The GOP is in a lather to impeach President Obama. Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says, no way. He has one very succinct reason. As he summed it up to Bill O’Reilly on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’, it is this:
Have you met Joe Biden?
The GOP’s Shorts are in a twist over immigration.
The latest kerfuffle — one in a long string that has GOP shorts in a twist — is over Obama’s statements that he will soon take executive action on immigration. Former Judge Andrew Napolitano, a legal analyst for Fox News, said on ‘Fox and Friends’ that the President could be impeached for what he is proposing to do. Napolitano said:
Under the Constitution, only the Congress can rewrite the law. So you have the president rewriting the law and failing to comply with his oath. What does that equal? That equals serious violations of the Constitution. That equals offenses that rise to the level of impeachability.
Interesting, considering that in October, Napolitano pointed out exactly what Obama could legally do on immigration. At that time, he said:
He can’t make illegals legal. But he can do the following: he can open the borders […] he can issue green cards to whoever he wants, he can stop deportations for the rest of his presidency.
Those actions have to do with enforcement of immigration law and legitimately fall within the scope of executive powers. Nevertheless, the judge’s more recent proclamation about the President ‘rewriting the law’ to make undocumented immigrants ‘legal’ has infected some Republicans with impeachment fever. Again.
On Thursday, O’Reilly accused Obama of creating a new law on immigration that supersedes the law that Congress passed. Never mind the falsity of the statement — this is Fox ‘News’, after all.
Impeachment talk puts Trey Gowdy in a panic.
O’Reilly went on to ask Congressman Gowdy, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, about the likelihood that anyone in the House of Representatives would ‘go down that road’ of impeaching Obama. Gowdy’s response was immediate:
Have you met Joe Biden is my response to that, so no.
When O’Reilly pursued that possibility, Gowdy sounded almost panicky:
Nobody is discussing impeachment except pundits and commentators … The only people who want us to talk about impeachment are the President’s allies … I’ve met Joe Biden. That’s not the answer.
When O’Reilly pretended obtuseness (or was he pretending?) and asked Gowdy to explain the reference to Joe Biden, the congressman replied:
He would be the new president.
The GOP sees a worse alternative than Obama.
So there is a worse alternative in Republican eyes than Obama as president. Who knew? That alternative is also Obama’s insurance policy — and its name is Joe Biden.
Since the House has the responsibility to impeach, which is simply bringing charges, and the Senate has the responsibility to hold a trial on those charges, the nation will no doubt be subjected to a circus over the situation. Again.
But we can enjoy watching it all sputter to an end — probably without articles of impeachment ever being drawn. What a horror for the GOP if they were actually confronted with voting on conviction. They simply couldn’t convict because, you know — Joe Biden.
Watch the Fox News video of O’Reilly and Rep. Gowdy: