A CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose impeachment:
[A]ccording to the poll, only 35% want Obama impeached, with nearly two-thirds saying the President should not be removed from office.
There's an obvious partisan divide, with 57% of Republicans but only 35% of independents and 13% of Democrats backing a move to impeach Obama.
The lawsuit is effectively impeachment-lite to appease the GOP base without the political consequences. But a majority opposes that too:
By a 57%-41% margin, Americans say House Republicans shouldn't file the suit. As with the question on impeachment, there's a wide partisan divide over the lawsuit.
How much is Boehner willing to give in to demands of the GOP base that put it at odds with the general public and rally Democrats?
True The Vote, a conservative poll watching group based in Houston, TX, has filed a lawsuit challenging Thad Cochran's primary victory over Chris McDaniel for relying on black voters.
A conservative group filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday challenging the outcome of the bitter Mississippi GOP Senate primary, saying that investigators should take more time to determine whether election laws have been broken and whether illegal ballots were cast.
True The Vote, which bills itself as the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, said that it had no choice but to file a lawsuit after the Mississippi secretary of state and Mississippi GOP refused to respond to requests to review possible “double-voting” in the state’s primary, where Sen. Thad Cochran was declared the winner over tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
In fact, according to True the Vote, black voters are such an irregularity that it's a possible violation of the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. There's even a smoking gun:
In a news release, [FreedomWorks for America] said that an audio interview released by the conservative website RedState “revealed text messages and communications allegedly from the Thad Cochran campaign that, if true, catch the campaign breaking election law and buying votes in the GOP runoff election.”
In an interview with GotNews.com, a black reverend confesses to breaking federal law by giving people $15 to vote for Cochran. It was a paid interview, and Cochran's campaign is denying all of it, but of course it isn't the end. What other crimes will the Tea Party uncover in the case of the voting black people? Stay tuned.
Republican leaders are publicly distancing themselves from tea party anger over Sen. Thad Cochran's primary victory over Chris McDaniel.
National Republican leaders trying to appeal to non-white voters are cringing over Senate candidate Chris McDaniel’s complaints that Democrats — most of whom are black in Mississippi — voted in the state’s GOP Senate runoff and helped six-term incumbent Thad Cochran capture the party nomination.
“The more the tea party complains about how black voters vote for Republicans, I think they look racist and stupid,” said John Feehery, a GOP consultant in Washington. “We’re trying to get black voters. Now that one of our candidates got black voters, we should be happy about it.”
It was an improbable achievement of a key but elusive goal for the GOP: find a way to survive in a nation where growing numbers of African-Americans and other minority voters overwhelmingly cast ballots for Democrats. Birth rates among whites are shrinking in the U.S., while racial and ethnic minorities are expected to make up a majority of Americans within about 30 years.
The GOP faces the daunting task of finding ways to broaden their base without angering a constituency which views any such attempt as treason.