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Republicans Won't Impeach Obama -- and Democrats Will Not Abandon Him

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RUSH: Andy McCarthy, a good friend of mine, has a book out called Faithless Execution. It's about the impeachment of Obama. In fact, wasn't it said by some Democrat -- I forget who -- "If Obama does this again --" after the Bergdahl thing -- or maybe it was some Republican who said it, was it Lindsey Graham? "If he does this again, we're gonna impeach him." Drawing our own red lines. And Andy, in his book, makes the point that we have long ago crossed the legal threshold for impeachment.

It's clear that the legal threshold has been met, but there is no political will to do it. And without that, it is a waste of time, if you don't have the political will. Meaning, if the Republican Party doesn't have the gonads, and if the American people are not desirous of it, then it's just whistling into the wind. It's something irrelevant.

Now, Paul Bedard, writing here at the Washington Examiner: "Despite anger in many quarters of the nation over the president's prisoner swap, Republicans are backing off impeachment threats because they fear it would rally President Obama's Democratic base and kill the GOP's chances to win the Senate. ... A top Republican aide added, 'that is an accurate assessment. The Democrats are divided on so many issues right now there's no reason to give them a reason to rally.'"

So it isn't gonna happen

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RUSH: To Salem, Oregon. Jerry, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Oh, good morning, Mr. Limbaugh. Or is it good afternoon in your neck of the woods?

RUSH: That's exactly right, sir. Thank you for the calling.

CALLER: You know, this prisoner exchange thing? The saddest thing about war is that men die for their country. And when you accede to ransom demands, you're just making a super slap in the face of every person who's died for this country, and to me it's intolerable. I don't understand why people aren't discussing giving aid and comfort to the enemy. That is treason, and George Washington literally hung people for such a thing. I don't get it.

RUSH: Well, people are discussing it, but what do you want whom to do?

CALLER: What do I want who to do?

RUSH: Yeah, or whom do you want to do what?

CALLER: I would like to see the people of this country and the Republican leadership show a backbone. Impeachment would be letting Obama off easy, and even if there's no political will, the right thing to do is the right thing to do -- not because you win or lose, but because it is the right thing to do -- and impeaching him is the right thing to do.

RUSH: Well, I can tell you right now that the Republicans are not gonna do it.

CALLER: (unintelligible)

RUSH: The Republicans have got themselves convinced that they're gonna win the Senate right now. They're gonna hold the House. They've convinced themselves. Hell, even Nate Silver says they're gonna win the Senate. It's tight, but they think they're gonna win the Senate. They are literally paranoid of doing anything that they think might reassemble and reinvigorate the Obama base.

To them it's about winning, and it's about themselves getting control of the purse strings and reinserting themselves in power. Now, there's a story by Ron Fournier who has really, in recent weeks... I don't know what the term is. I was gonna say dumping on Obama, and I guess that's as close as anything to what it is. But his piece today is: "'I've Had Enough.' When Democrats Quit on Obama," and it's not about Fournier.

It's another Democrat talking to him, who said that he's just had it. This Bergdahl swap, that's just the last straw, but not because of the swap itself. "The tipping point for this person was the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case [and] how the White House mishandled its obligation to communicate effectively and honestly to Congress and the public. More than that, Obama's team had failed once again to acknowledge its mistakes, preferring to cast blame and seek cover behind talking points," and the parents.

So even though there is a credible bit of evidence that more and more Democrats... Oh, about the Fournier piece. One thing needs to be pointed out. Even the Democrats in this piece who say that they have had it, that this is a tipping point and they are finally they're moving away from Obama, still go to great pains to say they like and respect him. So you have to temper all this.

See, I think you have to be careful. It's very seductive to see a story that says Democrats are abandoning Obama. They're not. They're not gonna abandon Obama especially if it means Republicans winning anything. There's about as fat a chance of that happening as the media converting and becoming supporters of conservatives and Republicans. That isn't going to happen, either.

The Democrats are not going to abandon Obama. Why are they upset that he lied to them? He lies to all of them. Well, it's because in this case the press didn't provide any cover. So the lie is exposed. They have to react to it. Nobody's out there saying, "Obama didn't lie. Obama didn't do anything wrong." So they have to go on record as disapproving of this. If anything, it is indicative of where the Democrats still think the country's bread and butter is.

It's not extreme liberalism. I mean, if you've got a Democrat who... Even with an election coming, if you've got an elected Democrat who thinks there are points to be gained or ground to be gained by distancing himself from Obama, what are you saying? You're saying this country's not gone yet. I still maintain that we're being governed (or ruled, if you will) by a really small minority. There are just little bits of evidence here and there that prove it.

Here's Mike in Colorado Springs. You're next. Glad you waited, sir. Welcome to the program. Hi.

CALLER: Yes. Thank you, Rush. It's an honor and a privilege to talk with you.

RUSH: I appreciate that. Thank you.

CALLER: I would like to point out one more of about a billion examples of hypocrisy coming out of the administration. If they're encouraging these people to come across the border illegally or undocumentedly, there's a couple points about this. Number one, the amount of risk that people are taking to do so. I mean, they're dealing with coyotes and human traffickers.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: They're probably dealing with drug cartels. These are not bright, upstanding people that work in the embassy. Second of all, in these countries like Mexico or others with a dismal record on human rights, it's really more or less encouraging them to continue their policies instead of having people point out to them that they're doing something wrong.

RUSH: Who's doing something wrong?

CALLER: Well, if you have an administration that says, "Hey, you're violating human rights in your country," you know, there's a force behind that. The United States can take action against that, whether it's sanctions or just using the bully pulpit to work with them and try to make a difference, encouraging people within their own country to say, "Hey, you should be living at a better standard."

RUSH: You think...? Wait a minute. I don't want to sound critical, but you think the Obama administration gonna do that?

CALLER: Oh, no. They wouldn't. But I'm saying they can't do it now. That's total, total hypocrisy, them being unable to bring any points up.

RUSH: Well, hypocrisy never stopped them from doing anything, but they're not gonna do it because they don't think we've got the moral authority to tell anybody else about human rights because we violate them so much.

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