David Limbaugh

My good friend Andy McCarthy has another book out, "Faithless Execution," which couldn't be timelier in view of the deplorable state of current events in America.

Though I have been a consistent critic of President Barack Obama's -- decrying his lawlessness and his disastrous and destructive policies -- I have always replied in the negative when people have asked me whether Republicans should pursue impeachment against him.

My response has never been based on any doubt that Obama has committed impeachable offenses. Rather, it has been my painful awareness that impeachment is more a political matter than it is a legal one, and enormous political obstacles would surely prevent the successful conclusion of such a pursuit.

Sure, there's a chance a sufficient number of Republican representatives would support such an action, and impeachment, after all, is the prerogative of the House and not the Senate. But impeachment is only the formal charge against the president for the alleged offenses. Impeachment is followed by a trial in the Senate, and Democrats control the Senate. Only upon conviction by the Senate would the president be removed.

Other political considerations are relevant, as well. If Republican politicians and conservative commentators are reflexively accused of racism merely for criticizing Obama, can you imagine what kind of race baiting would ensue if Republicans actually proceeded to impeach the man? Even if race weren't an issue, the sad reality is that the modern Democratic Party is nothing if not partisan, and it would never go along with any effort to bring Obama to account for alleged "high Crimes and Misdemeanors." President Bill Clinton committed felony perjury, and Democrats wouldn't consider turning on him.

Not only that but with the collusion of the liberal media, Democrats have successfully revised history to paint Republicans as the wrongdoers for impeaching Clinton. Any misconduct of Clinton's was sanitized as merely about sex and having nothing to do with dishonoring his office and obstructing justice.

If we've learned anything from the Clinton impeachment ordeal, it is that impeachment is primarily a political matter, in the sense that it simply will not be successful unless the public is behind the effort. That is where Andy's book comes in.

The book's subtitle says it all: "Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment." Andy fully recognizes that unless we build the political case, the legal case is pointless, no matter how compelling.


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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