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Dems Have Talked Of Impeachment 20X More Than GOP

From The Hill:

Dems talk about impeachment 20 times as much as Republicans

By Molly K. Hooper | August 7, 2014

Congressional Democrats have talked about the impeachment of President Obama 20 times more than Republicans have on the House and Senate floors.

Since the start of the 113th Congress last year, Democrats have used the word “impeach” or “impeachment” regarding Obama 86 times, according to a review of the Congressional Record by The Hill.

Utterances on the floor from Republicans about impeaching Obama, in contrast, have been relatively rare. Only three Republicans in this Congress have raised the subject on the House floor, and the words have been used a total of four times by GOP members.

Most of the talk has come from House Democrats, with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) alone using the words 18 times in two separate speeches late last month.

But she probably doesn’t remember a single time.

In the Senate, where the GOP hopes to retake a majority this fall, not a single Republican has mentioned impeachment on the floor over the last couple of years.

The figures highlight how impeachment has been a hot topic for Democrats, and one most Republicans want to avoid…

The hell you say.

Nineteen House Democrats have raised the issue in comments on the House floor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), meanwhile, has mentioned it on the Senate floor.

In his comments last week, Reid sought to tie Republicans to the idea of impeachment, even though GOP leaders have dismissed the idea.

“It is good we are talking about this, rather than an impeachment of the president or suing the president,” Reid said as he opened debate last week on a bipartisan Veterans Affairs measure. “Look in the papers today. The American people are totally opposed. We shouldn’t be off on these tracks of impeachment, suing the president.”

The top three House Democratic leaders — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) also have all broached the topic…

First Nate Silver has notice this. And now The Hill? Could it be that some people in the news media are waking up? (Just kidding. Of course. they aren’t.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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