The New York Times' lede story today was headlined "An Onslaught of Woes Raises Questions on Obama’s Vision."
That item comes a day after the Wall StreetJournal slapped on its front page an analysis called "Controversies Threaten President Obama’s Agenda."
Both papers are too kind to the president, who is reeling from the triple-headed monster stemming from the Benghazi attack, Internal Revenue Service overreach and Justice Dept. intimidation of the media.
The only vision/agenda that Obama has during his last 1,300 days in office is surviving a sure-to-happen impeachment proceeding in the House. The president of late has been depicted as the reincarnation of president Nixon. Bill Clinton is a more apt role model.
There's no love lost between Obama and the Tea Party-infused House, which today is voting to repeal ObamaCare for the 37th time. [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the House vote fits nicely with Einstein’s definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. "The House Republicans have truly lost their minds," said Reid on the Senate floor.]
It's hardly a stretch to imagine the House re-channeling its fruitless effort to get rid of ObamaCare to one focused on getting rid of Obama.
Today, the GOP controls the House by a 233-201 margin. On Dec. 19, 1998, a far less partisan GOP-controlled House (223-221) impeached Clinton on grounds of perjury by a 228-206 vote. It impeached the president on obstruction of justice charges by a 221-212 vote.
On Feb. 12, 1999 the Senate, which was 55-45 controlled by Republicans, acquitted Clinton by a margin of 17 votes. Sixty votes in the Senate are required for impeachment. Democrats control the current Senate by 55-45.
Obama’s administration for the rest of its term will be confronted by never-ending GOP investigations. Those probes are 100 percent designed to derail any of the president’s initiatives. Obama’s only hope: strong Democratic performances in the 2014 Congressional elections.
A big Democratic Congressional win is the only chance for Team Obama to return to relevance.
Thinkman2 (May 20, 2013): I could not tell if the concered Marine was talking about Nixon, Bush, Cheney or Obama!
Lar5 (May 20, 2013): Talk of impeaching our first black president by some of the most right wing zealot republicans will certainly label the GOP as the party of hate. McConnell started it from the first day of Obama's presidency. It will be his and the republicans historical legacy. The people of this country will long remember this republican congress and never forget it's war against Obama, women, the poor and middle class and people of color.
Shafawn (May 20, 2013): Impeaching Obama now is our last chance to avoid tyranny
very concerned Marine (May 17, 2013): Many are going to attempt to cloud the issue with word games and double talk.
The fact remains that he has done what he has done, and he deceives with fancy political talk and gives an excellent facade of leadership but beneath what is seen are deep ulterior visions of a nation that is governed not by the people, but by the government.
A nation that serves its government, not a nation where government is to serve the people.
His talk is cheap, his actions speak volumes.
The decisions to try and redefine things shows an arrogance in his heart that will destroy the fabric of the USA.
Bill Huey (May 17, 2013): Obama should just come right out and say, "Hey, I promised to SERVE the country. I never promised that I would RUN the country. This stuff bores me to tears, and I'm supposed to have people handling it. If I have to fire them all, I will, but don't expect me to mind everything that's going on."
Impeachment? We're a long way from impeachment. Boehner said he would build the rest of his career on Benghazi. That's how out of touch they are. So long, John. See you on the golf course.
Northern PR (May 17, 2013): Kevin, the House actually has to find something illegal that the president himself did to start impeachment proceedings. The Benghazi tempest in a teapot is already over, and Obama knew zero about the IRS situation and the AP deal. Until something actually illegal can be pinned on Obama, this is all just partisan hyperventilating.
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (May 17, 2013): It is not merely a matter of this administration returning to relevance; it is as much or even more for government, or what has been passing for it these past four terms, to return to relevance and the trust of Americans and the world.. One important and critical step will be the elimination of carefully worded rhetoric and the use of the kind of language Harry Truman used that never had to be decoded.