GOP: Obama’s Impeachment Off The Table

This may anger many conservatives–especially those who don’t necessarily call themselves “Republicans”–but the GOP establishment has essentially said that impeaching Obama is off the table. As much as I despise this president, I have to agree with the decision.

According to The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard: “Despite anger in many quarters of the nation over the president’s prisoner swap, Republicans are backing off impeachment threats because they fear it would rally President Obama’s Democratic base and kill the GOP’s chances to win the Senate, according to congressional insiders and sources.”

Sources tell Bedard that the GOP establishment think that launching any impeachment efforts now would only rally the Democrats right before the 2014 general elections.

Though I am no fan of the GOP establishment, this is sensible thinking, really.

But I would also say that there is no point launching any impeachment efforts after the election, either.

Listen, I think it is 100% true that Obama’s main goal is to materially harm the United States of America. It is plain in his policies. He wants to hamper the economy, he wants to destroy our military, and he fully intends to bankrupt our energy industry. Obama’s goal is to leave this country in a materially damaged condition from when he took office.

He never had any interest in following the Constitution and intended since day one in abusing his regulatory policies to further harm our economy with regulations that strangle business. He was raised to despise the country but to use a Saul Alinsky-styled, communist-inspired tactic and any other power in his means to hurt the U.S. and to do so in the sneakiest, most underhanded way possible.

The tactics are well-known and fully documented in how they work. The tactic holds that the left can win by saying happy words to the stupid public while working to opposite ends in implementation of policy. It is not a “right-wing fantasy,” as many leftists charge, because folks like Alinsky have specifically detailed the process. His book “Rules for Radicals” is, in fact, a step-by-step guide to that end and Obama was raised on it.

Further Obama is the single biggest liar to ever infest the White House. This most anti-American president in American history, he has never once told the truth while in office, and he has time and again misled this nation as to his intentions.

And, no, his polices aren’t just “good faith–but innocently wrong headed–efforts to make the country work better. His goal is destruction. He wants to lay this country low, disempower it, allow other countries to gain a head start against us, and to make this country less than it was.

But, even with all that said, the only issue I mentioned above that we can specifically prove in a legalistic manner is his desire to destroy our energy industry. Of all the destructive things he’s done, that is the only one he directly and specifically noted that he intended to do. And that isn’t nearly enough to impeach a president.

Every other destructive policy he’s implemented can be explained away as honest attempts to help the country and even though they clearly aren’t, nearly 40 percent of the electorate will insist they are and will never support impeachment.

Like treason, impeachable offenses are very, very hard to prove. In fact, we have but to look at the two impeachments in our nation’s history to see how much of a waste of time such efforts are except in extraordinary incidents.

During the first one, President Andrew Johnson’s in 1866, right after the Civil War, the whole country–not just government–was controlled by the Republican Party fresh off winning the Civil War. And the GOP still couldn’t succeed in throwing the President out of office.

Then flash forward to Bill Clinton and, even though the charges brought against him were 100% provable and correct, not only could the party in power not succeed in deposing the President, nearly half the country didn’t support the effort throughout.

The point here is that the turmoil that impeachment brings is not worth the effort in the case of Obama–as it wasn’t in Johnson’s or Clinton’s.

We only have 2-1/2 years left and the smarter play is to just stall for time and obstruct him at every turn in Congress.

But GOP insiders are 100% right. An impeachment right no would bring Democrat voters to the polls in droves and would be parsed as nothing but “raaaaaacism.”

Further, there aren’t enough Republicans that would support the effort. Where there is no political will there is no moving forward.

Finally, the simple matter of fact is the U.S.A. has been dumbed down so much that we are no longer smart enough to stop this man and his destructive ways. Fully 50% of the electorate don’t understand why Obama is the anti-President. They just aren’t informed of history, they know nothing of the law, they aren’t interested in the American way of life, and they have no knowledge with which to measure this man’s jihad against this country. So, they assume it is mere politics, they side with their Democrat Party, and that is as far as they think about it.

The time to stop Obama was in 2008 and 2012. We failed both times. Now all we can do is ride it out, hope there is enough left of the country after he’s gone, and try to rebuild the U.S.A. after he’s mercifully gone.

Finally, I fully understand the direct point that we should impeach any president who has violated his office whether it would be an easy thing to do or not. Me, I’d love to see this president eliminated.

But impeachment is just as much a feeling as it is a legal thing and not enough in the country today have feelings strong enough to engage in an impeachment. Like I said, without the will it just cannot be done. We have to face reality; impeachment just ain’t gonna happen.

Worse, in the end, even if we did follow through, there is no way Obama would be removed. It would all be for nothing.

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  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    I am not a big advocate for impeaching the president, even though I believe he has committed impeachable offenses. The media bias in this country would turn the whole spectacle into an “Obama as victim” circus. The race card would come out and the country divided further along party and racial lines.

    I would prefer, if conservatives can retake the Senate and hold the House, to put together some investigations with teeth to them and the power to subpoena reluctant witnesses. To me, it’s more important to get to the bottom of the scandals of the last six years and see to preventing them from ever happening again.

    If and only if, the case cannot be made with subordinates and it became necessary to subpoena the president, which he would refuse, then and only then would I consider impeachment, because it could be demonstrated that it was not because of his color, but him stonewalling justice, that forced such an indictment.

    • Ken in Camarillo

      Nicely reasoned. I would differ only slightly. He should be impeached after the election (not conditioned on his refusal to respond to an investigation) in order to create a permanent and prominent record of his abuses. A well written Articles of Impeachment, along with a well argued case in the Senate, would create a record that would stand through the ages, This would be ever present to remind any who doubt, what the issues were, what abuses the Congress would not tolerate, and the strength of the evidence supporting the impeachment. It is almost incidental whether he would be convicted, compared to the benefit of putting it on the record that abuses past a certain threshold will not be tolerated. Let his party bear the mark of infamy for blindly supporting him in the light of the evidence presented.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        Let’s just not make it the centerpiece of the election. Let’s run on conservative principles and genuine solutions to America’s problems. Impeaching his skinny ass is justified, it just shouldn’t be our first priority.

        • Ken in Camarillo

          You are absolutely right.

