Democrats shouldn’t have dished it out if they couldn’t take it. It is becoming increasingly likely that Republicans will win the House of Representatives, and perhaps the Senate. Right-leaning politicians are now discussing impeaching President Joe Biden. The idea is not popular with everyone.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Minority Leader (R-CA), recently warned against President Biden being impeached if they retake Congress. As calls for Biden’s impeachment are increasing on the right, it appears the lawmaker is signaling that he would not lend his support to such an endeavor.
This one might be worth a rethink.
During a conversation with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, McCarthy declared House Republicans would hold the Biden administration “accountable” and that if the slew of investigations they plan to launch turns up something actionable, they could impeach. But he hesitated to back such an initiative. He said, “One thing we learned that the Democrats did is they – they used impeachment for political reasons.”
“We believe in the rule of law,” McCarthy continued. “We’re not going to pick and choose just because somebody has power. We’re going to uphold the law. If someone violates the law, and it ramifies into impeachment of the government, then we will move to that. But we’re not going to use it for political purposes.”
The lawmaker then promised that House GOP would “take the facts to wherever the facts go, because America’s been through too much with people playing politics with the concept of impeachment.”
McCarthy seems to be on the sidelines in this case. McCarthy isn’t backing impeachment, but he hasn’t closed the door completely on the idea. One would almost think he’s a politician or something.
Many high-profile Republicans have been vocal in their calls for Biden’s impeachment. They became more aggressive as the government botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. This allowed for the Taliban to take control of the country. The Taliban cited 13 US military personnel who died in terrorist attacks outside Kabul’s airport.
McCarthy, for his part, vowed there would be a “day of reckoning” for the president because of the Afghanistan SNAFU.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his podcast speculated that “there’s a chance” Republicans will begin impeachment proceedings when they retake the house in the upcoming congressional elections. “If we take the House, which I said is overwhelmingly likely, then I think we will see serious investigations of the Biden administration,” he said.
The senator, like McCarthy, pointed out that under former President Donald Trump, Democrats “weaponized impeachment.” He added:
“They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him. One of the real disadvantages of doing that is the more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
Cruz also speculated that there could be “multiple grounds to consider for impeachment” and pointed out that the White House’s abysmal handling of the border crisis might be the strongest case Republicans could make. He said:
“Probably the most compelling is the utter lawlessness of President Biden’s refusal to enforce the border. His decision to just defy federal immigration laws and allow 2 million people to come here unimpeded in direct contravention of his obligation under Article Two of the Constitution to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
He continued: “That is probably the strongest grounds right now for impeachment, but there may be others. Because the Democrats decided this is just another tool in the partisan war chest, I think there is a real risk that this turnabout will be fair play.”
I’m going to be blunt: McCarthy is dead wrong.
When Republicans take back the House – and possibly the Senate – they absolutely should impeach President Biden. If the first attempt is unsuccessful, they can try again. Cruz was right. Turnaround is fair play.
It is the same principle behind McCarthy’s earlier vow that House GOP would strip Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) of their committee assignments. Given that they have done and said certain things, there are strong reasons for this kind of move.
But we all know that’s not why Republicans want to punish them. The thinking behind this is that it would show Democrats that if they remove Republican representatives from their assignments for politically-motivated reasons as they did with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), then they would be given the same treatment.
Impeachment should follow the same thinking.
Democrats launched two impeachment attempts against Trump – one of which took place after he was already out of office. Both of them were completely political and absurd. The left had already been discussing the possibility of impeaching the president long before he took office. They knew this was what they wanted from the beginning.
I’m not indicating in this piece whether impeachment is warranted. I’m not even saying I LikeIt is necessary. Unfortunately, that is how the current political environment works. Just like with its lawmakers, Democrats need to know that if they use the impeachment process as a political weapon and not a mechanism by which lawmakers can address actual “high crimes and misdemeanors,” their presidents can be subject to the same treatment whether it is fair or not.
The GOP has the best chance to ensure fair play. This is not a guarantee, however that Democrats will be able to learn from their mistakes. We can still be 100% certain that the Democrats will use these same cynical strategies if they fail to take action.
However, it is possible that Republicans could be hurt by such an action. Perhaps people would be suspicious of yet another impeachment story. This is a valid concern – one that I share. Even if the scenario does materialize it’s unlikely that this would cause any long-term damage to GOP. In fact, President Biden along with the merry band Democrats in Congress have so thoroughly messed up things that it is unlikely that anyone will forget. If voters don’t look favorably upon impeachment, the GOP won’t take enough of a hit to affect its chances of winning the White House in 2024. To put it simply, it’s worth the risk. After all, it’s what the Democrats asked for, isn’t it?