Texas Congressman Steve Stockman got quite a bit of press recently for vowing to seek impeachment if President Obama tried to use executive orders to enact gun control. But when Greta Van Susteren pressed him about it on Tuesday night, he hedged and evaded. No, he wouldn’t rush to impeachment, he’d try all available tools. And the issue isn’t gun control, not really, it’s the President bypassing Congress. And he wouldn't say who his allies in Congress were.
Why do you want to seek impeachment of this president? Van Susteren asked. Oh, it's not just impeachment, he replied. “We want all tools available to use, including that impeachment, but I think the limelight focused on that, but also we talked about lawsuits, stopping the funding (funding of what?)… A lot of people are frustrated with Republicans not fighting back, and I … said, Enough is enough, and we need to stand up and fight."
And he denied it was a gun control issue, but an issue of Obama stepping over the line.
VAN SUSTEREN: The line, as I understand, for you is executive orders on gun control. Is that the line?
STOCKMAN: No, the line is when you cross from administrating executive orders, which deal with his office... and pass legislation through executive order.
If Obama said he was going to ban assault weapons with executive order, Van Susteren pressed, (which he didn't, by the way), what would Stockman’s first step be? “Like I said, I think we outlined multiple avenues. It's -- it's defending the Constitution in any ways we can legally."
And who, exactly, is “we?” "I think the American people in particular are frustrated watching this president step over the line again and again!. And I think there's a lot of "we's" out there.” What about the we’s in Congress? Van Susteren asked. We’ll see, Stockman replied. Then, (perhaps fearing he'd damaged his hard-right credentials by all that inconclusiveness) he fell back on parroting Fox’s latest anti-Obama blustering points. “If he thinks his bills are good, his law is good, then he should go through Congress... He's not a king!... And he's even using children! It reminds me of Saddam Hussein would use kids to...” At which point Van Susteren, saying that was a bit of a stretch, ended the interview.
By the way: Stockman is reportedly backing off his impeachment threat. Too loony even for the Republican party?
TOTAL SIGNATURES THIS PETITION: 59
Why do you want to seek impeachment of this president? Van Susteren asked. Oh, it’s not just impeachment, he replied. “We want all tools available to use, including that impeachment, but I think the limelight focused on that, but also we talked about lawsuits, stopping the funding (funding of what?)…
I saw something similar to this over at PoliticusUSA.com; for a moment I thought it was the same person:
Republican Gov Calls for Unconstitutional Remedy to Obama’s Executive Orders
Republican Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi is calling for an unconstitutional remedy for what he sees as Obama’s “unconstitutional” use of executive orders regarding gun safety. In a letter dated Jan 16 to his Lt. Governor and State Speaker, the Republican governor requests that they “immediately pass legislation that would make any “unconstitutional” order “infringing on our rights to keep and bear arms” by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement.” He seems to skate over the fact that “introducing” is not the same as implementing, though wasting taxpayer money on legislation they know won’t pass/fly seems to be the New Republican Way.
More proof that, when it comes to pushing a meme, the rightwingnuts are all reading from the same script . . .