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IMPEACH OBAMA!

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is holding an afternoon news conference Wednesday to share his take on the midterm election results after his party lost control of the Senate, and lost more turf in the GOP-controlled House while putting a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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The impeachment of Barack Obama: Bring it, bitches!

I sincerely hope that the Repugnican Tea Partiers take advantage of their new majority in the U.S. Senate and impeach President Barack Obama.

I do.

Because it will backfire.

A civics lesson is required (for many if not even most American readers) first: the U.S. House of Representatives can vote to impeach a sitting president by a simple majority vote. It’s not that hard a feat, especially in a highly poisonously partisan atmosphere, such as we have had for some time now (at least since 1998, the last time that a sitting U.S. president was impeached…).

Presidential impeachment, of course, is not the equivalent of the removal of the president. (Yes, many if not most Americans are fuzzy on the definition of the word “impeachment.”) If the House of Representatives votes to impeach, which is much like a grand jury handing down an indictment, the U.S. Senate then acts much like a courtroom (with the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presiding) and the senators vote on whether or not to remove the president. (They’re supposed to act like independent, non-partisan jurors, but of course there is no avoiding politics and partisanship in such a matter as the removal of the sitting U.S. president.)

However, the U.S. Senate may remove an impeached president only on a two-thirds vote. (This constitutionally required higher threshold apparently was intended to prevent petty politics and ensure that a president is removed from office only for very good cause.) Thus, while the Repugnican-traitor-controlled House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton in December 1998 — as Clinton was wrapping up his sixth year in the White House, just as Barack Obama is doing now — in February 1999 the Senate acquitted Clinton, as only 50 senators, all of them Repugnicans, voted that Clinton was guilty of one or two misdeeds, either one of which could have removed Clinton from office had 67 of the senators voted that Clinton was guilty of having committed it. (To be fair, not a single Democratic senator voted Clinton to be guilty of either misdeed, and five Repugnican senators [John Chafee of Rhode Island, Susan Collins of Maine, Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania — all moderate, mostly Northeastern, Repugnicans, of course] also voted Clinton as not guilty of either misdeed.)

A solid majority of Americans thought that the 1998-1999 Repugnican-led impeachment debacle was bad for the nation – because it was – and in apparent political blowback, the Democrats gained seats in both houses of Congress in the following election, in 2000.

So: The Repugnican Tea Party traitors in Congress, still bitter that a black man sits in the White House, never could get the two-thirds vote in the U.S. Senate that would be required to remove Obama from office.

An impeachment effort against Obama would be perceived by the majority of Americans as exactly what it would be: At best, the commission of a waste of time by the Repugnican-led Congress with a self-indulgent, petty political stunt instead of the addressing of the nation’s problems (an act of partisan grandstanding because Obama of course never will be removed from office) and at worst, yet another brazen attempt by the Repugnican Tea Party traitors to subvert the will of the majority of American voters, such as they did when they tried but failed to remove Bill Clinton in 1998 and when they had no problem with George W. Bush being seated in the Oval Office in early 2001 even though he’d lost the popular vote to Al Gore by more than a half-million votes (and no doubt Gore had won the pivotal state of Florida as well, but, of course, then-Florida-Gov. Jeb Bush and then-Florida-Secretary-of-State Katherine Harris made damned sure that Gee Dubya “won” Florida).

Pundits unanimously agree that the Democrats are poised to retake the U.S. Senate in 2016, when the electoral map will favor them as it favored the Repugnicans on Tuesday. (In 2016, 23 Senate seats now held by Repugnicans will be up for a vote, compared to only 10 Senate seats now held by Democrats.)

While I don’t like Billary Clinton (to put it mildly), polls have shown her around 10 points ahead of any Repugnican candidate in hypothetical 2016 presidential match-ups, and while I’m not happy about it, at this moment I don’t see an actual Democrat – that is, an actually progressive Democrat – emerging as the 2016 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

So 2016 looks like a bloodbath for the Repugnican Tea Party traitors already; the White House most likely will stay in Democratic hands and the Senate most likely will flip back to the Democratic Party.

If, drunk on their short-lived power, the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in D.C. act like they have the “permanent [Repugnican] majority” that they talked about during the illegitimate reign of George W. Bush (we saw how “permanent” that was), they’ll only further antagonize centrist and left-of-center voters, and November 2016 will be even worse for them than it would have been had they showed some humility and vision that extends past only two years.

