Kristol Calls Them ‘Irresponsible’

Neocon guru Bill Kristol said "no responsible elected official" is calling for impeachment of President Barack Obama. It's "a phony issue," he said. So who are the irresponsible officials?

One of the loudest voices comes from one of Kristol's own favorites, Sarah Palin. She hasn't been in office since she quit her job as governor of Alaska in mid-term to cash in on her fame following her failed campaign for vice president in 2008. She's been out drumming up support for impeachment for several years. Palin is saying that Americans "should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment."

Palin may think "It’s time to impeach," but the man who catapulted her to the national stage, former running mate, Sen. John McCain (AZ), needed a couple of days to think about it before deciding it was a bad idea. I guess that puts him on her S-list.

Some of those currently in office who meet Kristol's "irresponsible" test, all Republicans and mostly from the party's lunatic fringe, include: Reps. Michele Bachmann (MN), Louie Gohmert (TX), Jason Chafetz (UT), Steve King (IA), Lou Barletta (PA) Steve Stockman (TX), Michael Burgess (TX), Kerry Bentivolio (MI), Paul Braun (GA), Blake Farenthold (TX), Darrell Issa (CA) and Dana Rohrbacher (CA) plus Senators Tom Coburn (OK) and (then Rep.) Tim Scott (SC)

Add to the list former Reps Tom Tancredo (CO) and Allen West (FL), former Sen. John Kyle (AZ) and the South Dakota Republican Party.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is suing President Obama over interpretation and enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, says he also opposes impeachment, but his lawsuit, whatever its fate, is sure to feed the impeachment talk in his own deeply split caucus.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which would have jurisdiction over any impeachment resolution, said there are no grounds for impeachment.   

But that won't end the impeachment talk.  One reason is it has been a boon for fundraisers on both sides.  The Tea Party and the Democrats have been riding the wave all the way to the bank and show no interest in stopping.  

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.