    • darthangel

      So you are willing to sell out our constitution because you are afraid of the media and the idiots who shout “racism” at every chance.
      YOU sir are no American. Don’t complain to me when you get targeted by the IRS you sellout.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        You are delusional if you think I am “selling out the Constitution”. It’s a question of priorities. There have been numerous Constitutional crises fomented by Obama. If the very first action of a Republican majority Congress is impeachment, it will be painted as partisan…and racist. Republicans would then lose in the Court of Public Opinion. That’s not “fear”, that’s “realism”.

        I am not afraid of the media any more than I am of an empty headed twit who says I am “no American”. But if Congress investigates all of the un-Constitutional acts committed by Obama and Obama obstructs those investigations (I can’t conceive of a planet where Barry cooperates in the investigations) , then impeachment would be a natural progression.

        If you ever get tired of calling people names as you give them the view from your colon, consider the words “tactics” and “strategy”, and see if you can figure out the difference.

    • sandra schmidt

      The Democrat party leaders should ask Obama to resign if they are to have any hope of keeping a majority in the Senate after the elections this November. Forcing Obama’s resignation is the only thing they could do which would remotely redeem them as loyal Americans.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        The same situation existed during the Clinton era. Had Democrats not circled the wagons around Bill (perhaps because he had some unfiltered FBI dirt on them), then Gore would have become president and run as the incumbent against George Bush. Had he actually kept any of his campaign promises during his short stint as president, there is a very good chance he would have beaten Bush in that narrow race.

  • jim_m

    Nobody is going to impeach the first black president. This is something that obama knows and he is using it to his advantage.

    • Ken in Camarillo

      I think he is purposely pushing the envelope to get people talking about impeachment so he can manufacture a backlash against it. Nothing else he does is helping his standing, and it makes a distraction from his almost uniform record of bad policies for the country.

  • Paul Hooson

    He may be a letdown to most voters, who didn’t live up to his potential, but that hardly rises to the level of impeachment. He does have much higher approval numbers than congress, sometimes not much lower than 50%, so he still has more trust than congress as a whole. And Democratic Party approval numbers still continue a little higher than Republican Party approval numbers.

    Election Projection believes that Republicans might pick up six senate seats at this point, gaining a 1 vote control of the senate, but Democrats may pick up two house seats in congress according to other estimates.

    • Retired military

      He has committed crimes and totally neglected his duties. Of course you wouldn’t admit that Paul.
      Hell Hitler had a higher approval rating than congress.

      • Paul Hooson

        He’s been a letdown to most voters. But, I don’t quite see where that rises to a level of impeachment. I think his numbers are still a little above those of George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush or Richard Nixon – The U.S. system makes no provision for a “no confidence vote” like some parts of Europe. That would be a better solution. – Look at the jokes I make about Obama. I’m not happy with him either. I just don’t see impeachment as a solution here. Who wants a President Biden? Not me….

        • LiberalNightmare

          Impeachment isnt a popularity contest, Its a legal procedure used to accuse an official of illegal behavior.

          Clinton was still quite popular when he was impeached if you remember.

          • Paul Hooson

            Not quite accurate. Bill Clinton was acquitted by the senate on both counts of impeachment. On the charge of perjury, the senators voted 55-45 to acquit. On the second charge of obstruction of justice, it was a tie vote of 50-50, with Vice President Gore allowed to cast the tie breaker vote. The vote was mostly along party lines on both votes, with a few moderate Republicans joining the Democrats to acquit on both votes. This was much different than Richard Nixon who lost support from both parties and would have lost an impeachment vote or even faced possible arrest, so he chose to resign, and then must have pressured Gerald Ford to pardon him as part of a political deal, which hurt Ford’s good standing with the public. Ford seemed to be pained by all this, which might have been somewhat against his own sentiments of what was honest and right.

            Any grounds to hold an impeachment vote against President Obama are much more shallow here. Both Democrats and Republicans are angry at this prisoner exchange mess, but there probably isn’t enough grounds here to hold an impeachment vote here.

            President Andrew Johnson was a Democrat who ran on national unity ticket with Lincoln. The attempt to impeach him has been heavily viewed as political by historians, where he wasn’t real popular with either Republicans or Democrats at the time. Democrats were heavily associated with the South at that time, where the Republicans were the dominant Northern political party for many years as well as the Republicans electing a number of blacks to office in the South during the Reconstruction era.

          • Retired military

            Impeachment isn’t a popularity contest and isn’t supposed to be about partisian politics.
            As I stated below. Reid Pelosi, Schumer and others wouldn’t vote for impeachment if Obama raped a 10 year old boy at the state of the union.

          • Gunnyrecon1st

            Retired Military here you go again I have a question do you even know what Obama’s his doctorate degree is in Constitutional Law I do not think we will get very far with Idiots like Ruiz and Rubio throwing tantrums at him as far as intelligence he does have us cornered again respect the office for someone in the military you don’t seem to get that what did you come out of college wearing bars and then hung around for the pension really.

          • darthangel

            If you can’t even put a sentence together, please don’t insult someone who served in the military and earned the right to question the government.
            Obama has faced nothing compared with what Bush faced and I am no Bush fan. I didn’t vote for Bush and consider him a traitor to the constitution. But I remember well when liberals thought nothing of calling him “chimp in chief” or making references to female genitalia and his name. No liberal has the moral ground to complain when Obama is called a traitor.
            I took part in the bombing of Irag in 1998 and none of you protested (look it up if you are that ignorant). I took part in the “Shock and Awe” campaign against civilian infrastructure in Serbia and none of you protested. I watched as we built up our bases in Saudi and Turkey from 98-01. Then in 2001 I left the military and came home to a bunch of people screaming “why war now?”
            Then I watched as Obama bombed Libya without congressional approval and guess what???? Nobody protested! Now we try to start wars under false pretenses with Syria and Russia, and liberals don’t seem to mind.
            You liberals are sick phonies. The war always was in your name, you just don’t want to admit you are on the same level as the working class troops who make your bubble possible.
            If “Dude what happened to my country” seems witty to you, then I can see why you’re confused.

          • jim_m

            Yes, justice tot he left is about popularity and has nothing to do with the law. To the left justice is mob rule. Welcome to fascism, the left is bringing it as fast as they can.

          • Ken in Camarillo

            There was no “tie breaker” vote on the 50-50 result, as the threshold for conviction is 67.

