Andrew C. McCarthy. (Image Source: andrewcmccarthy.com)
Last week we profiled former federal prosecutor and prominent conservative columnist Andrew McCarthy's soon-to-be-released book, "Faithless Execution," in which McCarthy will make the "first serious effort to build a principled political indictment of the nation’s 45th president…the mainstream case for the "I-word"— Impeachment."
Already however, weeks before the book's release, the left has sprung into action in opposition to McCarthy's new work, seeking to use the threat of impeachment to mobilize Democratic voters and raise funds.
As reported in the Washington Times, on Sunday the Democratic National Committee (DNC) began a voter outreach effort around the book. The DNC stated:
"Conservatives are getting excited about a brand new book...It comes out next month. The bogus impeachment talk will never stop unless we put an end to it. Help Democrats fight back. Add your name to speak out against impeachment."
In a separate fundraising email earlier last week, the DNC disparaged McCarthy's book, and argued that the threat of impeachment and the blocking of the Democrats' agenda more broadly was real, requiring Democrats to "fight back." DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee wrote:
"There’s a book coming out soon, and Republicans are really excited about it. Here’s a hint about why: It’s about impeaching the President. The thesis is — well, let me quote it for you:
"Impeachment is not about what the law allows. Impeachment is a matter of political will."
...Republicans have nothing but the political will to block our President’s agenda. In fact they have no real will to do anything else (like their jobs as elected representatives of the American people), and it appears that they’ll stop at nothing.
It’s up to Democrats to prevent this — pitch in $3 or more right now to stand with President Obama and help elect Democrats who will fight for him, too.
This isn’t about just one loony book. They’re talking about impeachment on Fox News and other conservative outlets, and Republicans in Congress have been using the "I-word" for years. (If you can't beat 'em, impeach 'em, I guess?)
If we’re fighting against the focused, collective power of the entire Republican Party, let me tell you, we’ve got to be a lot more worried than we are now. They’re going to block President Obama’s agenda, they’re going to try to repeal laws like Obamacare that have helped so many of us, and once again they’re talking about impeachment. If you thought that Democrats could win elections without fighting back against this kind of thing, I have some bad news for you.
So please, pitch in $3 or more to help President Obama and Democrats fight back:
In McCarthy's book, an advanced copy of which Blaze Books has been reviewing, McCarthy explicitly makes the case that the GOP would be unwise to impeach President Obama at this time.
While McCarthy, an expert jurist, argues that the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of impeachment from a legal perspective, he makes clear that impeachment is an inherently political remedy, requiring a major groundswell of public support for such a proceeding to have any chance of success.
Without building a convincing public case for the president's impeachment, McCarthy argues that any such efforts would be in vain and to the great detriment of the Republican Party and the country more broadly, given the current political atmosphere.