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Don’t think they’re not looking to impeachment

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, January 30, 2012 14:22 EDT
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Oh, lookee here, Grover Norquist is making impeachment threats against the President if he doesn’t extend the Bush tax cuts:

Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach.

He spends a lot of time in this interview lying, claiming that things that the Republicans caused are Obama’s fault (such as the “not working together” whine), but the boldness of this is breath-taking. But I’m glad he said it, because a lot of Beltway media is happy to convince themselves that the 1998 impeachment was an anomaly that was unique to the Clinton White House. Instead, I’d say that we’re better off assuming that Republicans feel that it’s always an option they’re eager to take when an “illegitimate”, i.e. Democratic, President is in the White House. That his race and family background causes conservatives to panic only makes the whole situation worse. 

Republicans simply believe the White House belongs to them, and one party should hold it in perpetuity. Unfortunately, this idea that a Democrat holding that office is somehow an interloper has subtly seeped into the unconscious of people who would probably even voted for Obama. I’ve noticed a maddening habit in the mainstream media of claiming that Republicans are seeking to “reclaim” the White House, as if it was theirs to begin with. I haven’t heard that verb used with relation to Democrats, who tend to merely “win” that election. Perhaps I’m paranoid, but I do listen carefully for these things. Subtle things like that end up reinforcing conservatives’ belief that they’re the only “real” Americans, and that therefore the White House is their property.

What’s funny, of course, is that they just get more shrill about how they’re the only “real” Americans when the people who have the markers of the tribe—white, Christian suburbanites who adhere to more traditional gender roles—are dwindling in numbers compared to the rest of us. Unfortunately, we need to realize that their panic over this is only going to make them more determined to impeach Obama the first chance they get on the thinnest of made-up charges. It’s not like Republicans in Congress have anything better to do with their time. All they ever do is try to get more tax cuts for the wealthy and push anti-choice legislation. That’s not really a full time job, giving congressional Republicans lots of time to concoct ways to impeach the President. 

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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