Impeachment is "not something you take lightly,"
-- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), claiming President Obama is "perilously close" to being impeached.
I mean, honestly, how seriously can you take a person who doesn't even believe his own words? If Tom Coburn actually believes -- I mean, truly believes in the deepest cockles of his heart -- that the President is "perilously close" to impeachment, then it is something the senator takes so lightly that he would float through the ozone unless weighted down by circus-full of elephants.
I mean, honestly, just listen to Mr. Coburn gumfum his way through explaining the seriousness of his "standards" that he doesn't take lightly.
"I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration," he said, "but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence, of people who are making decisions."
Let's accept just for the sake of mind-numbing argument that everything he says is true. If "a ton of incompetence" was the standard for impeachment, there would be almost no members in the House of Representatives. And the Senate would be a near-empty, hollow echo chamber. Incompetence? Incompetence???! I challenge Tom Coburn to scroll through every letter of the Constitution and find the word "incompetence" in there...anywhere. Not just in the section on impeachment.
Secondly, the concept of impeaching a president is not based on anything -- ANYTHING! -- done by "people who are making decisions." It's about what the President of the United States himself, and himself alone, did. If some claboon heading up a cabinet agency screwed up royally, then he or she would get impeached. Not the president by osmosis. Impeachment doesn't work that way.
As for "some intended violation of the law in this administration" --
Again, impeachment of the the president isn't about what is done in the "administration," it's about what the president himself did, and himself alone. And further, it's not about what some senator might "think" was done. But about what was actually done, in fact. And it's not about "some intended violation" of the law -- I suspect there are intended violations of laws all the time by all presidents, to work around inconvenient blocks to what they want to accomplish. Y'know, driving above the speed limit knowingly is an intended violation of the law -- impeachment is about committing high crimes and misdemeanors.
And if Tom Coburn wants to seriously talk about impeachment -- seriously -- and not take it "lightly," then that demands explaining exactly, precisely, in detail what those actual, impeachable crimes are. So that they can be debated, which is the requirement in that pesky Constitution. Impeachment is not about not liking what a guy is doing. Or because he's black.
Not taking it lightly? Tom Coburn takes the concept so lightly he makes a Twinkie look like haute cuisine.
And when Tom Coburn says that he --
Oh, forget it. He doesn't believe a word of what he's saying. He's trying to fundraise and to hell if it helps shred the country and rip it apart.
The day that Tom Coburn can talk about "impeachment" and "not taking it lightly" and explain why he thought George W. Bush lying the country into a war didn't mean his standard of "incompetence," that's the day I'll at least let him finish his sentence without laughing.
I almost hope Republicans go forth and try to impeach President Obama. I sense that the country would be so outraged that it would finally be the tipping point, and Democrats would sweep the next election so profoundly that you'd need the Hubble telescope to find the nearest Republican.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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