Blame It On Texas

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It’s become close to a truism that if political events conspire to give Republicans any kind of unanticipated boon, they will immediately find a way to fk it up, usually to disastrously hilarious effect.

And, so it is that Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), who assures us he does not take his new project lightly, has rounded up eight other steely-eyed Texan reps, plus a handful of House conspiracy experts, to draw up Articles of Impeachment charging Attorney General Eric Holder with high crimes and other stuff that really ticks Republicans off.

Meet the team . . .

The Loon Star Contingent:

Blake Farenthold (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Roger Williams (R-TX) 
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Sam Johnson (R-TX)
Steve Stockman (R-TX)
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Pete Olson (R-TX)

et al:

Reps. Larry Buschon (R-IN)
David Roe (R-TN)
Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)
Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Duncan Hunter (R-CA),
Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Concurrent with filing the A of I, Rep. Olson launched a totally awesome “Impeach Holder” petition and donation page on his Olson for Congress site, because . . . it takes money to impeach someone, y’all!  Also, too, we wouldn’t want Rep. Olson to lose an election when he’s in the middle of an impeachment, would we?

Among numerous other complaints, Olson charged that Holder has been “uncooperative and deceptive.”

Now, maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t you think that if being “uncooperative and deceptive” is grounds for impeachment that these particular yutzes would be looking for hiding places instead of attracting attention?

To synopsize, the articles consist of a laundry list of DoJ failures to aggressively prosecute Republican fever dreams.  There’s Fast and Furious, there’s sticking the GOP with DOMA defense, and there’s not enough IRS blood in the streets for their alleged TEA Party persecution.  One notable absence is any mention of BenGHAZI!  But maybe they’re saving that to fry bigger fish?

Still, there are so many questions . . . like seriously?? why now? why so much Texas?

Seriously?? not really, but it’s getting harder and harder for conservatives to slide to the Right without falling off.  And, if you’re from Texas? times ten.  Most of the base probably doesn’t know enough about the actual impeachment process to appreciate what a pointless piece of fundraising political theater this is [maybe Rep. Olson doesn’t, either?].

John Boehner, who seems to be adrift in a TEA Party fog, lately, is probably still canny enough to keep this travesty from ever getting to the floor for a vote, let alone sending it to the Senate to be tried.

The articles, themselves, are laughably weak, and contain several “factually incorrect” allegations, according to Holder himself. 

Asked for his response, Holder said:

To the extent that there are concerns about policy differences that I might have with certain members of Congress, I’m not certain that rises to the level of impeachment.

This is yet another showcase of Republican ignorance of their environment and job description or, worse, a clear-eyed cynicism that leads them to exploit the worst in their electorate.

Why now?  Why not?  At a moment when the administration’s Obamacare troubles have coughed up a virtual “Get Out of Jail Free” card, Republicans are perversely inclined, as usual, to make idiots of themselves as a distraction. 

The inevitable blowback, as Republicans should well know by now is that, if there were any real problematic elements of how DoJ conducts its business they will be lost in the laughing gas surrounding a melodramatic partisan stunt like this.

And, finally, why is Texas leading this charge?  Because Eric Holder is their state’s rights nemesis, diligently thwarting their attempts to go around federal law related to most of their top issues: immigration, voting rights and guns.  They would love nothing more than Eric Holder’s head on a pike at the Alamo.  Plus, Pete Olson is currently warming Tom DeLay’s old seat and Vindicated Tom is making noises about a Comeback Tour so Olson has to show a little “value add” right quick.

As a Democrat, I hope that this silly rump of Texans and wing-nuts milks this impeachment thing for all it’s worth, giving the public yet another reason to roll their eyes over GOP antics and determine to rid themselves of them at their earliest convenience.  On the other hand, it’s way past time for these buffoons to give something worthwhile back to the people who voted for them and trusted them to make the government work for them.

Here’s Juanita Jean of the World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon, Inc. who just happens to be one of Pete Olson’s lucky constituents:

Now we have 99 problems in my congressional district, and maybe Eric Holder is one of them, I dunno, but even if he is, he’s gotta be like 96 or 97 on the list.

Posted by Bette Noir on 11/15/13 at 10:57 AM • Permalink

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Concurrent with filing the A of I, Rep. Olson launched a totally awesome “Impeach Holder” petition and donation page on his Olson for Congress site, because

Grifters gotta grift!

Excuse me, B4, are you suggesting that this is not a serious effort, but rather a manipulative and dishonest attempt to raise money and harvest contact information by playing to the paranoia and hatred of a certain subgroup? Because I will not stand for such an unfounded attack on a honest and highly respected…

...Wow, couldn’t even type that with a straight face. I am a bit disappointed that they left out the ol’ “Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers for intimidation just because they didn’t actually intimidate anyone” bit, but I guess he’s trying to downplay the race baiting. Shame, he could’ve turned over a lot of donations.

Proof once again, that there is never an actual eleven to turn the dial to, just a virtual one that keeps increasing in relative value.

I am a bit disappointed that they left out the ol’ “Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers for intimidation . . .

@D Johnston racism is so 20th century, dontchaknow? there’s nothing out here but bogus political correctness.

To the extent that there are concerns about policy differences that I might have with certain members of Congress, I’m not certain that rises to the level of impeachment.

Interesting how similar Holder’s language there is to his claims that he has no designs on Greenwald.

“I certainly don’t agree with what Greenwald has done,” Holder said. “In some ways, he blurs the line between advocate and journalist. But on the basis of what I know now, I’m not sure there is a basis for prosecution of Greenwald.”

Those of us who really understand this administration’s wicked plans confidently expect Holder to render himself to a black site and torture himself into confessing to—well, something.

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