Luckily, they’re not capable of showing such humility or vision.

Because of that, I should thank the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in advance for most likely inspiring me to blog much more regularly over the next two years than I have over the past year or two. (Obama’s second term thus far has been quite a snoozer.) I anticipate that they’ll give me lots of inspiration. They’ll be my muses – on crack.

True, I am ensconced here in California, which is like an isle unto itself, where, on the state level, anyway, we are not much troubled by the Repugnican Tea Party traitors. This week Democrats took every statewide office here once again, as they did in 2010, and the state Legislature remains in firm Democratic control. Both of our U.S. senators are Democrats, as are the majority of our members of the U.S. House of Representatives. As California Democratic Party head John Burton wrote in an e-mail today (with the subject line of “We’ll always have California”), “California remains a deep-blue beacon.”*

But, having lived the first 30 years of my life in the God-awful red state of Arizona, I know what it is like for the millions of Americans who languish in the red (and purple) states, and not everyone can move to California or to another blue state (and nor should they have to). It’s up to all of us progressives to do what we can to assuage the damage that the Repugnican Tea Party traitors have wreaked upon our nation. We have a duty to do our best to protect those who cannot protect themselves against the legions of right-wing traitors among us.

And I have the feeling that the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in D.C. over the next two years are going to fire us up to fight them like President Hopey-Changey hasn’t been able to fire us up for quite some time now.

*Interestingly, though, the for-profit media widely are making an “issue” of the fact that the Democrats haven’t retained a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of California’s Legislature. Wow. The bar always is set much lower for the wingnuts than it is for those of us who are left of center, isn’t it? Just as was the case with the 2000 presidential election, an actual win is always a “loss” for the left and an actual loss is always a “win” for the wingnuts. I mean, George W. Bush not only should have been impeached and removed from office, but he (and his cohorts) should have been executed for their war crimes (Vietraq War) and their crimes against humanity (Vietraq War, Hurricane Katrina), Nuremberg style, yet here the Repugnican Tea Party traitors are talking about Obama’s impeachment.

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Steele banks on Repugnican stupidity

Yesterday I called Repugnican National Committee head Michael Steele a liar.

I hadn’t planned to write more about his lies about this past weekend’s special election in Hawaii, but then today I got a fundraising e-mail in his name regarding Hawaii’s special election results, and the e-mail makes it clear that the Repugnican Party’s “leadership” has no problem whatsoever lying to its own supporters — especially if by lying to them the Repugnican Party’s “leaders” can get their dupes to give the party some money.

In an e-mail from the RNC (yes, I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list) titled “One Step Closer to Firing Nancy Pelosi,” which I received today, Steele (or his ghostwriter) writes:

Dear Robert,

This weekend, thanks to the generous support of RNC Sustaining Members like you [I’ve never given the Repugnican Party a single fucking penny in my entire life, so why the e-mail calls me a “sustaining member” I have no idea], Charles Djou was elected to the U.S. House in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

The race was decided by only a few thousand votes. Democrats and liberal special interests were determined to keep this seat in Democrat hands — a seat they had held for nearly 20 years — and flooded the district with party operatives and millions of dollars in campaign cash.

Despite the Democrats’ tactics, the RNC’s voter contact and get-out-the-vote programs helped push our GOP candidate over the top. The RNC made roughly 70,000 voter contacts — phone calls and door knocks — to ensure Republicans and like-minded Independents voted for Charles Djou.

This victory is another step toward Republicans regaining a majority in the U.S. House, firing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker and putting our country back on the right path. But we can take nothing for granted. We must work harder than ever to ensure our candidates at all levels have the necessary resources to defeat the Democrats this fall.

Please help keep the momentum going. Your secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 to the Republican National Committee today will help our Party stay on track to nationwide victories in the 2010 midterm elections.

With your continuing support, Robert, we will retake the U.S. House, reclaim the U.S. Senate and elect more Republican governors and state legislators in November. Thank you again for helping our Party win a historic victory in Hawaii, and moving us one step closer to firing Nancy Pelosi.

Sincerely,


Michael Steele
Chairman, Republican National Committee

P.S. Robert, Charles Djou’s victory in the special election to the U.S. House in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District is another example that our Party can win anywhere in the country when we have a principled, conservative candidate backed by the RNC’s network of grassroots supporters. Help ensure our vital 2010 candidate support and party-building programs keep moving forward by making a secure online gift of $25, $50, $100 or $500 to the RNC today. Thank you.

