An effort by Senate Republicans to oust embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane [DEMOCRAT] through a little-used provision of the state Constitution fell short this afternoon, with supporters of removal winning a majority of senators but not the two-thirds needed.
Ms. Kane, who has been charged with perjury and other crimes, faces a second legislative initiative on the question of removing her from office. As the Senate debated this afternoon, the House by a vote of 170-12 adopted a resolution authorizing a committee to investigate her conduct and determine if she “is liable to impeachment.”
Oh, man, it’s a real shame that we can’t immediately have this woman removed from office before the April 26th primary in Pennsylvania. Nope. Can’t do it, more’s the pity. Guess we’re going to have to wait until the middle of election season before the actual impeachment. Golly gee, isn’t that just awful?
PS: Sarcasm? Moi?
The Investor’s Business Daily:
Liberals claiming Republicans want to impeach Obama should first explain why Republicans would want to. Obama is Republicans’ greatest political asset and Democrats’ greatest political liability. And for Republicans, he promises to be an asset that continues to pay dividends.
Continue reading Quote of the Day, Speaking As A PARTISAN I Agree Edition.
It’s surprisingly difficult. Should we:
- Ignore it completely as being the political equivalent of the Democrats trying to restart a man’s heart, only using a car battery?
- Tell them flat-out no (this is what I think that Byron York wants us to do)?
- Tell them flat-out no, then point and laugh?
Continue reading I can’t decide on how the GOP should react to Democrats’ desperate begging for impeachment.
Basically: The President and the Democrats would dearly love for the GOP to take the bait, only nobody running things in the party is taking the bait, so the Democrats are pretending that the bait is in danger of being taken so that the Democrats can campaign on the topic.
Let me be blunt. If Bill Clinton had not been impeached then Barack Obama probably would have been; but since we all remember that convoluted hot mess there’s a certain wary weariness to go through it again. That the administration is suffering from the political equivalent of coitus interruptus over the GOP’s stubborn refusal to do them the favor of impeaching a lame duck this go-round is merely a matter of no little amusement. Honestly, the last thing we need to do is to give this guy any more validation…
UPDATE: Oops. H/T Hot Air Headlines.
Rick does not believe in impeachment, for a very practical reason – to wit: there is no plan* – but he does believe in pain, and how the GOP can apply it to the executive branch in 2015 and beyond. Basically, it’s So you like bureaucracy, huh? Here! Have some!
Congress should be devouring the bandwidth of the targeted agencies. Flooding the zone with requests, constant depositions of senior leaders, a constant legal barrage of inquiry for every email, every piece of paper, everything, all the time. Who cares if we use it? Torture them every minute of the day and force them to live in fear of contempt charges. Make their execs lawyer up, and dig dig dig at every inconsistency.
Second, the power of the purse is entirely underutilized, and Congress as a rule has no creativity. Don’t cooperate? Zero out every executive bonus in the agency for a decade. Don’t cooperate? No more conferences, training seminars, trips. Don’t cooperate? No more drivers for senior execs. Don’t cooperate? Every construction project for every building your agency wants is zeroed. Don’t cooperate? We’re relocating 98% of your manpower to Omaha. Don’t cooperate? Zero out the public affairs budget. Don’t cooperate? Every program with ‘green’ ‘affirmative’ ‘equal opportunity’ ‘LGBT’ ‘diversity’ or ‘awareness’ is zeroed out.
Sure, it sounds petty, but the agency people we’re talking about are the most parochial, small-minded bureaucratic weasels, and their perks and powers are all they care about. All it takes is a more bloody-minded approach.
Continue reading Quote of the Day, I Love This Long-Term Plan For The GOP By @TheRickWilson edition.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) This is not going to end up being a windmill joust against Barack Obama. Much to the Democrats’ secret displeasure.
GOP leaders will help coordinate various House investigations into controversies involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State Department.
But the key Republican lawmaker with jurisdiction on all these matters said that a rerun of the Clinton-era probes won’t occur.
“These are all different agencies of government. This administration owns the failures, but not necessarily the direct blame … we’re looking at each individual case so it’s very different than what you view historically as a target where it [was] always about President Clinton. This isn’t about President Obama,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Hill.
Continue reading Darrell Issa, John Boehner not “taking the bait” with current White House scandals.
honorable representative from Arizona, on civility levels these days:
“Not even in our worst days as Democrats did we demean and attempt to cripple the office of president.”
…sayeth the man who cosponsored articles of impeachment against then-Vice President Dick Cheney. In early 2008, no less, which means that Grijalva had no better motive here than to try to take a cheap shot against the President. By proxy. When it was already clear that when it came to this particular subject Bush was right, and Grijalva was wrong. And if you don’t believe me, go ask President Obama, who has c0ntinued the war policies* that Grijalva wanted to impeach Cheney over. You won’t get a straight answer from Obama, mind – but then, when did we ever?
We will now pause while various antiwar faction members try to claim that attempting to impeach the Vice President should not be seen as an attempt to “demean and attempt to cripple the office of president.” I’d say forgive them – after all, at this point this is all that they have – but I find that I have very little forgiveness in my heart for people who’d happily throw any number of non-Westerners onto the pyre, just to win an election…
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines)
*If not quite as competently.
“And if it means I have to sacrifice myself to a higher cause, for the people of Illinois and for the principle of due process and the right to call witnesses, then so be it,”
For great justice.
CHICAGO — Illinois’ embattled but defiant governor, so fond of reciting poetry as he defends himself against federal corruption allegations, has turned instead to the history books to describe the emotional strain his arrest put on him and his family.
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared his early morning December arrest by FBI agents to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
He says it was a “complete surprise” but he’ll prevail, just like America in World War II.
Continue reading Go down swinging, Rod Blagojevich.