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Fox Revs Up Impeachment Lunacy, With Krauthammer at the Wheel

Fox revs up impeachment lunacy, with Krauthammer at the wheel
Megyn Kelly, Charles Krauthammer | (Credit: Fox News)

Salon ~ Joan Walsh

GOP pundit who said Dems invented impeachment threat now says Obama’s about to commit “impeachable offense.” Huh?

And so it begins, again. “I believe this is an impeachable offense,” Charles Krauthammer told Fox host Megyn Kelly Thursday night, discussing President Obama’s planned executive action on illegal immigration. “It is very clear that what he’s doing now […] is a flagrant assault on the Constitution, on the separation of powers.”

Impeachment carnival barker Andrew McCarthy jumped on Twitter with Krauthammer’s pronouncement. So did the excitable and feeble-minded folks at Breitbart. GOP Congress members are likely to follow.

Of course you’ll recall that, back in July, it was Krauthammer who claimed talk of the president’s possible impeachment was “a concoction of Democrats,” as he denied any serious Republicans were interested in such a move. “They know that in 1998 the party was saved, the sixth year of an administration, it was saved by impeachment, overreaching on impeachment by Republicans, and this is a good issue, it’s a good way to raise money,” he said then.

Now he’s telling Kelly, one of Fox’s most reliable impeachment trolls, that Obama is about to commit “an impeachable offense.”

It was Kelly, back in January, who asked then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if he would consider impeaching the president. (McConnell ducked the question.) Late in the summer, though, top Republicans put out the word that impeachment was an overreach likely to rev up the Democratic base and cost the party its coming midterm landslide, so she settled down.

But Kelly brought the charge back election eve, suggesting that any Obama executive action deferring deportation might be designed to “offend” Republicans into impeaching him. Those poor impetuous creatures are slaves to emotion, the Fox host seemed to suggest, and can’t be blamed if they’re baited into political overreach by our amoral, conniving president.

In fact, Kelly’s doing the baiting herself. On Wednesday she asked Sen. Jeff Sessions if he thought Obama’s coming immigration move was an “impeachable offense.” He said he thought Republicans had enough “tools” to push back – and as new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, he suggested he’d look at defunding the Justice Department or other agencies if Obama moved.

Interestingly, on Thursday night, in the same segment where he branded executive action “an impeachable offense,” Krauthammer warned Republicans not to use the budget to shut down the government — just one day after Sessions told Kelly he’d consider using his new budgetary powers to stop such a move. So he’s trying to restrain newly empowered Republicans at the same time he’s riling them up?

To be fair, back when he blamed Democrats for the impeachment talk, Krauthammer also told Bret Baier that any executive action on immigration would indeed be “an impeachable offense” – but one that he would be “100 percent against.” Krauthammer may still oppose impeachment, too, as political overreach that will damage his party.

And yet Thursday night he threw kindling on a fire that had seemed to burn itself out. Will he get away again with claiming this was all the Democrats’ idea? Probably. Fox will play both sides of the fence as long as it entertains its Obama-hating audience. Krauthammer will try to steer the impeachment clown car, but he may find it takes him over a cliff.

5 thoughts on “Fox Revs Up Impeachment Lunacy, With Krauthammer at the Wheel

  1. Charles Krauthammer’s claim that the President’s proposed executive action on immigration is an “impeachable offense” is outrageously FALSE and LUDICROUS. Sorry Charlie, but you obviously don’t know your history nor the law! Almost EVERY president since Eisenhower has used “executive action” to assist immigrants to enter or stay in the U.S.! (This includes Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II.) Conservative hero President Reagan TWICE used unilateral “executive action” to assist immigrants in staying in the U.S.! When Congress failed to extend immigration benefits to family members of beneficiaries of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, President Reagan UNILATERALLY and without Congressional authorization issues an executive order granting immigration benefits to those family members. Not a single senator, congressperson, or conservative pundit mentioned a peep about impeaching President Reagan. No one talked about impeaching any of the NINE (9) prior presidents who used “executive action” to assist immigrants in entering or staying in the U.S.!

    GET THE FACTS: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/executive-grants-temporary-immigration-relief-1956-present

    The GOP has embarked on its “reverse affirmative action” plan applying its legal interpretation to America’s first African American president. With legal precedents from NINE (9) prior presidents, isn’t it interesting that the GOP now finds it’s an “impeachable offense” for America’s first African American president to take the same type of “executive action.” No “post-racial society” from this GOP! Any lawsuit claiming that President Obama does not have legal authority to take unilateral “executive action” to assist undocumented person now in the U.S. will be LAUGHED OUT of federal court. Mr. President, you have well-founded and full legal authority to take “executive action” to implement a legal, humane, fair, and reasonable policy deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented persons and granting them work permits so they may to come out of the shadows, remain in this country, and continue contributing to our nation. MR. PRESIDENT, JUST DO IT!

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    1. Excellent response to this article tvcwp32. Especially this part:

      The GOP has embarked on its “reverse affirmative action” plan applying its legal interpretation to America’s first African American president. With legal precedents from NINE (9) prior presidents, isn’t it interesting that the GOP now finds it’s an “impeachable offense” for America’s first African American president to take the same type of “executive action.” No “post-racial society” from this GOP! Any lawsuit claiming that President Obama does not have legal authority to take unilateral “executive action” to assist undocumented person now in the U.S. will be LAUGHED OUT of federal court. Mr. President, you have well-founded and full legal authority to take “executive action” to implement a legal, humane, fair, and reasonable policy deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented persons and granting them work permits so they may to come out of the shadows, remain in this country, and continue contributing to our nation. MR. PRESIDENT, JUST DO IT!

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