by House Watch
The presidential primaries are not the only contests that divide conservatives from their country club counterparts. Impeachment is another.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, seriously raised the possibility of impeaching Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday during Congressional hearings on the Fast and Furious debacle. What infuriated Democrats was the way he did it. As Frank Minister at Forbes reported:
Sensenbrenner wouldn’t name the officials he thinks might face impeachment proceedings, but he did say he was being driven to this as a last resort…Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who is the committee’s ranking Democrat, interrupted Sensenbrenner by demanding to know whom he wanted to impeach. Sensenbrenner decided not to spell out the threat, but said, he has “done more impeachments than anyone else in the country, and it is an expensive and messy affair, and I don’t want to go this far.
In stark contrast to moderate “Republicans” like David Frum, Minister wrote that “mentioning impeachment as a tactical move makes sense. Some Republicans have been struggling to find out who authorized Operation Fast and Furious and thereby sent more than 2,000 firearms from U.S. gun stores into the hands of criminal gangs.”
Minister concluded, “perhaps a little impeachment talk right now is a good thing.”
Ken Klukowski at The Washington Examiner agreed that someone needed to be held accountable. He wrote it was clear that Justice Department official Lanny: Breuer “lied to Congress. He should be fired immediately.”
“But,” Klukowski added, “Congress must not let Breuer be the fall guy.”
“Holder either knew of Fast and Furious or he’s asleep at the switch,” he continued. “He’s either disingenuous or incompetent. Either way, Holder must go. If he does not, then Congress should consider its ultimate option.”
Meanwhile, some RINOs are attempting to make sure no one pays for these misdeeds. Michael Chertoff, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, said Lanny Breuer, who heads the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, should not be fired. “He’s a very able, dedicated prosecutor,” Chertoff vouched. “He acknowledged he was mistaken in not bringing this issue up to the attorney general at an earlier point in time and that’s an admirable thing to do. I understand Sen. Grassley’s feelings in this and I respect his feelings, but it would be a loss if Lanny were to leave.”
There’s the difference. RINOs are part of the permanent revolving class of political operatives who play musical chairs with the Democrats after election time. No one wants to see a member of their own team taken down by the little people in flyover country. You cover my back, I’ll cover yours.
The grassroots Republicans believe in heartland values. When someone’s negligence or radicalism arms Mexican drug cartels who kill American citizens, they want answers.
When someone misleads Congress, they want accountability.
When someone has gone too far too many times, they want impeachment.
It’s time to let the people have their way. Impeach Holder — first.