Some among the American right are calling for the impeachment of President Obama. I think they are mistaken, for all the reasons Pat Buchanan advances in his article in Takimag. First because Obama has not yet acted illegally, and second because the Republicans do not have sufficient votes in the Senate. Most because impeachment changes the subject from Obama’s ineffectiveness (the word “feckless” is appropriate) to the positive acts of the Republicans to remove him.
With the economy shrinking 3 percent in the first quarter, with Obama sinking in public approval, and with the IRS, NSA and VA scandals bubbling, why would Republicans change the subject to impeachment?
The effect would be to enrage and energize the Democratic base, bring out the African-American vote in force and cause the major media to charge the GOP with a racist scheme to discredit and destroy our first black president.
Does the GOP really want a fight on that turf, when they currently hold the high ground? If you are winning an argument, why change the subject?