The Tea Party strikes again, though its timing is lousy. While President Obama’s cave-in on Obamacare dominated news from Washington last week, the Tea Party filed the first articles of impeachment against a sitting Cabinet member to end a 137-year drought.
The pride of Texas, Congressman Pete Olson, sponsored the impeachment that charged Attorney General Eric Holder with “high crimes and misdemeanors” on Nov. 14.
Olson, whose legislative platform is built around “family values,” energy development and anti-gun control, said Holder has “systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Dept. in the eyes of the American people.”
He said Holder has refused to cooperate with the probe into “Operation Fast and Furious” and “continues to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official.”
Olson lined up a roster of Tea Party notables as co-sponsors including outgoing Michele Bachmann, Florida’s Ted Yoho, California’s Duncan Hunter, Texas’ Louie Gohmert, Kentucky’s Tom Massie and South Carolina’s Jeff Duncan.
Holder isn’t going to be impeached any time soon, despite the Congressman who represented Texas cities such as Needville, Missouri City, Katy, Sugarland and Alvin—birthplace of baseball great Nolan Ryan.
His impeachment campaign represents a handy fund-raising tool for the right-wing press. For instance, the Conservative Daily today is accepting sums from $3 to $149 to fax Congress in support of Olson’s measure.
And of course, Olson and his supporters can revisit the impeachment pitch as long as the AG continues in the service of his country.