          • sandra schmidt

            Since when is sedition (releasing and supporting jihadi terrorists against the US) not adequate grounds for impeachment? CIC my azz…

          • Gunnyrecon1st

            I believe the answer to that so called charge is . Obama is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and I am sure he had discussions with the Attorney general of the United States and with his Staff before he made any decision as I said his degree is in Constitutional Law

          • sandra schmidt

            I’d love to see his transcripts.

          • Gunnyrecon1st

            The deal to pardon Nixon for watergate was made before Ford took office it was well known that when he was made Vice President that it may have come down to what it did as everyone forgets Agnew went to prison before Nixon was impeached. It killed Fords reelection it was too bad as he was a very honest man and was well liked by both party’s and may have actually got something done after 2 years of watergate crippling this country. he was someone people would have rallyed around but the hate for Nixon was so bad people wanted him punished yet if he had not done this crap he would have been one of our greatest Presidents

          • westcoastwiser

            Let’s just have Bark Insane Obama committed? Would save us from all this impeachment stuff.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          A vacancy would be preferable.

          • westcoastwiser

            Biden would actually be a ‘vacant’ president.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            vacant =/= vacuuous

          • ImafanNotaCritic

            As invisible as Biden is, he would still be an improvement. It isn’t about race. It is about how lousy of a President Osama is. Biden literally could not DO worse then Osama. Especially if he was smart enough to get rid of all Osama’s cronies. The IRS, the VA, the Immigration screw up, Benghazi….it is all his responsibility and his choices for those he has put in charge. Impeach!

        • Gunnyrecon1st

          If you are going to have a no confidence vote then we should do it for the congress and the senate I have less faith in those walking thieves than I do for Obama at least Presidents are limited to two terms as should all elected officials. I have a very hard time when just the other night Dick Cheney goes on television and lectures people on honesty he is and was a disgrace in all the no bid contracts given out to his cronies. I am sick of politicians but it amazes me we claim to be the best country in the world yet among all of the so called democracy’s we have the highest poverty level and our education system has become a joke we have stripped the people of any help at all and I am not a liberal. We are headed for a civil war and I don’t think I have to tell you it isn’t the rich who are arming themselves it is the lower middle class and the poor its kind of ironic that a person I know that is making less than 24,000.00 a year owns two hand guns, a 12 gauge semi auto shot gun and an AR15, so in terms of being unhappy with I don’t like what Obama has done but I hate what this so called Tea party has done in any case they come on as patriots when they consistently send the message that they cannot stand what this country stands and stood for we were and still are a country of Immigrants some are new but some are old the Constitution and our way of government was designed for people to escape oppression and economic disaster and come here and make it on their own. I have been in the construction industry and for years I saw all of these fat cats getting rich off of 5.00 an hour Mexican labor they didn’t mind as long as they could do that and I have never seen some of these laborers turn down more work it was the white workers that said no thanks I want a beer and left. We need to stop looking backwards at the good old days they are gone and can never come back the fat cats have stolen it. Me I am one of those that will wait for the revolution this country was founded on a revolution caused by economic oppression and this one coming will be the same as Thomas Jefferson said a little revolution now and then is good for the country, well its been a long time coming we allowed the richest 1% abuse us during the industrial revolution and now again its being done again and these so called politicians just keep passing laws or dumping worker protection out the window so maybe its time for another one it will be up to them whether it is bloody or not think about who really controls the inner cities it isn’t the rich. So with that why are you not screaming for term limits for no more lobbyists allowed to do business in Washington, why do businessman from another state put tens of thousands’ of dollars into politicians campaign funds why are you so in love with the idea that people who are supposed to represent US constantly rule against the middle man and by the way it was the military that said they didn’t need as much in there budget as was being put in there they don’t want all that money and yet these politicians insist they use it wonder why all of that has been promised to their contributors. We need a third party but not a party like the tea who tries to sneak in by using the Republicans party I am a Republican but I hate the tea party. They do not stand for anything I believe in these people are so stupid that they shut down the government over not wanting to cover the bills for the stuff they already bought they go to Congress with less knowledge than some seniors in high school. I spoke with a couple of Tea party Congressmen and they don’t even understand Roberts rules they should be forced to be trained before they are allowed to vote or present any kind of legislation its like having the hogs guard the feed shack. Wake up one man cannot control this country and the thing I am most embarrassed about is that this so called hate for Obama is not at all political but racist there has never been the disrespect for the office of the President in this country not even for Nixon after all the crap that went down or for George W Bush for lying to us about Iraq and W.M.D.’s all of the bull that went on he was and they both were afforded the respect of the office of the President of the United States and what do you think the rest of the world thinks when we have idiots over here totally disrespecting the office. Wake Up its our country and our party that needs addressing too the whole scene is upside down and you seem to think that by one man being out of office is going to fix it well it was really messed up before he came and it will be messed up when he leaves maybe it has something to do with all those so called geniuses up on the hill. Stop blaming and start doing wake the F up and get real same thing retired military but what was the rule respect the rank not the man or were you to busy kissing ass

          • Ken in Camarillo

            Concern Troll.

      • westcoastwiser

        Paul is just testing his writing skills in anticipation of the Weekly Caption Contest and didn’t want to lose his edge.

        • Paul Hooson

          I’m just pragmatic here. Generally, the standard for the senate on impeachment proceedings has been set pretty high where the misconduct must arise to a very high level beyond some mere question of presidential authority which can be better addressed by a lawsuit in the federal courts. The legislators gave George Washington a pass when there was some evidence he may have embezzled some war funds, for example, on the far end, and on the short end, the controversy over the politically motivated Andrew Johnson impeachment attempt only helped to curtail the use of impeachment proceedings to a higher standard. The Clinton impeachment controversy also only helped to further limit the use of impeachment as a tool as well.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Violation of his oath.

      • Gunnyrecon1st

        What violation of his oath are you talking about?

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          Uphold and defend the Constitution.

          He is not granted power under the Constitution to enforce only the laws he approves of.

          QED

          • ImafanNotaCritic

            Exactly. Violating personal freedoms, wire-tapping all phone calls, flatly ignoring the 2nd amendment and attempting to railroad in changes to the Constitution. He is violating his oath. He swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. By his actions, he clearly has no intention of doing so, and is therefor in violation of his oath. Hey Congress, go ask your constituents! IMPEACH NOW!

