During his press conference, John Boehner responded to a question about the potential for an immigration bill with a thinly veiled threat to impeach President Obama.
Boehner was asked if Obama’s executive action immigration reform could be a catalyst for the passage of an immigration bill.
Speaker Boehner answered, “No, because I believe that if the president continues to act on his own he is going to poison the well. When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself, and he is going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path. The American people made it clear Election Day. They want to get things done, and they don’t want the president acting on a unilateral basis.”
The question that the mainstream media hasn’t been asking is how could Republicans possibly “burn” Obama”? They have spent years obstructing his agenda and refusing to confirm his nominees. Boehner can’t find a law firm that will take his lawsuit, so it appears that the legal option is out of the question. Republicans could punish the president by shutting down the government, but that would be a suicidal move so close to the next presidential election.
There is one way that Republicans in the House and Senate could strike back at the president. They could launch a series of coordinating investigations with the intent of building a case for impeaching the president.
Since the summer, Fox News and other conservative media have been trying to stir up impeachment talk over President Obama’s potential action on immigration. Speaker Boehner was speaking in a bit of right-wing code with his talk of Obama and matches.
Republicans won a majority in the Senate on Tuesday night, and by Thursday they were already making veiled threats towards the president.
President Obama is out office in two years. There is very little that congressional Republicans can do to him. The one thing that they will gain in January is control of Senate committees. It is expected that Republicans launch a barrage of Senate investigations into the president.
When President Obama issues his immigration executive orders, the Republican calls for impeachment will grow. Boehner was careful not to use the I-word, but it was easy to see what he meant.
If President Obama doesn’t give Republicans what they want, impeachment will be on the table.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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