Michael Steele: Farenthold 'Asinine' to Talk About Impeachment Vote

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 02:32 PM

By Dan Weil

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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has slammed GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold for claiming there are enough votes in the House to impeach President Barack Obama.

"These comments are beyond the pale, particularly from members of the House who take these arcane, asinine positions," Steele said on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

"I think the congressman is flat wrong. He wouldn’t get the votes in the House because I can’t think outside of a small pool of people who would actually tolerate that process to the point of a vote in the House.”

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Farenthold's impeachment remark came at a town hall meeting in his Texas district after a woman insisted Obama's birth certificate is phony, Politico reports. He said that discussion is now long past, but that there were enough votes in the House to impeach the president, but it would fail in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Republicans would be committing political suicide by holding an impeachment vote, Steele said.

"If you really want to give away the House, go ahead, start impeachment, because the fact of the matter is the public as a whole would rebel against that so much that it wouldn’t even be funny."

So what should the GOP's focus be?

"I think the party needs to . . . focus on how it can develop a message on the economy, on jobs, healthcare . . . and not how we look to make fun of the president or impeach him," Steele said.



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