          • Gunnyrecon1st

            Rodney you should apply for the job as Special Prosecutor offer to do it Pro Bono maybe they will take you up on it but be careful filing false charges can also get you thrown into jail.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Your ignorance of the impeachment process is duly noted.

    • darthangel

      Paul, the calls for impeachment aren’t just coming because he is a letdown to voters and its disingenuous for you to even try such a dishonest spin. We are a republic, not officially a democracy, although we function democratically. Who cares if the republicans win more seats if they are so uncommitted to the constitution that they allow laws to be broken with impunity?

      You don’t decide whether someone has broken the law at the ballot box. A functioning republic decides that in court. Operation Fast and furious, IRSgate, Benghazi, NSA spying, invasion of Libya without congressional investigation, illegal bailouts…the list goes on and on…if we don’t prosecute the laws of the constitution, its irrelevant which party gets the vote.

      • Gunnyrecon1st

        darthangel were you screaming so loudly when it was the Bush administration that started all the bailouts and is there not an argument that President Bush (please note that even though I despise that man I still address him with the respect that the office afforded him), lied to Congress to start an illegal war on Iraq with the claims of WMD’s and Al-Qaida’s and Saddam’s ties which were nonexistent. Also are you aware of the missing 600 million dollars in cash it was loaded on a non stop flight to Iraq $600,000,000.00
        in brand new 100.00 bills all strapped to pallets and shrink wrapped loaded at Andrews AFB and was to be handed to the Iraqi govt. to pay its bills somehow when the plane arrived in Baghdad the money was gone the paperwork was done and then it was squashed what do you think could have happened to it. Every president since the 24 hr. news cycle began has had their scandals and there is always someone there to point them out . I never thought Obama was ready to be a President no different than Romney or George W. or Carter it takes someone that knows all the ins and outs of the political game and how many chips they are owed by the idiots on the hill or how much dirt you have managed to put together. As I have said there must be WHOLESALE CHANGES made or there will just be repetitions’ of mistakes made over and over again

    • Ken in Camarillo

      The problem isn’t whether he lived up to his potential. The problem is that he is a lawless President who does not “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” It is even worse than that: he doesn’t just carelessly not faithfully execute the laws, he does what he wants even when it is against the law, simply ignoring the law. (see Obamacare and immigration for two that aren’t even arguable.)

      • Gunnyrecon1st

        I seem to remember that the Supreme Court to which is a right leaning court at this time ruled that the Obamacare was most definitely constitutional do you remember this or will you do the same thing as Roe vs. wade and waste the time of the courts 43 times that law has been to the court to be argued and 43 times it has been found to be constitutional. I believe this is one of our biggest problems stop beating the dead horse it’s just not going to go anywhere its dead. They tried to have it struck down and it was upheld ok lets move on to the next issues and get something done and maybe just maybe if we focus on something that the courts have not already ruled on we might actually get somewhere. This is the biggest problem with Americas political bullshit nobody ever wants to admit that they lost and move on.

        • jim_m

          Yeah, I seem to recall that once upon a time the SCOTUS upheld slavery as being constitutional.. I suppose that we fought that civil war for nothing.

          Since we know that the SCOTUS never, ever overrules itself, there is no point in arguing this issue anymore.

          Or are you just some moronic idiot who wants to end the discussion in the typical “Because, Shut up” way that the left does when they lack the wit and intelligence to actually defend their ideas? Obviously you are because if you could actually defend you ideas you would do so.

          Seriously, What fucking kind of idiot are you that you think that this is settled and should never be discussed again? What kind of fucking fascist are you that you think that because you won one decision that everyone is going to roll over for your fascist ideology?

          The Roberts decision was relatively narrow and there are still reasons to oppose obamacare. And the reality is that regardless of its constitutionality, it is a crappy law and needs to be repealed and replaced.

        • jim_m

          This is the biggest problem with Americas political bullshit nobody ever wants to admit that they lost and move on.

          Really? Because if the abolitionist had just given up when they lost Dred Scott we could have avoided the whole civil war thing. I think the dems would have liked that since THEY were the ones who seceded.

          The dems really love slavery. In fact not only did they try to preserve it here in the US, but just a couple years ago Hillary was defending Boko Haram as they were selling girls into slavery.

          Some things never change. And this idiot wants to make sure that they don’t.

  • Retired military

    Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, and the other dems wouldn’t vote for Obama’s impeachment if he screwed a 10 year old boy at the podium of the state of the union address. They would all say that he was simply teaching the boy about economics and supply and demand.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    How is the revolution going against whom Huston refers to as Obama’s “jackbooted thugs” or what most people would simply call the local pólice? Huston: Who can’t imagine that it will soon be open season on anyone who works in government? If they have no regard for us, our property, even our very lives, why should we have regard for them?

    The Las Vegas Sun quoted neighbors at the couple’s apartment complex saying that the two “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.” ‘Report: Swastikas found in apartment of Las Vegas cop killers’”

  • Retired military

    Meanwhile how many stories have been in the news about the VA scandal this week? umm maybe 1or 2.

    • westcoastwiser

      There’s a new one today claiming that all of the illegal youth crossing the borders are going to be sent to VA hospitals for processing…

      • Ken in Camarillo

        Somehow I think that comment should win the next weekend caption contest.

  • GarandFan

    Ain’t gonna happen. 33% of the public are nothing but ass kissers for their Obamassiah. King Barack could publicly shit on the US Constitution at high noon on the National Mall, in full view of all the TV networks, and that 33% would applaud. Best bet would be to win the Senate and keep the House. Make King Barack a true lame-duck.

    • Gunnyrecon1st

      Oh great and that means nothing gets done at all we have already had the worst production from the hill in the history of this country that will go along way for getting a Republican candidate into the Presidents office. This country has always kept some sort of balance except for Clinton when he had that short time as the Democrats had the majority in both chambers and still it didn’t help him as they wouldn’t help Clinton either as I have said they need to bleed both houses and what I mean is term limits and what is all this extra money for being on committee’s I have never seen any business be able to run like our govt. is run get on a committee and get yourself another 20 grand its all bull____, and still they get nothing done

      • Ken in Camarillo

        The measure is not whether they “got something done”. The proper measure is whether they “got something beneficial done”. If their output isn’t beneficial, it’s better if they do nothing.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          Amen.

          That governs best which governs least.

      • jim_m

        “worst production form the Hill”? WTF does that mean? You are aware that when Congress is less active the economy actually does better? What are you asking for? Increased legislation and regulation that will further shut the economy down?

        DO you even have a clue how government works and what its function is? Passing laws for the sake of passing laws is bullshit. The CFR is already so massive that no one can figure the whole thing out. We don’t need a “more productive Congress”, we need a smaller government and a less intrusive government. You want intrusive government go to California, Illinois or NY, where the government is the most intrusive and the states are on the verge of bankruptcy. The “more productive” governments you desire are cluster f*cks created by ignorant leftists.

        Besides, doesn’t having a more productive congress actually run contrary to your SCOTUS argument that if things have been decided previously we should stop discussing them?

  • Commander_Chico

    What’s this bullshit about “nearly half the country didn’t support the [Clinton impeachment] throughout?”

    The Clinton impeachment was very unpopular. I don’t think there was half that ever supported it in any poll.

    After the impeachment, Clinton had very high approval ratings.

    For all of his faults, the last competent president. Compared to the Flaming Fuck-Up Bush and Weasel Obama, Clinton was like Eisenhower.

    • warnertoddhuston

      After all I put in the above and THAT is what you are all worried about?

      • jim_m

        He was just searching for a way to claim that Bush was worse. As usual.

        • Commander_Chico

          Bush was worse. And you chumps were worshiping him while he was fucking the pooch.

          • jim_m

            Not true. We were actually criticizing him for legitimate reasons. Few here supported the Auto Bailout. Few agreed with how the Lehman failure was handled. Many, including myself, disagreed with how the WOT was prosecuted (my complaint that he unnecessarily bound the hands of the military). I also disagreed with No Child Left Behind, primarily that it was a federal control system and that it was also the pet project of Teddy Kennedy.

            So fuck you and your lies. We recall that we disagreed with Bush. I can’t name a single policy that you have disagreed with obama on. (real disagreement and not you BS posing)

          • Commander_Chico

            Have you ever read any Rules of Engagement? What was your beef with them? Oh yes, the usual ignorant tripe.

          • jim_m

            My comment was more to the criticism of strategy and willingness to commit the number of troops necessary to deal with the enemy swiftly. I’m not going to rehash the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with you especially since you will do anything you can to stand upon the bodies of the dead to make a political point.

            And since you have yet to prove that you served I say that I have probably read as many as you, you faker.

          • Commander_Chico

            Well, I agree with you on the number of troops. Shinseki was right on that one.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            But your “truth telling” idol Chomsky says Obama is worse.

          • jim_m

            I credit Chomsky for being of greater intelligence than Chico.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Faint praise, that.

          • Commander_Chico

            Interesting. But Bush still takes the booby prize for Iraq,

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            According to the soi disant “cognoscenti veteran.”

          • Retired military

            And Chico goes with Option B. Obama is bad but XXXX was worse. Even though in the other thread Chico stated that the country is moving towards a police state (and who has been President for the past 5+ years?)

            What else has Chico said?

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

            How about practising what you preach Chico.

            1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
            policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
            Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

            2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            4. Chico stated ” They (duck dynasty guys) were clean shaven before they pitched the TV show.” yet you provided zero proof of this statement. Please do so now.

            Examples of statements 1, 2, and 3 (since you reject the premise)

            Salon writer Joan Wals
            It’s simply stunning: Longtime Republican imagemaker Ailes figured out how to make sure that our twice-elected Democratic president, backed by a coalition that represents an emerging, multiracial America, must periodically be checked and hopefully shamed by a representative of the angry right-wing white male minority that barely considers him a legitimate leader…

            O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”? What about O’Reilly, who pretends he’s a working-class son of Levittown, Long Island, when he’s actually the kid of an accountant who grew up in Westbury and went to private high school and university

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            Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”
            Host Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”
            Talking about the town hall protests against ObamaCare on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 11, 2009.

            If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”
            — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010.

            “The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years….What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”
            — Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

            Clip from RNC ad: “Stop Obama and his union bosses today. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”
            Host Lawrence O’Donnell: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss?”
            Ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI): “Wow, I hadn’t thought about the racial overtones….”
            — MSNBC’s The Last Word, February 25, 2011.

            “The interesting question is: what is it about this President that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the President? Why do Republicans think this President is unpresidential — unpresidential, and shouldn’t dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.”
            — MSNBC political analyst and ex-Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe talking about the brief contretemps over scheduling Obama’s speech to Congress, The Last Word, August 31, 2011.

            “I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”
            — Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, September 23, 2011, talking about the previous night’s GOP debate.

            “Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead….So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews.”
            — Anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, December 14, 2011.

            Host Chris Matthews: “How does this guy [Mitt Romney] go from hard right, severely conservative, to this new regular mainstream character he’s portraying himself as?…He ran as a full mooner, Michael. You know, he was saying ‘There’s no such thing as science.’… How can he go from Flat Earth, ‘I don’t believe in evolution,’ to all of a sudden, ‘I’m teaching biology’?… It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there, okay?”
            Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Wait, I resent that! No. Come on, what is this ‘Grand Wizard’ nonsense? Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?”
            Matthews: “Okay, I’m just saying, the far-right party.”
            Steele: “Give me a break! Don’t go there with me on that.”
            — MSNBC’s Hardball, April 23, 2012.

            You notice he [Romney] says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The other-ization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization, ‘You are not one of us,’ and that ‘you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’”
            — Co-host Touré on MSNBC’s The Cycle, August 16, 2012.

