A certain book will be published on June 3 that appears to give the Democratic Party pause. That would be “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment” by former federal prosecutor and conservative commentator Andrew C. McCarthy. Let the grappling begin. The book itself has prompted a voter outreach by the Democratic National Committee, launched Sunday.
“Conservatives are getting excited about a brand new book,” the organization says in a mass email. “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 another message, communication director Mo Elleithee advises, “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?)”
Mr. McCarthy himself rejects the idea that his book is a fancy political stunt.
“‘Faithless Execution’ argues against partisan hackery. I analyze the legal case for impeachment as a former prosecutor who would not go to court without a sufficient case. And as far as the politics goes, I argue that, despite the sizable majority Republicans hold in the House, articles of impeachment should not be filed unless and until there is a strong public will to remove the president from power — one that transcends party lines,” he says in a statement provided by Encounter Books.
Mr. McCarthy also distinguishes between an effort to impeach President Obama and previous campaigns to impeach Richard Nixon and former President Bill Clinton.
“Obama’s presidency is a willful, systematic attack on the constitutional system of separation of powers, an enterprise that aims to bring about a new regime of government by executive decree. This is exactly the kind of subversion the Framers designed the impeachment power to address. The Nixon and Clinton episodes involved misconduct that did not aim to undermine our constitutional framework,” Mr. McCarthy says.
ADVICE FOR LONGEVITY
“I just keep a-going. I don’t stop.”
— Comment by Richard Overton on how he reached the age of 108; his birthday was Sunday. Mr. Overton, who has lived in the same Austin, Texas, home for 73 years and has an active driver’s license, is the oldest living World War II veteran.
RUBIO CRAFTS A RENAISSANCE
Go to New Hampshire for a grassroots dinner, make a stand on a Sunday talk show and strike a presidential posture, then head to a major venue in the nation’s capital for serious policy talk. That is Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 rebranding strategy of he moment. The Florida Republican was in the Granite State for a GOP fundraiser Friday, then made his case for the White House known on ABC’s “This Week” with vigorous intent.
“If I decide to run for president, I will not have some sort of exit strategy to run for the Senate. I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president. You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out,” Mr. Rubio said.
He also reframed his stance on immigration, telling the network, “I remain convinced we need to do something serious about our immigration problem in this country. Both parties, I think, have a responsibility. We’re not going to grant blanket amnesty to 12 million people. We’re also not going to round up and deport 12 million people. So that issue has to be dealt with in a reasonable but responsible way.”
But wait, there’s more. He’ll be at the National Press Club on Tuesday to propose new reforms to make it easier for young Americans to save for retirement, and remove financial penalties on older folks who continue to work — the latest in a series of policy proposals “to reclaim the 21st century American Dream,” he says.