With the talk heating up regarding a Republican attempt to impeach President Barack Obama on a number of charges, more and more observers believe the impeachment question is trumped up by the White House, the Democratic Party, its their news media echo chamber, according to a GOP leaders such as Speaker of the House John Boehner on Monday.
"This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's elections," Boehner said during a press briefing. "It's all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
“[Obama] wants us to impeach him now, before the midterm election because his senior advisers believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama believes impeachment could motivate the Democratic Party base to come out and vote,” said Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas.
Former Congressman Ernest Istook, R-Okla., in Friday's Washington Times appears to agree with Boehner and Stockman: “President Obama insists on flirting with impeachment even as House Republican leaders insist there’s no such possibility,” Istook wrote. “Already operating beyond the constitutional bounds of presidential power, Mr. Obama’s strategy is to push the bounds further rather than pulling back. He dares political foes to make his day.”
Istook, who is now a policy wonk with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, said in his op-ed: "By setting himself up as a victim, Mr. Obama attempts to rally his base to rescue him by voting for Democrats. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters the White House takes the prospect of impeachment seriously, linking it to the House lawsuit against Mr. Obama. But White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, when asked, was unable to identify any major GOP leaders other than Sarah Palin who publicly support impeachment. Republican leaders recognize the downside all too well, but are resisting pressure from their own base."
According to an "Inside-the-Beltway" political strategist, Republicans aren't seeking impeachment, but the news media, always ready to help deliver the liberal-left message, are seeking to arouse anger within the far-left voters. Democrats are intentionally setting up an "impeachment straw man" in order to open the door to Republican Party conservatives to push for pursuing the impeachment of Obama, according to Michael Baker.
"Too many members of today's news organizations can always be counted on to use a minimum amount of intelligence when covering a partisan story, he added.
As part of fundraising for the 2014 election cycle, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who many say has a very casual relationship with the truth, during a National Urban League luncheon claimed to an audience of Obama's "true believers" that the GOP is "suing the president for doing his job. And some of them want to go even further, talking about impeachment. That’s what Republicans have told us they’ll do.”
"I doubt the Republicans told Wasserman Schultz anything about their plans. This speech was part of the media frenzy being created by Obama himself," said Baker.
Baker claims that even the First Lady is in on the impeachment conspiracy: Michelle Obama warned during one of her appearances that “if we lose these midterm elections, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to finish what we started because we’ll just see more of the same out in Washington –- more obstruction, more lawsuits and talk about impeachment.”
"While Sarah Palin and other conservative and Tea Party activists believe Obama should be impeached for a string of arguably illegal actions, Palin isn't an office-holder. What's more important is for the Republicans to get their act together and create a unified message on why Obama is bad for the country and he must be stopped by having the GOP control both houses of the U.S. Congress," said former military intelligence and police detective Michael Snipes, a diehard conservative.