            Host Martin Bashir: “Of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration, can I quote something [to] you? ‘For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.’ How about that?”
            MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there….These people reach for every single possible racial double-entendre they can possibly find in every one of these speeches.”
            — MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, August 29, 2012, talking about McConnell’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

            They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred — hatred for Obama. We can go into that about the white working class in the South, and looking at these numbers we’re getting in the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases. This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.”
            — Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s post-debate coverage, October 22, 2012

            “I look at Obama as a perfect American. I don’t mean politically. We can disagree left and right on him. You can argue about the drones. Argue about the fiscal policy, all that stuff. But as a citizen. The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers — and he’s really been pretty moderate on guns until the horror of Newtown — and I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”
            — Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 6, 2013

            What does your study tell you about the nature of the racial piece here of the Tea Party?…Is it sort of a resumption of the Old South, of the way things were before the Civil War, for example? Is it like that old dreamy nostalgia you get in the old movies, Gone With the Wind? Is it that kind of America they want to bring back or what? When there were no gays, where blacks were slaves, Mexicans were in Mexico? I mean, is this what they want?”
            — Chris Matthews to author Christopher Parker on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 20, 2013

            The problem is there are people in this country — maybe 10 percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20 percent on a bad day — who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President.”
            — Chris Matthews appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, May 15, 2013

            “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate…Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House….This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”
            — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5, 2013.

            ¦ “At least back in 1939, when Marian Anderson had to sing here, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ rather than at the Constitution Hall, because — they said the reason was she was black. At least they were honest back then….[Today] you’ve got people talking about nullification of the law of the land [ObamaCare]. You got people talking impeachment like [Senator Tom] Coburn. You got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he’s black, but look at the pattern….At least the Daughters of the American Revolution knew what they were saying and they said it out loud: ‘He’s black, she’s black, she can’t sing here.’ These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the President of being a crook, basically, for even being president, because he’s here illegally. And then they talk about impeaching him on grounds they can’t even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they’re not.”
            — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013.

            ¦ “I want to talk today about a controversial word….A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments…. Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ‘ObamaCare.’”
            — Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show, December 8, 2013.

            Host Ed Schultz compared Tea Party activists to Nazi brownshirts and said that the Republican Party stands for racism; and accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of referring to Obama in racial terms when he described the national debt as a “big black cloud” hanging over the heads of the American people.

            Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell accused Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of using a “racial double-entendre” when McConnell complained that Obama spends too much time golfing;

            Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts famously claimed that Republicans want to go back to a time when “slavery was cool;”

            Contributing analyst Toure – so self-important that he goes by only one name – accused Romney of participating in the “niggerization” of Obama;

            PRESS: I just think the whole thing is outrageous. I hate this apology, I think it was unnecessary and just, just played right into their hands. And, I mean, they won’t (laughs), they’re not going to let conservatives watch MSNBC, fine! You’re not even going to notice that. How many conservatives, seriously, are watching Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow, you know, or Al Sharpton every night?

            JEREMY HOLDEN OF MEDIA MATTERS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know, but, uh, I’m just …

            PRESS: It’s silly.

            HOLDEN: I want to see how this probation looks and when it ends. (Alluding to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s response to Cheerios ad tweet). And what, you know, is there going to be a soft landing from the probation? This is kind of silly at this point.

            PRESS: It is and, you know, first of all, good for Cheerios for bringing that spot back and not bowing into the pressure and as far as this tweet goes, again, “maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everybody else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” that’s the truth. That is the truth! The right winger, the racist right winger will hate it. Everybody else will like it. It’s a beautiful spot.

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            Hunter – Daily Kos
            MSNBC bending over themselves to apologize for someone in the network thinking the American right wing was made up of people who pore over the nation’s television commercials to find companies acting Not Bigoted Enough is, and there’s no other word for it, pathetic. As are, of course, the predictable reactions from the right wing themselves. You would think that people who get so very, very, very mad whenever someone suggests that they might be bigoted simpletons would be able to go at least one weekend without proving to be exactly that, but no. Never quite works out that way.

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            Ron Fournier – Twitter

            The GOP argument on Obamacare has more than a whiff of Reagan-era racial “welfare queen” politics —>

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            Ron Fournier – Twitter
            In light of today’s #Obamacare column, a little background: “How and Why Romney is Playing the Race Card.”

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            “There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think
            the party has to deal with this.”

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            Markos MoulitsaS

            …[T]he GOP has a problem. It can’t win national elections without getting some support from immigrant demographics—Asians and Latinos, the fastest growing in the country. Yet conservatives hate brown and different-looking people. They speak foreign languages and eat weird stuff and play strange music and vote Democratic. Those are all unforgivable sins.

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            GERALDO
            “What we had here with you and President Obama was a culture class… It was the president of most of the white guys of America, that’s you. And, Barack Obama the president of almost everybody else. And the discussion was at that level… To watch it was some ways unsettling to me… What you did was strip him of his majesty…”

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            From An examiner story about congressman Cummings

            In fact, the authors of the very report cited by Cummings, Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind also “exposed” alleged links between “certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups,” for the NAACP in 2010, as reported by Jack Cashill at the American Thinker, who writes wryly that Zeskind “could find racists in each of the nine choirs of angels and feel comfortable designating at least three of those choirs as hate groups.”

            At the time, Burghart and Zeskind wrote in part that Tea Party members were


            “defending their special pale-skinned privileges and power.”

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            HOWARD FINEMAN (on MSNBC): And as if that’s some kind of explanation, some kind of explanation for the weird phenomenon of the fact that the Republicans didn’t win. There was this extraterrestrial force out there of African-Americans and Hispanics.

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            CHarlie Crist – ““Sadly I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.””

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            MSNBC interview regarding rejection of union.

            WAGNER: – nails this a little bit. And he talks about the UAW has, or the idea of organized labor and finds, y’know, great welcome in NYU and in bastions of sort of liberal, progressive thought. But then when it comes down to it, here you have workers on an assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who have turned down the option. And he makes a point that, “As many unions have discovered, generally to their woe, the politics of race and culture often eclipse those of class in the United States.” [1]

            NOAH: Right.

            WAGNER: And these sort of cultural means around unions, um, distracted from the actual economic benefits of them. [2]

            NOAH: The South has always been hostile territory for union organizing. Y’know, as Harold said, the culture war in the South trumps the class war. [1] You already have in a number of Southern states right to work laws, which means that even if they had unionized the plants, those who benefitted from the presence of that union wouldn’t have had to pay union dues if they didn’t feel like it.

