Sunday, August 25, 2013


There are a lot of impeachment petitions floating around online. Most of them are the work of opportunists trying to build up e-mail lists, and this one, from a new Fox Nation/Blaze-wannabe sight called Capitol Hill Daily, is no exception. What sets it apart is the imaginative impeachment scenario:
By signing this petition, you're demanding, alongside us here at Capitol Hill Daily, that Congress place President Obama's powers under immediate suspension, that they conduct a thorough investigation of every scandal his administration has faced, and that his high crimes be judged before a court of law.
Yes, they're telling the rubes -- you know, those rubes in the tricorn hats who tell us that the main thing we need to do is go back to the strict principles of the Constitution -- that this is how impeachment works:

Ummm, folks? That's not how impeachment works. Go read Article I, Section 3, and Article II, Section 4, of your beloved Constitution. No one gets to put the president's "powers under immediate suspension." And there's no trial "before a court of law" because the trial takes place in the Senate. That part is the trial. Was 1998 that long ago?

According to Right Wing Watch, Capitol Hill Daily comes to us from Charisma Media, a Pentecostal publisher best known for a Christian periodical called Charisma Magazine. Charisma Media recently began moving into secular politics with a e-mail asserting, with no actual evidence, that "Obamacare Just Killed its Millionth Person." An anti-Obamacare petition, naturally, was attached -- gotta collect those e-mail addresses!

The "chief political analyst" of Capitol Hill Daily is Floyd Brown, the co-founder of Citizens United, who's best known for his Willie Horton ads against Mike Dukakis in 1988, and for years of anti-Clinton work in the 1990s. I don't know if Brown is involved in the ad, but hell, you'd think he'd know how impeachment works.


Unknown said...

It's like the Nigerian prince scam. The scammers made the pitch as insane as possible so as to scare off anyone who has the least amount of self-awareness or critical thinking skills. Weeds out the troublemakers,see? Same here. Mr. Citizens United Not Timid (gotta love the acronym) wants the rubiest rubes he can find to keep that sweet grift money coming.

I wonder how many kids are finding that their old or recently-deceased parents have given away their entire nest eggs to these guys?

Kathy said...

I don't know if Brown is involved in the ad, but hell, you'd think he'd know how impeachment works.

He probably does, but he doesn't care. This is all about keeping the base baying at the heels of any elected officials who won't do what they want when they want it. Impeachment doesn't work like that? Well, it should, and any RINO who tries to, you know, follow the rules will be excoriated - and face a Tea Party primary challenger, of course.

Philo Vaihinger said...

Hey, that Nigerian prince writes me all the time. Cool dude.

Steve M. said...

Leslie, those are actually two separate groups -- in fact, Citizens United was so angry when Citizens United Not Timid emerged that there were legal threats.

If only both sides could have lost that fight....

Victor said...

Maybe they're referring to the KKKonfederate KKKonstitution - you know, the one for the CSA, instead of the USA?

Nope, it's the same procedure.
So they didn't even bother to read that one.

I wish I was a greedy sociopath, so that I could fleece the rubes in all of the many flocks they're in!
Sadly, even an Agnostic like me, doesn't think it's worth the effort.

Karma doesn't always arrive - but when it does, it's usually with a vengeance.

Philo Vaihinger said...

The Tea Party: a tempest in a teacup for morons.