If you want evidence that Democrats are talking up the impeachment of President Obama, look no farther than the floors of the House and Senate.
In recent days, Democrats have pushed back against claims that they are stoking the flames of impeachment for fund-raising purposes, to rile up their base, or for other reasons. But impeachment talk has figured heavily in Democratic messaging, with a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee warning on Sunday that a proposed lawsuit against the president “could lead to impeachment hearings.”
“There’s no doubt now: the fate of Obama’s presidency is at stake,” a fundraising email from the committee said. “We need to throw everything we’ve got at this.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) called the Democrats’ repeated claims that Republicans are planning to impeach Obama a Democratic “scam” Tuesday. Democrats have responded by claiming, in the words of a Democratic super-PAC, that “the tea party is so focused on hurting President Obama.”
But a search for the terms “impeach” and “impeachment” in floor speeches in the House and Senate since Monday reveals that only Democrats have discussed the matter. At least ten Democratic legislators, including the Senate majority leader, have brought up impeachment, while no Republican has touched on the issue.
1. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada
While praising the bipartisan agreement on a new Veterans Affairs reform bill Tuesday, the Senate majority randomly mentioned impeachment.
— Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.