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Will the Tea Party try to impeach president Obama?
By: Ali Younes — It is now an accepted wisdom that the Republican Party and its offshoot the Tea Party groups will topple the democrats who control 255 seats in the US House of Representatives in the Midterm elections scheduled to take place next Tuesday November 2nd. As for the Republicans who now control 178 members, a November 2nd win will enable them to set the agenda in Congress and tie up the administration for the next two years in order to set the stage for the 2012 presidential elections which is the real prize.
Historically, the president’s party has averaged loses of 32 House seats and 2 Senate seats since 1862 as noted by Michael Tomasky in a recent article in the NY Review of Books. The only two exceptions were in 1934 and in 2002. In 1934 Americans reelected Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate, under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, FDR, despite steep economic downturn that was inherited from the great depression which occurred under the previous Republican president Herbert Hoover.
In 2002, Republicans retained the majorities in both the House and the Senate under President George W. Bush which came on the heel of September 11 attacks on the US.
Christian Extremists agendas
The upcoming elections will feature the incoming of ultra conservative Tea Party candidates who are a mixed group of conservatives, Christian extremists, libertarians and anti-Obama hate groups, who will have a major impact on the legislative agenda in the House.
The Republican Party leaders are setting the stage for the next legislative agenda in January barring a democratic repeat of 1934. In eyeing key committees, the Republicans will initiate investigations against some of the administrations officials and will try to undo much of Obama’s key health care and economic stimulus policies.
Even if the Democrats managed somehow to eke out a thin majority, president Obama will find it very difficult to continue with his agendas on the economy.
There are about seven Tea Party candidates who won Senate primary elections on the Republican side and are strongly contesting Democratic Senators in Delaware, Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Kentucky. Though, the Tea Party candidates are making the GOP establishment very nervous for fear of splitting the Republican vote and vetting a new class of fresh members of congress who, when it comes to the legislative agendas, are more attuned to their constituency back home, rather than the party leadership. It is expected however that the Democrats will retain their edge in the Senate given that the number of contested seats between the Republicans and the Democrats equal each other out.
In the House, the GOP will initiate a series of investigations and issue subpoenas and have hearing after hearing in Congress. The GOP will for example start investigations
against president Obama and possibly attempt to impeach him on issues such as the failure of the Justice Department to investigate charges of “intimidation of White voters” against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia in the 2008 elections, or the massive government bailouts of financial institutions. In Harris poll released last March, 24 percent of Republicans believe that president Obama is an anti-Christ. With a constituency like this, Impeachment remains a real possibility against Obama especially that Christian extremist organizations and Tea Party groups believe that Obama is not a native born American citizen and therefore he is an illegitimate president.
Ali Younes is a writer and an analyst based in Washington D.C. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at TheArabDailyNews.com, TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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