For John, BLUF: White House asking for President to be Impeached? Sounds like it. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I think the White House is more serious about this than the House of Representatives, which is the House that actually does Impeachment.♠ Any trial is held in the US Senate.
It isn't like the White House isn't out there flouting the separation of powers; the President's "Pen and Phone" is an example,♥ and the IRS changing the Congressionally passed rules for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PP&ACA) is another.♦
Here is the article from The Hill, by Reporter Rebecca Shabad. This last Friday White House spokesman Josh Earnest was working the crowd with this talk of Presidential Impeachment. He was talking about it as though there was a vast right wing conspiracy to get the President, or at least raise money off of saying they would get him.
Earnest was asked to identify who those Republicans are, and he only mentioned Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, but added there’s “no doubt” there are other voices also calling for impeachment.Much as I like Governor Sarah Palin, she is going nowhere at this time. She is important for stirring up the base, but she isn't running for anything in 2014 and is unlikely to run for anything in 2016. Now I would take her over the Big E any day of the week, but there is not a strong base of support amongst Republicans and Democrats have less respect for her as a woman than they do for Senator Clinton.
Earnest also acknowledged that impeachment calls are being tied to fundraising.
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday that the White House is taking calls for impeachment more seriously.
As for Whie House Senior Advisor, Mr Dan Pfeiffer, I am not sure what he means by "...taking calls for impeachment more seriously." Can we put it on a scale of 0 to 9? Last month it was a 4 and today it is a … 7?, 8?, 9? Who knows? I suspect even Mr Pfeiffer doesn't know.
A Bill of Impeachment would be a gift to the Democrats running for office this year? By 2016 it would be old news. This isn't to say there are not Republicans willing to talk about Impeachment, but I doubt House Speaker John Boenher would entertain such an action before Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid came to his office and suggested the time had come. Possible, but not likely.
Or is this a case of the White House wanting to talk about anything except illegal immigration?
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Article I, Section 2, Clause 5, Section 2.
♥ One wonders, if he has this authority now, why didn't he have it in early 2009 and why did he not use it to fix things that were broken then. Was he negligent in not using this authority, assuming it existed all along. Or is the House Speaker correct in saying the Federal Courts ought to weigh in on this?
♦ Which should be known as Reid/Pelosi Care, since they are the ones who rammed it through Congress without a good once-over.