Guest editorial… Sen. Coburn’s outrageous ­impeachment ­remarks

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Since his election in 2008, conservatives have made some outlandish comments about President Barack Obama.

They have questioned his eligibility to be president and have accused him of covering up several scandals in his administration.

For the most part those comments have come from conservative talk show hosts and other fringe elements of the Republican Party.

But now a respected mainstream Republican lawmaker has gone off the deep end.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Obama is “getting perilously close” to deserving impeachment.

“Those are serious things, but we’re in serious times,” Coburn said last week in Muskogee, Okla. “And I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ but I think you’re getting perilously close.”

Coburn didn’t specify why be believes Obama is close to deserving impeachment, but he criticized what he called a “lawless” administration. Coburn and Obama have been supposedly friends going back to 2005, when the Democratic president first arrived in Congress as an Illinois senator.

There has been talk from Republicans during Congress’ summer recess about defunding the health care law known as “Obamacare,” among the reasons why impeachment comes up. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law last year.

Unfortunately Coburn isn’t the only Republican talking of impeachment with constituents.

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., said, “it would be a dream come true” to draft and submit articles of impeachment against Obama, but conceded that he’s got no evidence to do so.

So here we have members of Congress making the most serious charges against a president without evidence. These accusations are way out of the bounds of political discourse. Conservatives need to stop accusing the Obama administration without facts and evidence of wrongdoing.

(Reprinted from the Philadelphia Tribune)

 

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