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Remember that time Democrats tried to impeach Bush? Because they sure don't

While we enjoy the blizzard of fundraising letters Democrats are using to siphon cash out of their gullible supporters, and MSNBC's round-the-clock saturation coverage of the non-existent impeachment threat, let's pause for a little comic relief from the reliably amusing Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who thinks House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against Obama for executive over-reach is actually "a veiled attempt at impeachment."

I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.

There's a whole lot of stupid packed into that statement, beginning with the fact that whatever else you can say about the House lawsuit, it's not in any sense equivalent to impeachment... not least because even if the suit prevails, there's roughly zero chance it would do so before Obama left office.  Also, she might want to have a little chat with the Supreme Court about what Obama has the "authority" to do, since he's been on quite a losing streak over there lately.

But the fun part is that our amnesiac Rep. Jackson Lee most certainly did try to impeach Bush.  In fact, she co-sponsored the legislation.  I've previously suggested that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's mental fitness for office should be called into question; if Jackson Lee honestly can't remember what happened six or seven years ago, it's time for her to be removed and bundled off for treatment.  Or maybe it's just time for Democrats to stop acting like brain-damaged lunatics in their desperate attempts to work up some enthusiasm from their dispirited base ahead of a tough election.

Dan McLaughlin makes a very good point over at RedState: the same media that incessantly badgers mainstream Republicans about anything and everything said by anyone even tenuously connected to the Right is giving the Democrats a total and complete pass on their impeachment fundraising drive, pushed energetically by kooks and liars like Jackson Lee to club loose change out of people even kookier than she is.  Not only is the media happy to indulge the kind of conspiracy-mongering they would staple to Republican foreheads on the talk-show circuit, but they're actively helping.  MSNBC is making a gigantic in-kind donation to the Democrat Impeachment Gremlin fundraising effort.

Also, while the media has been known to hassle Republicans over peripheral weirdness that has little real significance, this Democrat impeachment fever is enormously divisive and damaging to the nation.  If you don't think so yet, just wait until Obama abuses his power in ways deliberately intended to goad Republicans into actually contemplating impeachment.  I thought the media was supposed to hate blind partisanship, political theater, and Beltway gridlock.  Impeachment Fever is a pure, distilled, white-lightning shot of all three.


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