Speaking at a town hall in Coppell, Texas, last week Rep. Kenny Marchant said despite the “very slim chance” the House would vote to impeach Obama, “that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.”Ah, but Marchant mostly wants to talk about impeachment so that he can explain why he doesn't want to talk about impeachment—just yet.
The congressman added “the will of the American people is not there” and said if Republicans went against that and attempted to impeach Obama there would be “a violent reaction” that would keep Republicans from winning the Senate. He said Republicans should wait until after the November elections to “proceed on that question.”So impeachment is such a terrible idea that Republicans need to shut up about it until after election season, but such a good idea that it should still maybe be done after the elections even though the American people will still not want it and the whole enterprise is doomed to failure anyway. He's blunt, I'll give him that. "Let's wait on doing the terrible thing until we're less accountable to the voters" won't get printed up on many bumper stickers, but it's among the more honest things a Texas Republican has said of late.
Marchant also cited Democrats raising money off impeachment talk as a reason to leave any consideration of impeachment until after the November elections.
House leadership is trying very, very hard to get through election season by saying impeachment just isn't in the cards, but does that still work when you've got members assuring constituents that after the elections they'll be getting right on that again? Hmm.