Impeachment? What utter foolishness

Special to The Washington PostJuly 15, 2014 

What could the GOP do to help Democrats get off the mat just in time to salvage something from the 2014 midterm elections? Well, Republicans could overreach by promoting the futile idea that President Obama could be impeached.

Trying to initiate impeachment proceedings would distract voters from the issues that matter and also remind them of what they don't like about Republicans.

And the fact that Sarah Palin brought up this issue should make it more radioactive to Republicans everywhere, rather than more appealing. Not to mention, the timing is almost perfect for the Democrats: We are about two months out from the time when voters really start thinking about the election. The midterm elections need to be about jobs, the economy and Obamacare. They should not be about Obama.

Pursuing impeachment or even talking too much about it just reinforces the notion of Republicans as hyper-partisans who are obsessed with the president and who don't want to do anything but hound him. We could face a backlash -- or worse, generate sympathy for Democrats.

We shouldn't pretend that we see "high crimes and misdemeanors" in just about everything Obama does. The GOP should follow House Speaker John Boehner's lead and stay away from any talk of impeachment.

Ed Rogers, is a co-host of The Insiders blog, offering commentary from a Republican perspective.

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