences.”

  • Don

    I just read on another blog something that sent shivers up my spine. If Biden is neck deep in this, that could possibly mean we have Pelosi as CiC. Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I cannot find the words to describe that event. Seriously, just can’t do it.

      Do you have a linky?

  • I hate to say it, but you’re right, Matt. Would probably be better to neutralize him as best we can.

    • If we win in November, his agenda will be stopped (for the most part). Then, we make sure that we can keep the folks interesting in voting him out in 2012.