Inevitable Republican Overreach

Picard and Riker Facepalm

Remember what I said earlier today about the inevitable Republican overreach?

A group of House Republicans have introduced articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder for a comedic laundry list of reasons.

Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) and 10 other House Republicans — including Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Florida Rep. Ted Yoho — have drafted four articles of impeachment against Holder. These include allegations that Holder violated federal law by refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena over the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking program; “failed to enforce multiple laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986,”; did not prosecute IRS employees over allegations the agency improperly handled the applications for nonprofit status by conservative political groups; and misled Congress over whether he was aware of a search warrant issued for the emails of FOX News reporter James Rosen.

Read another way, House Republican want to impeach Eric Holder for the events of the last five years in one fell swoop. They want to impeach him for every single supposed grievance they have suffered since he began his tenure. A collection of loosely strung together conspiracy theories and kneejerk, reactionary blather.

They want to impeach him over something Darrel Issa spent two years investigating (Fast and Furious) only to come up empty.

They even want to impeach him for a law (DOMA) that was struck down by the Supreme Court.

It’s too bad they can’t find the time to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act, raise the minimum wage, or pass immigration reform.

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  • muselet

    Morons. (Am I referring to the members of the House Hatstand Caucus or the air stealers at Politico, do you suppose?)

    –alopecia

    • Churchlady320

      Clearly that’s “Morans”.

  • Christopher Foxx

    did not prosecute IRS employees over allegations the agency improperly handled the applications for nonprofit status by conservative political groups

    Because when a conservative merely alleges something, then a prosecution should automatically follow. Hell, let’s just skip straight to sentencing.

  • Christopher Foxx

    I wouldn’t use the word “overreach”. It means going a bit further than one should, suggesting that the general direction is OK but they just went a bit too far.

    Abuse, obsession, incompetence, sociopathy or treason would more accurately capture what it is that Republicans do.

  • Lady Willpower

    Oh, they’d love to pass immigration reform. The only problem is, their idea of immigration reform is “finish the dang fence” and then shoot on sight.

    • trgahan

      Well…not everyone would be shot on sight.

      The national home builders association needs non-union labor and those hotel rooms and vegetables won’t clean/pick themselves for 50 cents an hour. They just can’t allow any reform that would protect any of those people when they get ideas about “rights,” “fair wages” or “humanity.”

  • mrbrink

    Opporterrortunity’s always knocking!

    Wealthy white men in suits are permitted, by law, to burn crosses on any lawn of their choosing. Look it up.

  • D_C_Wilson

    Hey, it beats actually trying to govern.

  • Badgerite

    Here’s the thing. In the Windsor case ( where the Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstittutional) the plaintiff sued precisely because the federal government had, indeed, enforced DOMA with respect to taxes due on the estate ( which she inherited) of her long time partner. That was what the case was all about. The unequal and unjustified treatment she received in terms of estate taxes, due to DOMA BEING ENFORCED. That was the ‘case and controversy’ before the Court. If DOMA weren’t being enforced, there would have been no case to sue on.
    Jesus, can these people even read.
    The administration did not file a brief in defense of DOMA because they had come to the conclusion that the law was indeed, unconstitutional. And the Court agreed, even though Boehner hired a solicitor to defend the constitutionality of the law to the Court.
    This is not a ‘high crime or misdemeanor’.
    But, of course, in their universe, BEING BLACK WHILE PRESIDENT, is a high crime and misdemeanor. These must be the “conventional” people whose feelings and gag reflexes Cohen seems to worry so much about.

  • Zen Diesel

    I swear these assclowns need to get laid more often or get better mistresses or something. It would take a spin job of epic proportions for these fools to get the public behind them if they decide to go forward with impeaching Eric Holder. They are either too stupid or really don’t care about the potential blowback coming their way for such foolishness.