GOP Congressman: “If We Were To Impeach The President Tomorrow, You Could Probably Get The Votes In The House Of Representatives To Do It.”
Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthol was answering a question at a Townhall about Obama’s birth certificate and quite surprisingly, made news for something he said that had nothing to do with Hawaii, Kenya or Obama’s eligibility for the presidency.
Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold said that Republicans could secure the votes to impeach Barack Obama in the House of Representatives. Farenthold was speaking at an open house held at a Civic Center in Luling, Texas, Saturday according to a YouTube video description and the Congressman’s online schedule. His answer came from a constituent’s question about conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate.
“I think unfortunately the horse is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue,” Farenthold said. “The original Congress when his eligibility came up should have looked into it and they didn’t. I’m not sure how we fix it.”
“You tie into a question I get a lot: ‘If everyone’s so unhappy with the president’s done, why don’t you impeach him?’” Farenthold continued. “I’ll give you a real frank answer about that: If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted.”
……Which doesn’t mean that Republicans in the House don’t want to get rid of Obama.
There are 3 practical problems with trying to impeach Obama.
1) You’ve got to pick something to impeach him on that the American people will agree with. Impeaching Bill Clinton for perjury was perfectly legitimate, but the American people decided he was in trouble for lying about sex, figured they’d do the same in that situation and cut him a break. If let’s say, it turned out that Obama ordered the IRS to go after Tea Party groups, that could be a legitimate issue in the eyes of the public. If we get something like that, the House would probably be inclined to move forward.
2) Even if Obama sacrificed a baby to Satan on the steps of Congress, Democrats in the Senate wouldn’t vote to impeach him. In other words, to actually make it happen, the GOP would need to control the Senate.
3) Politically, a lot of Republicans believe that impeaching Bill Clinton backfired. That means they’d be reluctant to move against Obama unless they are convinced the public is on their side.
So does Obama deserve to be impeached? I think you could make a good case that he does. But should you expect him to be impeached? Well, it wouldn’t be wise to hold your breath waiting for it happen.