Wow.

Nowhere in the e-mail does Steele divulge that Djou won less than 40 percent of the vote to the almost 60 percent of the vote that his two Democratic challengers won — thus, Steele’s implication that the U.S. House district in Hawaii has flipped Repugnican from Democrat due to the Repugnican Party’s hard work is bullshit.

Nor does Steele bother to tell us in the fundraising e-mail that Djou is expected to lose his new seat in November — when, according to The Christian Science Monitor, unlike was the case in this past weekend’s special election, only one Democratic candidate may run against Djou, who must run again in November if he wishes to try to keep his new seat.

So Djou has less than six months to turn his less-than-40-percent support into the kind of support that can fend off the around-60-percent Democratic support that was evident in this past weekend’s special election — in a district that historically has been Democratic.

It’s highly unfuckinglikely that Djou will be able to do that.

Thus, it’s highly unfuckinglikely that Djou will be able “[move the Repugnican Party] one step closer to firing Nancy Pelosi,” since come November his congressional district most likely will elect a Democrat to replace him.

So the tactic of the fundraising e-mail was to lie about what Djou’s weekend win really means, and then to raise the specter of — gaaaaah!Nancy Pelosi! — in order to get Repugnican Party supporters riled up enough to give the party money.

You know, if you have to lie to your supporters like that, your party is probably far, far more fucked than you’d ever let them know.

Because then, they most likely wouldn’t give you any money.

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Repugnicans, ‘Christo’fascists and other assorted wingnuts: Crafty or insane?

For the past eight years the Repugnicans and wingnuts have been in charge of the nation like the patients being in charge of the insane asylum.

Now that they legitimately have lost power because their way of doing things nearly destroyed the nation and its democracy — I believe that a World War III-lovin’ McInsane/Palin-Quayle administration very well might have meant the end of our nation (perhaps even the world) as we know it — what are they going to do now?

They’re going to cry that they are the victims now — never mind the fact that they’ve been the oppressors for the past eight years, from stealing two presidential elections in a row (Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004) and starting the bogus Vietraq War (which was meant to make Dick Cheney’s war profiteering Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp even richer more than it was meant to accomplish anything else, so, when you think about it, that “mission accomplished” banner was accurate) to their last-gasp act of trying to oppress gay men and lesbians even more than they’ve already been oppressed.

So now you have the fascist gay-hating Mormons claiming that those who are fighting back against their unprovoked hatred are, in fact, actually the haters. That’s like the Nazis, who also persecuted gay men and lesbians, claiming that they were, in fact, the victims.

And now when they lose elections, the Repugnicans claim election fraud. Election fraud. The only way that they could “win” the White House in 2000 and in 2004 was to commit election fraud, and having a Repugnican state secretary of state in Florida in 2000 (Katherine Harris) and in Ohio in 2004 (Kenneth Blackwell) sure in the hell made that a lot easier.

The National Repugnican Senatorial Committee today put out an e-mail (I ended up on their e-mail list somehow) with the subject line of “Mischief in Minnesota?” suggesting that because Democrat Al Franken is ahead of Repugnican Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s recount of the U.S. Senate race between them, only vote-counting fraud possibly could explain Franken’s lead.

No, fascist motherfuckers, see, there are these things called ballots, and they can be counted, each and every fucking one of them. Unlike your whacked-out religious beliefs — such as that global warming is just God hugging us more closely — the results of an election can be proven.

Even though the Repugnican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court stopped the ballot-counting in Florida in 2000 so that George W. Bush could “win,” the results of an election can be determined. Hand-counting every last ballot can be incredibly tedious, to be sure, but in a democracy, that’s what you do.

Elections are won by the number of votes received, not by which side screams the loudest, as the Repugnicans “won” the White House in 2000 only because they screamed the loudest.

Let the wingnuts and the “Christo”fascists and the Repugnicans cry “victim” all they want.

We’re taking our nation back. With or without them, whether they like it or not. And we should not hesitate to wield our majority power, as when they were in the majority they never hesitated to wield theirs.

I do wonder, though, when the wingnuts and the Repugnicans and the “Christo”fascists surreally hypocritically claim victimhood, whether they are so insane as to truly believe that they actually are victims when, in fact, they’ve always been the victimizers, or whether they’re actually pretty politically astute as to knowingly falsely claim victimhood for political gain.

In any case, we need to call them on their shit and keep them in their place. Even though they’re in the minority now, they’ll still try to run the show.

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