I keep hearing GOP leaders and strategist announcing that impeachment is not an option. The reasoning goes something like this: "Yes, Obama has certainly committed numerous impeachable offenses, but impeachment is a political maneuver, it never works, and it will certainly backfire on the GOP, especially with this historic president." Fair enough. But what about doing your job? Is it not the job of congress to impeach if warranted? At what point does impeachment become the right thing to do for the future of constitutional governance in the US regardless of the consequences? Is there ever a point where doing the right thing trumps doing the politically expedient thing?
(As far as what the articles of impeachment should be, that is beyond the scope of this post. Suffice it to say there are books on the subject. Two good examples are Aaron Klein's and Andrew McCarthy's.)
A similar refrain repeats itself when talking about defunding. Excuse me if I missed something, but the GOP just won an historical election AFTER the supposed embarrassment of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and a few others doing the right thing on Obamacare in 2013. Where is the evidence that they did anything but long-term good for their party? Who else stood for what was right at the time, and now turns out to be even more right in light of the recently exposed "Grubering" of the American people?
Remember, Bush beat Gore AFTER the Clinton impeachment. Then he won again.