Jewish World Review July 30, 2014 / 3 Menachem-Av, 5774
Dems' impeachment fixation
By Jonah Goldberg
"Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support,"
The House minority leader went on to explain that "for the first time in history,
"What Republicans are doing to President Obama is historic -- and offensive," she wrote. And then, in a bright bold red text that can't be done justice in black and white, she chided me, "With everything happening right now, I'm a little disappointed to see that you haven't had a chance to chip in to defend President Obama.
"Jonah -- we could use your support today."
Nancy (apparently we're on a first-name basis) went on to promise that ALL GIFTS ARE TRIPLE MATCHED!
This was only one of a bushel of such emails from the
No doubt as karmic payback for grave sins I committed in a past life, I am on all of the Democratic fundraising lists. In terms of whipped-up urgency aimed at low-information voters, there's nothing special about these importuning missives. I can't count how many times I've been told that if I don't chip in
But what is interesting about these emails is the transparent glee. Far more than Republicans, Democrats love talking about impeachment. Not just Pelosi and the DCCC, but
Ostensibly the hook for all of this is
The president constantly talks about the evils of cynicism as if denouncing the alleged dishonesty of others demonstrates his own honesty. In 2008, he said cynicism was his real opponent. Last week at an L.A. fundraiser, he returned to the theme, calling Republicans liars and bamboozlers.
The cynicism of Obama's war on cynicism is breathtaking. He's wasted so much of his presidency demonizing political opponents as deranged radicals who need to shut up and get in line. Even now he is thumping the podium about "economic patriotism," as if loyalty to his views on taxation is the only proof of 100 percent Americanism.
Last fall, Obama did nearly everything he could to be thrown into the briar patch of a government shutdown in order to denounce the Republicans for shutting down the government. When it went into effect, the administration endeavored to make the shutdown as painful as possible -- a replay of a similar scheme with the sequester -- so he could arouse the public against his political foes.
Given Obama's famously low regard for the Clinton presidency, it's ironic that he keeps stealing from its playbook.
Now Obama is reportedly considering a unilateral amnesty of millions of immigrants here illegally, knowing full well it will spark a fierce political backlash and heighten impeachment talk. No doubt he thinks it's the right thing to do on the merits, with his famous pen and phone. What's less clear is if the merits are his top priority.
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