South Dakota Republican Party Endorses Impeachment Of President Obama
The South Dakota Republican Party has endorsed a resolution calling for President Obama’s impeachment:
The South Dakota Republican Party state convention passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama Saturday.
The resolution says Obama has “violated his oath of office in numerous ways.” It specifically cites the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Obama’s statement that people could keep insurance companies, and recent EPA regulations on power plants.
“Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” the resolution reads.
len Unruh of Sioux Falls sponsored the resolution.
“I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president,” Unruh said, calling on South Dakota to “send a symbolic message that liberty shall be the law of the land.”
Delegate David Wheeler of Beadle County disagreed.
“I believe we should not use the power of impeachment for political purposes,” Wheeler said. “By doing this, we would look petty, like we can’t achieve our political goals through the political process.”
Larry Eliason of Potter County agreed, noting that he opposed the impeachment resolution even though “the only thing (Obama’s) done the last six years that I approve of is when he adopted a pet.”
But Larry Klipp of Butte County, a retired Marine, said matters go beyond mere political disagreements with Obama.
“If anyone in this room cannot see the horrendous, traitorous scandals run by the Obama administration, I will pray for you,” Klipp said.
Delegates voted 191-176 in favor of the resolution. The Pennington County delegation voted 47-9 in favor of the impeachment resolution, and Minnehaha County voted 28-15 in favor.
Rep. Kristi Noem, South Dakota’s lone delegate in the House of Representatives — which has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings — was cool to the resolution.
Noem, who addressed the Republican convention Saturday morning, hours before the resolutions was voted on, doesn’t believe impeachment is the “best way” to deal with Obama.
“The congresswoman currently believes the best way for Congress to hold the president accountable is to continue aggressive committee oversight and investigations into the administration’s actions like the ongoing VA scandal, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Benghazi, and the recent Taliban prisoner exchange,” said Brittany Comins, Noem’s spokesperson.
You can read the text of the resolution here.
There’s no record of any response to the resolution from former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, who is the Republican candidate for Senate and widely expected to win the election in November. However, one expects that we’d get the same kind of not-taking-a-position response from him that we got from Noem, mostly because both are motivated by the same desire to not be associated with something like this but at the same time to not cross the party base that supported it.
As I’ve noted before, this whole impeachment idea is one that has lurked in the background of conservative talk radio and blogs since virtually the day that Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office. Indeed, there isn’t an action too insignificant to not merit impeachment to some of these people, and the failed legacy of the Clinton impeachment doesn’t seem to faze them one bit, even when you point out that a Republican controlled Senate still would not have sufficient votes to actually convict Obama on any of the counts that the House might impeach him on. As with the Clinton Impeachment 15 years ago, it would be an utterly pointless political act that would do little but serve to rile up the passions of the Republican base.
The Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, especially people like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who were around for that first disastrous impeachment proceeding, have largely distanced themselves from talk about impeachment, as have even some of the more conservative members of both bodies. As I noted back in May in connection with the formation of the House Select Committee on the Benghazi attacks, though, there seems to be an inexorable movement toward at least the drafting of Articles of Impeachment would seem to be the logical conclusion. On some level, perhaps, all it would take is for prominent conservatives on talk radio and Fox News to start pushing the idea for it to have legs and, indeed, that has already happened with the publication of Faithless Execution: Building the Case For Obama’s Impeachment by National Review’s Andrew McCarthy. To be fair, McCarthy states publicly that he doesn’t believe that Obama will be impeached, or even that it would be politically wise for the Republican Party to pursue such a course of action However, what he as basically done is provide the primer for those who would do exactly that if the political conditions are right.
The interesting question is, will national Republicans continue to follow the strategy typified by people like Congresswoman Noem and the House and Senate leadership teams in ignoring these calls for impeachment but not shooting them down either for fear of annoying the hard right base of the party? Or, will they find themselves inexorably drawn to allow this to take place much like they found themselves forced to follow through with a government shutdown strategy less than a year ago?