Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Repeal the President?" Really? So Says One Representative

Remember a while back when I predicted that the new Republican majority in the House would attempt to repeal the healthcare reform law AND attempt to impeach Obama? Also remember how I suggested that Republicans might work these two maneuvers hand-in-hand?

If you don't remember, my original post is HERE.

We now know that part one of my prediction is well under way given events in the House this week. The Republican majority indeed did vote to repeal the healthcare law. For a quick review of the big time B.S. arguments the Rs are using against the healthcare law, see this article from the Washington Post HERE. Meanwhile, the Democratically controlled Senate has said it will never bring repeal up, so it's likely to die right there as a symbolic vote by House Republicans. Or is it?

I ask because I find the following comments from Representative Bachmann (R-MN) this week from the floor of the House very interesting and a bit scary:

"This is not symbolic, this is why we were sent here and we will not stop until we repeal a president and put a president in the position of the White House who will repeal this bill, until we repeal the current Senate, put in a Senate that will listen to the American people and repeal this bill."

Article HERE.

"Repeal the president?" Put a president "in the position of the White House" who will repeal this bill? Really? What's she talking about? Is she talking about an extended campaign to elect Republican majorities into the Senate and the White House? Or, is she talking about something more aggressive?

Sure, Bachmann is a blow hard nut job. But, remember, the House is the body that can initiate and prosecute articles of impeachment against the president. They did it last time a Democrat was president (and he was in his second term...not even a threat to win re-election like Obama is now) and I don't think we should underestimate what they're capable of this time around.

All I'm saying is, hey, they DID vote to repeal the healthcare law and they DID impeach a Democratic president last time they had the opportunity. We may be seeing the beginnings of the later scenario playing out again. Something to think about.

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