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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to Austin, Texas July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

When prominent conservatives talk publicly about impeaching Barack Obama they discredit themselves and strengthen the president. Everyone knows that he will never be removed from office: that would take 67 Senate votes. Even if Republicans took Senate control in November, and even if every one of them voted for impeachment, it would still take more than a dozen Democrats to vote against their own president—an impossibility.

An impeachment drive must bring one of two outcomes: failure or success. If it failed, it hurts Republicans by making them look like fanatical, time-wasting losers, while handing Obama an undeserved victory. And in the inconceivable event it succeeded, Joe Biden would become president—and be able to run in 2016 and even 2020 with a powerful built-in advantage.

Any politico who ignores this logic is a demented demagogue—putting a drive for personal attention above the party and the country.

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  1. Robert Nini  •  Jul 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Mr. Medved, you might better have drawn a distinction between impeachment and removal from office which are two different things. You seem to have suggested they are mutual rather than being mutually exclusive. Take care, lest you teach our “indoctrinated” current and recent college students inaccurately. They’re uneducated enough as it is.

    Robert Nini

    • Sheldon Dan  •  Jul 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      The only time impeachment should be considered is if there is a possibility of conviction. The two-thirds requirement is a high bar to conviction for the president, so it should rarely be used.

  2. Chris Hale  •  Jul 16, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I agree that the Democrats won’t vote to impeach President Obama, just like 99% of them refused to impeach President Clinton. I completely disagree that those calling for Obama’s impeachment are demented demagogues. Obama refuses to explain what happened at Benghazi. In the second presidential debate in 2012, Obama was asked who refused Ambassador Steven’s request for extra security and why. Obama didn’t answer this question and no one has answered it to this day. Obama says there isn’t a smidgeon of corruption in the IRS. Yet Lois Lerner has taken the fifth amendment twice, the acting IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman, visited the White House 150 times, e mails have gone missing for Lerner and six others, and democrats on the congressional commitee investigating, apologize to the new IRS commissioner, even though he didn’t tell Congress the e mails were missing when first asked for them. Obama doesn’t seem to care. In the fast and furious scandal, Obama placed documents under subpeona under executive privilege, saving Attorney General Holder from compling with the subpeona. Obamacare was passed based on lies, and Obama went along with those lies and tricked the American public. People can’t keep their health plans, doctors, and many are not saving money but are spending more. Five Taliban terrorists were freed and America got back a deserter and possible traitor in Bowe Bergdahl. And of course, there are the series of executive orders that overstep the Presidents bounds, and other things. It is hard to keep up with them. What else will happen?

    George W. Bush would never have gotten away with any of these things. The Left and the mainstream media would have seen to it that Bush was run out of town on a rail. Yet, a president that they adore is given a total pass. It is wrong for Obama to get away with what he is doing and it is getting rather tiring. That is why I believe impeachment is being considered. Many people are getting fed up.

    • JGUY  •  Jul 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      As I recall President Bush was continually lampooned when he was in office and
      there was talk of impeachment. He was often ridiculed for a perceived lack of
      intellect….which I believe is totally untrue. It seems to me that modern presidents
      will have Sarah Palin clones talking impeachment whatever they do or don’t
      attempt or accomplish: at this point it seems to go with the job.

  3. Ivan  •  Jul 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    How do we stop an imperial president when congress refuses to use the power of the purse?

    Establishment, Big-government- Republicans have ZERO ideas on how to stop this imperial president and how to stem the tide of big government. The likes of Medved think its enough to elect the guy who has an “R” in front of his name. Not enough my friend…

  4. JD  •  Jul 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Bravo, Medved! If Republicans can only be kinder and gentler and more moderate (more like democrats) then maybe they’ll get elected…and give us more deficits, amnesty, and open borders! Then there’s the brilliant Bush foreign policy of staring into the “trustworthy” eyes of Putin and giving him Georgia. Meanwhile, democrats accuse republicans of throwing grandma off the cliff and they get re-elected. Long live the oligarchy, eh Medved? What would it take to push you over the edge to support Impeachment/Removal from Office of our dear leader??? Using the executive branch to punish/bully his political enemies? Check. Lying to the nation weeks before his re-election in order to influence public opinion? Check. Covering up a weapons gathering/smuggling operation between Libya and Syria? Check. Lying to the nation about what personal healthcare options they would have after an epic takeover of the healthcare system? Check. Negotiating a hostage swap of a questionable deserting solider for commanders of the enemy (while still at war with that enemy)?

    If only he had hired some men to break into GOP offices to get political secrets and lie about it!

    • JGUY  •  Jul 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      JD – So when your idealized chief executive utters forth his/her utterance will
      remain true even though time moves on and all of the elements surrounding
      the commented upon situation are constantly changing and being effected
      by countless people and institutions? Good luck with that. The only way
      Presidents or anyone else can tell absolute truth is if everything they comment
      on becomes frozen into time and experience or if they only comment on
      absolute psychobabble like some kind of circle talking guru.

  5. mark mitchell  •  Jul 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Sorry, Michael, I think you’re sounding scared, panicked even, maybe due to the ghosts of 1998, when Slick Willie was impeached by the House, but the Senate let him off, Well, Michael, this isn’t 1998 anymore, and Obama is 100 times more dangerous than Willie ever was, especially @ lying and obfuscation and dissembling. But you should know that. I’ve listened to your show for years now, and you’re one of the smartest Conservative talkers around. And have you read Andrew Mc Carthy’s new book yet? It’s stunning in its breadth of knowledge and Mc Carthy doesn’t agree with you. He’s the former federal prosecutor of the “Blind Sheikh,” and he’s VERY concerned about the directions Obama has taken. Wake up, Michael,and smell the coffee. Obama’s got to go.

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