            So you’re in an overwhelmingly hostile climate. And the opposition I gather, through, portrayed this as a kind of northern invasion, a refighting of the Civil War. [3] Apparently there are not a lot of, uh, black employees in this particular plant. [4] And so, that kind of, uh, uh, uh, waving of the Confederate flag was an effective strategy. [5]

            WAGNER: That would explain also the sign, “United Obama Workers,” which speaks volumes [6] in terms of the, uh, cultural differences in certain parxts of the country. Author Timothy Noah, thank you as always for your time and thoughts.
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            In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted

            Harry reid – ““We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny
            the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who
            refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,”

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            Former Wash Post Editor Robert Kaiser
            “The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians who, the pollsters tell us, fear that their America is disappearing. Of course they are right; it has probably disappeared already. Their America would not have elected a black president.

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            From Wash times regarding Obama appointee

            A furious Mr. Reid hinted that Republicans’ opposition was based on racism, pointing to to several other black nominees that GOP senators had opposed earlier. But in the case of Mr. Adegbile, his defense of Abu-Jamal was too much for even some Democrats

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            Andrew O’Hehir Salon.com

            When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.
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            Paul krugman NY Times

            Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics.

            We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like – and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character – and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

            One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.
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            Huffington post 8 apr 2014
            There has been a long-simmering controversy about whether supporters of the Tea Party are more racially prejudiced than the average American, with some solid public opinion evidence suggesting that they are. However, well beyond the Tea Party hard core, there is evidence that race does play a role.

            Is the problem of relentless partisan animus in the Obama era one of lingering racism?
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            Candy Crowley: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

            DCCC Chairl Steve Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.

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            Pelosi : Racist GOP won’t deal with immigration.
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            WAPO article entitled “Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful lot lately. Is it a smart midterm strategy?”
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            The New Republic – The Right’s Racial Blinders What really explains the politics of the Obama era
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            Dana Milbank – “Let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare, which is the thing that has most antagonized the Right and the Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment, you’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.
            I think, that’s why, again, it’s fair to ask the question, and let every individual say why it is that they have that particular antipathy toward this attorney general, toward this president, and why not, say, toward Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”

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            Salon: ABC News ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Offer Laura Ingraham a Platform for ‘Vile Racism’
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            WAPO article

            “Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.

            Aaron’s alleged offense occurred in a USA Today interview with sports reporter Bob Nightengale. Aaron explained why he still has the racist hate mail he received as he closed in on breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago last week.”
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            Hank Aaron

            “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.””
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            Yahoo news article by Matt Bai
            So now it’s out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Republican base, “to a significant extent,” is “animated by racism.”
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            Leonard Pitts – Indy Star

            Race plays part in how Holder, Obama are treated

          • Retired military

            Part 2 since proof of Dems calling republicans racist have outstripped the capacity of a DISCUS reply.

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            Frank James NPR “Social scientists who have studied voters have found that voter participation rises when voters are emotionally engaged,” he noted. “For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement – and is indeed racially based – could help do the trick.”
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            Pelosi tweet – Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. The GOP Budget takes food out their mouths
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            Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut “If racist republicans win than colleges will start closing up”
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            Jonathon Chait “”America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery,”
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            WAPO columnist Jonathan Capehart “republicans extolled the wonders and the virtues and the beauty of slavery,”
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            Dem Ill Gov Quinn “Black republicans are like Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”
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            Ed Schultz MSNBC

            “So the president goes to the other side of the world and that’s what he gets asked about, racism. How sad is that? But you know what? When you’re the first, you always get picked on. And I have to tell you that this president, I think, is very bold, very strong, very well guided, and has a moral compass. And there’s absolutely no question about it that he has been picked on because of the color of his skin. And there’s no doubt that he has been called many names by conservative talkers in America, many names. He has been targeted, he has been obstructed. And I think that the way this president has been treated empowers jokers like this (alluding to Sterling), like, well, the government does it, we all see it. I guess we can say whatever the hell we want and act however we want. That’s my take on it. I, I, I think that this is a scab that’s been ripped off again and it’s a scab that really, undoubtedly is gonna happen again and again on America. But I believe, I pin this attitude that we have in society being inflamed by right-wing talkers who hate this president, that embolden people such as this guy to go on and act disrespectful against society.”
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            Dorian Warren, Columbia professor “There’s a distinction we should make between racist words and speech, and racist practices and policies. We should be focused on the policies and the racial impact of policies that those Republican leaders frankly stand for,”

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            MSNBC’s Touré “Some of these folks who own these NBA teams, and this is breaking news, Ari. Some of them are not the most savory folks. Some of them are bankrolling anti-gay marriage initiatives. Some of them got rich off of fracking. Some of them are Russian oligarchs.”

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            Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson “Let’s face it, pretty much all criticism of Obama is racist”
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            Eugene Robinson WAPO ” This worldview has found a home in the tea party movement, which harbors — let’s be honest — a racist strain.”

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            Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson ” Justice Thomas is an Uncle Tom” “Sen. McConnell is a racist”
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            “Voting Rights Erosion Is Greater Racist Outrage” Albert Hunt Bloomber

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            New York magazine Jonathan Chait, “America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery.”
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            Theatlantic.com

            Dem Rep Bennie Thompson told a radio show. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States … that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”

            For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

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            “I think not raising the minimum wage is a racist policy,” stated Ed Schultz

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            Charlie Crist “Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama”
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            Speaker at Democrat sponsored White Privilege Conference
            “The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.”

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            New York Times columnist Bob Herbert “Republicans are hostile to the interests of African-Americans” a
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            Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Racism–and sexism and homophobia–are about organizing power, not merely disliking the cut of one’s jib. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will have to cope with being perceived as a woman representing the interests of black people and women of all ethnicities. Sexism will never be off the stage. Nor will racism.”
            the Atlantic

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            NPR :
            For some Democrats, the explanation is simple: race. In recent weeks, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist have all said racism is the driving force behind Republican resistance to the president.

            Republicans, unsurprisingly, say their disdain for Obama is based not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his policies.

            “If any white Democrat had pushed through a billion-dollar stimulus plan and a takeover of the health care industry, he would have been equally detested by conservatives and Republicans,” says Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster and consultant.

            There’s no question we’re living in a time of divisive politics, when roughly half the country is likely to hate the president, no matter whom he or she might be.

            But race has been a factor in American politics since the very beginning. It’s certainly part of the mix in terms of responses to Obama.

