Democrats are beating the impeachment drum in hopes it becomes a GOP liability and a boon for their party at the polls in November.
Republicans took a political pounding last fall when voters largely blamed them for the government shutdown, and Democrats hoped it was their silver bullet in the 2014 midterms.
But nearly a year later, polls still predict low Democratic turnout this fall as they try to hold onto the Senate and cut into Republicans’ House majority. That’s left party leaders searching for a shutdown sequel, and they’re trumpeting scattered GOP calls to impeach President Obama in an effort to energize the Democratic base — while attracting independents — ahead of the elections.
GOP leaders, however, have given no indication they intend to push an impeachment measure, with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) saying flatly this month that he opposes such a move.
But that’s done nothing to discourage Democrats, who are hyping the perceived threat if only for the opportunity to shoot it down. That strategy has only taken off since last Thursday, when House Republicans moved forward legislation to sue Obama for what they consider abuses of executive power.