In a bizarre twist of turning the tables, Democrats have intensified the drumbeat on calls for the president’s impeachment as a means to raise more money.
At the end of last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began tweeting “Red Alerts” to its faithful flock, warning of the threat of impeachment and requesting donations to squelch the effort, Fox News reported.
Buttressed by comments from White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, first lady Michelle Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and White House press secretary Josh Earnest, the tactic worked and the DCCC raked in nearly $2.1 million over the weekend, according to the Washington Post.
While no senior Republican leader has called for impeachment, realizing the public has no appetite for it and that it’s a losing bet in the Democratic-controlled Senate anyway, Democratic Party officials regard crying wolf as an effective mechanism for whipping up the base and getting out the vote in November.
Fox News contributor Chris Stirewalt deplored the cynicism of the tactic on “The Kelly File” Monday, which he predicted would dissipate after the primary election cycle ended.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has steadfastly refused to entertain the idea of impeachment, conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has not endorsed it, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told “Fox News Sunday”, after dodging the question of whether the issue might be on the table, “You know, this might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.”
Nonetheless, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement, “Republicans will spend the final week before their summer vacation plotting their lawsuit against the President, and now Scalise just made it clear that impeachment is absolutely on the table for House Republicans.”
Obama handmaiden CNN ran a headline Friday reading, “GOP Wants to Impeach Obama,” which radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted. “They’re going to report this as something the Republicans want to happen so that they get creamed by it even if they do nothing. It’s a strategy. There is no journalism anymore, don’t forget. There’s only advocacy and support for the Democrat agenda, disguised as news.”
Similarly, New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown told Fox News on Monday, “There is no appetite for impeachment for the president.”
The Twittersphere also responded to this phony distress campaign with derision.
It’s been hours since the DCCC has sent an Obama impeachment fundraising email. Everything OK?
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 27, 2014
— Eric Hines (@erichines) July 27, 2014
Click here to view Stirewalt’s interview on Fox.
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