Despite his decision to finally go full throttle on the concept of a Clinton's impeachment, Gingrich's effort did not cost Republicans control of the U.S. House in 1998. Still, Newt Gingrich was made to walk a political plank he should have never been forced to take. He resigned as the result of carping from an ungrateful group of GOP dissidents.
One can only guess how much Clinton himself quietly resents today his impeachment in light of the antics of the Obama administration.
But, for Republicans to do anything other than to wait out two more years of Obama would be a serious mistake that would rapidly move public opinion, that currently is slipping away from him on issue after issue, right back into his corner. And what those who would push for an impeachment forget is that, like Clinton, Obama has a personality that has proved to be appealing to voters. The idea of stone-faced or ranting and raving Republicans prosecuting the glib and nimble Obama is one that evokes that same sick feeling that Republicans felt when they reached too far -- and by attempting to punish a president who was drowning in bad news, by throwing him a political life raft.
Speaker Boehner appears to have the same instincts as Gingrich had early into the move to impeach Clinton. He can pursue lawsuits against Obama all he wants and likely do no damage to the GOP's brand. But if he starts hearing his troops call for an impeachment redo, he should give his old friend Newt a call. Last I heard Gingrich's brilliance now comes with a strong dose of wisdom, from having been there and done that.
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