            His status as the nation’s first African-American president exacerbates the concerns of those who feel the country is changing rapidly in ways that are not always comfortable.
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            Josh Marshall – “For years, we’ve had a running conversation about how much or whether the often vitriolic, seemingly gut level opposition to President Obama as opposed to simple partisanship, opposition to policies and more. It’s a tangled question since supporters and opponents each bring preconceptions and commitments to it. And it’s a question that is inherently over-determined since the same people who might bear a racial animus toward the President probably also oppose him intensely purely on policy grounds.
            … To whatever extent opposition to President Obama is racial, it’s not only because he’s black himself, it’s because he’s the leader of the party that is the institutional representative of black people. Indeed, in a way that wasn’t nearly so clear 22 years ago, the Democratic Party now disproportionately represents African-Americans, Hispanics, East Asians and South Asians. It’s the most visible force in American political life that stands for an America that looks a lot more like the current Democratic Party than the current Republican Party
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            Krystal Ball

            “And a necessary part of this delusion is the belief that young people, city dwellers and minorities aren’t part of real America so they don’t count or at least they shouldn’t count. Which is where disenfranchising voting laws come in. Unfortunately for conservatives, our votes still count the same as everyone else.”
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            Chris Matthews on GA senate race “the GOP primary will likely head to a runoff and “the reason they have these runoffs is to make sure no black guy ever won a nomination down there.””
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            “I think it’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on,” Rockefeller said. “I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good-especially from people who made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true.

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            Rep CLyburn (dem representative) Benghazi Committee to Racist Democrats During Reconstruction Benghazi Committee to Racist Democrats During Reconstruction – “Bhenghazi committee is like racists during reconstruction”

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            LA Weekly cover cartoon shows Tea Party republican as a Klansman.

            Editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske explained the L.A. Weekly’s cover art to Breitbart News on Sunday.

            “The goal with any cover is to get people to pick up the paper and read the journalism within. They’re not a literal illustration of the story inside (otherwise you might have seen a very dull caricature of Kashkari and an equally bland one of Donnelly),” she said.

            Fenske allows that the goal of the cover was to mock the GOP: “Our creative director, Darrick Rainey, worked with the illustrator to incorporate some funny images of constituencies who might want to shape the future of a party that’s fallen on very hard times in California: fat-cat bankers, Minutemen, Tea Party activists, etc.”

            She told Breitbart News that the choice of a KKK figure was inspired by a claim by David Duke in 2011 that Tea Party activists had urged him to run for president. “David Duke claimed some activists urged him to run for president in 2012; it’s not inconceivable his ilk might want to be among them.”

            She provided no actual proof of Tea Party support for the KKK–an organization closely connected, historically, with the Democratic Party.

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            Andrea Mitchell “is the rise in extremism due to an African American President?”
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          • Gunnyrecon1st

            Your statement that over 50% of food stamp recipients are of color is untrue there are more whites than blacks receiving them look it up

      • Commander_Chico

        Yeah, because it was bullshit.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          Because all you have and are is fecal material of one form or another, most of it poultry in origin.

    • SirWilhelm

      The Clintons, and Hillary played a big part, successfully spun the impeachment to be about the sex with Monica, when what it really was about, was Bill using the power of the Office to try and cover up the scandal, unsuccessfully, obviously. Now Hillary is trying to spin (lie) herself into the same Office. No matter how good you think Bill was as a President, he did, finally, admit he had oral sex with Monica in the Oval Office. Hardly conduct becoming a President, and he did try to cover it up, going so far as to lying, with a straight face, directly in the face of the American people, by looking into a camera and saying “I did not have sex with that woman.” Why should we believe Hillary is any different from him, when she did all she could to protect him from being impeached, so that her own political ambitions wouldn’t be harmed? Just as she is doing now with the biggest threat to her Presidential ambitions, Benghazi?

      • Ken in Camarillo

        The main issue in the impeachment was NOT Clinton’s sexual behavior with Monica. It was his obstruction of justice and suborning perjury in trying get people to lie about the Monica Lewinsky situation so that it could not be used as evidence of “pattern of behavior” to support the Paula Jones case against him for sexual harassment.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    These past years with Obama have been all for nothing. WHY? “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing never did.”

  • westcoastwiser

    I, Bark Insane Obama, will faithfully defend…

  • Pathen Pros

    President Obama has been the best President we have ever had since day
    one. Does the rhetoric bear that position out? No. But that’s not
    surprising. Hate has always been a moron magnet, and when mindless
    automaton cowards unite, it’s always they who do the jaw flapping – waiting, of course, for the last member of the coalition of the
    ignorant to arrive before firing up the torches (cowards, like jackals, are
    pack hunters). Howling jackals tend to drown out the calm discussion
    going on around the campfire. But nevermind that. Feeding time is
    feasting time, and may the biggest slobberer win. Yeah, there’s nothing
    like good old fashioned lynching. It’s easy. It’s fun. And there’s no
    thinking involved. That’s the main thing. And I know what everyone’s
    thinking: internet boards just aren’t the same as ropes, torches and
    tar. That’s true. But they get the job done just the same. And the
    process is all streamlined now, which is a huge plus. Who has the time
    to shlep supplies around Home Depot? Besides, they don’t even carry
    giant wooden crosses, so it’s pretty much tar-and-feathering or
    nothing. And what of the feathers? I don’t think they have those either. Nah, screw all that. Much better to stay inside the woodwork
    and flex the venom glands anonymously.

  • ImafanNotaCritic

    I know that the MSM has made Osama their God and Savior, but frankly I don’t give a damn. He is the worst President in history and laziness is no excuse to let this idiot remain in office. His endless stream of blunders and the unbelievable errors his cabinet have made over and over during his administration is costing the US too, too much. As well as his wife travelling the world on the taxpayer’s millions. They need to go NOW. Impeach Osama NOW!!

  • darthangel

    In a functioning republic of laws you do not decide whether leaders are criminals at the ballot box. This has nothing to do with fear of public opinion, it has to do with the fact that both parties are so corrupt that neither will go after the other and we sink deeper into oligarchic lawlessness.

    Obama needs to be investigated and put on trial at least. If the republicans do not call for a complete, impartial investigation of all of his scandals, they are no longer republicans and the republican party is a sad joke, just betting they can use fear to manipulate the vote but never addressing the corrupt roots that cause those fears.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      One will not have a functioning republic for long if the cost of electoral defeat is prison or worse.

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