Texas Lt. Governor: Obama Should Be Impeached

Facepalm

Just last year, Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst was considered the relative moderate in the race for the GOP nomination to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

Well consider this:

Texas’ incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, the second-highest elected official in the state, called Monday night for the impeachment of president Barack Obama at a Tea Party forum for candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race.

“This election is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now. I don’t know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached,” Dewhurst said. “Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”

Exit questions:

First, does Dewhurst actually believe this or is is just pandering to a Tea Party group?

Second, does it really matter what the answer to the first question is?

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Comments

  1. C. Clavin says:

    Is David Dewhurst really Jenos??? Have you ever seen them in the same room together???

    Benghaziiiiiii!!!!!!!

  2. Todd says:

    All I have to say is that living here in Texas is not nearly as bad as a reasonable person might be led to believe just by observing our nutty politicians.

  3. legion says:

    @Todd: Ask a pregnant teenager that.

  4. wr says:

    @C. Clavin: “Is David Dewhurst really Jenos???”

    David Dewhurst has a job, so I’m thinking no.

  5. Jim Henley says:

    “Dewhurst then urged the audience to buy high-quality gold coins, which will hold their value in a crisis, from his exclusive marketing partner.”

  6. Todd says:

    @legion: lol, I didn’t say it was great. Just that as someone who lives here, it just doesn’t really play into my family’s day to day life.

  7. al-Ameda says:

    “This election is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now. I don’t know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached,” Dewhurst said. “Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”

    For god’s sake, Benghazi? Refresh my memory on this, does anyone remember if Democrats called for the impeachment of Ronald Reagan based on the devastating bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon that resulted in the death of over 200 marines? After all, we were surprised by that terrorist attack, right?

    I think guys like David Dewhurst just want the Black guy out of the White House. Republicans have the votes to impeach right now, I’m a touch surprised that they haven’t drafted articles of impeachment yet. After their failure to get Obama to agree to rescind ACA they may very well be motivated to take up impeachment.

  8. Jim Henley says:

    @al-Ameda:

    After their failure to get Obama to agree to rescind ACA they may very well be motivated to take up impeachment.

    I suspect some of them see a debt-ceiling breach as the chance to push through that door. Obama resorts to Amendment XIV or the Platinum Coin? Impeach! Obama doesn’t resort to those things? Louis Gohmert’s already on record as claiming default itself is an impeachable offense. Because of course it is.

  9. Ron Beasley says:

    @Jim Henley: Plus their masters at the Heritage Foundation will demand it.

  10. Ron Beasley says:

    We should not only let Texas succeed we should ask them to. It’s fairly obvious it was probably a mistake to bring them in in the first place.

  11. grumpy realist says:

    Well, according to how the law is set out, Congress can impeach the POTUS simply because they don’t like the dye job he did on his hair. Call a bad hair job a “crime/misdemeanour”, and voila.

    The thing is, it’s a nuclear bomb the first time you do it, then steadily less fizzy with repeated attempts. It’s going to become the “oh, yeah, we gotta let the Teahadists have their silly little temper tantrum in the House, then the Senate will swat the whole thing down.” Yawn.

    And when you claim the POTUS is “carrying out impeachable activities”, you had better be damn sure the rest of the country agrees with your estimate. Otherwise you end up looking like a hysterical nutter.

  12. al-Ameda says:

    @Jim Henley:

    I suspect some of them see a debt-ceiling breach as the chance to push through that door. Obama resorts to Amendment XIV or the Platinum Coin? Impeach! Obama doesn’t resort to those things? Louis Gohmert’s already on record as claiming default itself is an impeachable offense. Because of course it is.

    Honestly, the 14th Amendment option to avoid default is looking very good right now. I mean, to me it looks good, however to Republican morons it’s not good at all. Bottom line: House votes to impeach, the Senate does not convict. We’ve been there before.

  13. grumpy realist says:

    @al-Ameda: As said, the level of fizz drops each time you use it…

    And I think that if Obama does push the Fourteenth Amendment argument to totally crush the debt limit ceiling, he will be praised with loud hosannas by the entire business community. We’ll probably even get grudging approval from the WSJ editorial page.

    After that, any impeachment activity will be interpreted as a total snit fit by everybody except the RWNJ.

  14. James Pearce says:

    Imagine Jim Mora going “Impeachment proceedings? Don’t talk about…impeachment proceedings? You kiddin me?”

  15. Just last year, Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst was considered the relative moderate in the race for the GOP nomination to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

    But here’s your mythical GOP “big tent”.

  16. Jim Henley says:

    @al-Ameda:

    Honestly, the 14th Amendment option to avoid default is looking very good right now. I mean, to me it looks good, however to Republican morons it’s not good at all. Bottom line: House votes to impeach, the Senate does not convict. We’ve been there before.

    Oh I completely agree. “Oh we always try to impeach Democratic presidents. No biggie.”

  17. anjin-san says:

    your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now.

    Wow. Obama can take away freedoms given by God, no less. I had no idea he was so… formidable.

  18. Kari Q says:

    @anjin-san:

    After listening to conservatives tell me all the things Obama has accomplished, I think we should be profoundly grateful that he is settling for merely being president of the United States. After all, this is a man who can travel in time to place fake birth announcements in newspapers; can cause a recession that begins more than a year before he is elected much less takes office; commit massive voter fraud to gain office without leaving so much as a hint of a trace of evidence; then commit massive voter fraud again to be reelected using ACORN – an organization that has ceased to exist (no doubt his time travel abilities helped him here); and he can somehow be simultaneously an empty suit Manchurian candidate yet devious and smart enough to establish a totalitarian socialist state with himself as dictator, a socialist and a godless atheist communist, a secret Muslim intent on forcing sharia law yet also forcing us all into gay marriages and mandatory abortions, and he even controlled the weather by creating a hurricane to hit swing states in advance of the 2012 election.

    I say – better give the man what he wants!

  19. gVOR08 says:

    Second, does it really matter what the answer to the first question is?

    No. The Difference between lying and bullshitting. He’s bullshitting. Truth simply doesn’t enter into his thinking.

    Have any of these hillbillies calling for impeachment ever actually nominated a high crime or misdemeanor for grounds?

  20. george says:

    Why am I reminded of “Pinky and the Brain”?

    Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
    Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!

    Except of course, in this case the Brain isn’t particularly intelligent.

  21. Facebones says:

    @Kari Q: Even funnier, contrast that with your average Firebagger’s opinion of Obama: “He’s done NOTHING! He’s WORSE THAN BUSH!”

  22. Tony W says:

    @Kari Q: You win!