You could see it coming from a mile away.
Last Friday, senior White House aide Dan Pfeiffer spoke to a group of reporters at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor. Among other things he set up this year’s election narrative:
“House Republicans may be more eager to act on the threat of impeachment than people realize. I would not discount that possibility. I think that Speaker Boehner, by going down this path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future."
Hours later, during the White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest repeated the narrative. He questioned Speaker John Boehner’s integrity when Boehner told reporters that he disagreed with those calling for impeachment.
Earnest said, “I do believe that the speaker said on a number of occasions that there would not be steps taken by Republicans to shut down the government over health care. Maybe you need to ask him a little bit more about whether impeachment is on the table or not.”
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
By Friday evening, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee was fundraising on the threat of impeachment.
The media did not disappoint.
On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) was interviewed by Candy Crowley on CNN about the Middle East. At the end of the interview, Pelosi gratuitously added it is “important to note that through all this the Republicans are trying to sue the president – on a path to impeach the president.”
Crowley said she would have her back to talk more about it.
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed newly elected Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and asked him if impeachment was off the table. That gave the White House another opening to comment on it again on Monday.
The White House appears to have concluded that, absent a positive message, their best hope is to convince their base that the “racist” Republicans are planning to impeach the first black president. Hope and change is gone. They return to their standard - FEAR.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
We’ve seen this act before.
On Jan. 7, 2012, ABC News sponsored a debate among the Republican candidates for president at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer led the questioning.
Late in the debate, while questioning former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception?”
Romney, and everyone else in the auditorium, was startled and confused at the question since no candidate had ever suggested it at any time.
Romney said, “George, this is an unusual topic that you’re raising… The idea of you putting forward things that states might do when no state wants to do it is kind of a silly thing… I would totally and completely oppose any effort to ban contraception.”
Stephanopoulos kept digging. Romney was asked whether he thought that an amendment to the Constitution should be passed so that states could ban contraception if they chose. Romney responded forcefully, “No! States don’t want to ban contraception, so why would we try to put it in the Constitution?”
Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, addresses a crowd of supporters while introducing New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at a farm in Stratham, N.H., Wednesday, July 2, 2014. AP Photo/Charles Krupa
The deed was done.
Stephanopoulos, long time Democrat operative and recent ABC “newsman,” carried out his marching orders and planted the narrative of the presidential election. Republicans were talking about outlawing contraception. Only the re-election of President Barack Obama can save it. The coordinated campaign between the media and the Democrat Party went to work.
On Feb. 9, 2012, Georgetown University law student, Sandra Fluke, who had been agitating for the inclusion of contraceptives in the university’s health plan, was invited to address the National Press Club. Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee then invited her to testify at a hearing on contraception and religious freedom scheduled for February 16. When the chairman denied that request because she lacked any expert credentials, the media frenzy ensued.
One week later, Fluke was the sole witness before the House Democratic Steering Committee to argue for free contraceptives in Obamacare. The Steering Committee has no position of authority in the House, but it provided a platform in a House committee room that had all of the trappings of authority. That was all that the media needed. She became a fixture on television interviews to fan the flames.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Sandra Fluke, waves at a campaign in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP)
Her speech to the Democrat National Convention in September, was followed by the president of NARAL Pro Choice America and the president of Planned Parenthood. They covered the political spectrum from A to B. The fall campaign was set. The Republicans were conducting a war against women!
It was, of course, a prefabricated lie, but the media bought in and maintained the narrative throughout the campaign. A couple of stupid comments by Republican candidates only added fuel to the fire.
The media will step right up to the narrative for this fall’s campaign too. If the racist Republicans are allowed to win they will impeach the first black president in history. This will have the same level of integrity as the 2012 campaign, but might be more fun. For some strange reason calling those who disagree with them racists is a sufficient platform for a party that has no other agenda.
John Linder served in Congress for 18 years from Georgia. He and his wife, Lynne, have retired to a farm in Northeast Mississippi. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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