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Rachel Maddow on Benghazi and the Relentless Republican Desire to Impeach Obama: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow last night took an incredible look at how Republicans have been trying to "impeach Obama for something, anything" since the first day he was in office, ticking off the list of reasons that have been offered up by various lawmakers, yet haven't stuck.

"Republicans and the Right love talking about impeaching President Obama even when they're not sure exactly why. It's almost like an involuntary tic. They sneeze and a little 'impeach Obama' just squeezes out without them meaning to."

Benghazi is just the latest, and it's Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) who's leading the charge.

Maddow dissects the GOP arguments, and the outrage.


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  1. It's just the latest empty smoke and mirrors issue. In fact, Boehner and The House GOP is primarily at fault for denying State and Obama's request for security upgrade funding - for the simple reason of trying to screw Obama.

    Posted by: Tarc | May 11, 2013 10:09:13 AM

  2. Tarc, thanks for pointing this out. God, I try to contain the anger at Republicans who, as Ms. Maddow, says will try "something/anything" to harm or hurt or humiliate President Obama. It's almost like a psychosis or a pathology. In my lifetime, I have never seen one political party focus on one thing and one thing only, which is at all costs, keep Mr. Obama from succeeding no matter what else falls to the side, no matter what harm it does to the body-politic, no matter how much suffering Americans must go through with unemployment, etc. It's simply "get Obama". I just hope that reasonable people, Americans of goodwill, can see through the despicable doings of the Republicans and in 2014 vote them out of office. Otherwise, it's going to be a long, very long, four years.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 11, 2013 10:17:08 AM

  3. Thanks Rachel.. Brilliant as usual!

    Posted by: allen from austin | May 11, 2013 10:22:40 AM

  4. it was the same with clinton though now there is added racism

    The modern repub party with its embrace of the crazy xtianista fundies must equate the opposition with the devil. The very basics of religious fundamentalism equates everything and anything not part of it as inherently evil

    Anyway; the current benghazi bruhaha is more about tarnishing Hillary pre 2016 than anything else

    Posted by: Moz's | May 11, 2013 10:55:54 AM

  5. Where'sthe freaking video ?

    Posted by: Maverick69 | May 11, 2013 11:02:53 AM

  6. Quite frankly, the Republicans shot their impeachment wad with Clinton (well, actually that wad went on Monica's dress but I digress).

    IMHO, President Obama would have to murder one of his rentboys on live television in order in order to get Obama impeached and removed from office at this point.

    And Michelle would get to the President first under that scenario.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 11, 2013 12:15:23 PM

  7. The Repubs are the party equivalent of that white sneering at the black girl in that famous school integration paragraph. They needed a catch-all monster to displace their Bush disappointments on, so they gave him a black face, an ethnic name, and decided to turn Washington into a country club that's been bitterly forced to integrate.

    Posted by: Gry | May 11, 2013 12:24:37 PM

  8. @jamal49, my sentiments exactly!

    Posted by: AriesMatt | May 11, 2013 12:35:02 PM

  9. Calls for impeachment by political extremists happen with every presidential term, but the Republicans can't seem to keep these calls on a low burn anymore. Normally relegated to the back pages of hack newspapers and magazines, we now have some mainstream press coverage. This is probably a result of the unnatural influence of conservative AM radio talk shows on the party.

    Posted by: anon | May 11, 2013 1:12:32 PM

  10. @Moz's
    Got it.
    Anything to tarnish Hillary. She paralyzes them.

    Posted by: JONES | May 11, 2013 2:05:47 PM

  11. This is all a campaign to smear Hillary CLinton because they are scared of her for 2016. Ask them to investigate the Bush war and embassy deaths first!

    Posted by: KuMiCu | May 11, 2013 2:06:33 PM

  12. Benghazi is a tragedy that was exploited and trumped up into a "scandal" by the GOP to score political points. First they tried to spin the narrative to look like Obama was lying, in hopes that it would torpedo his re-election.

    When that failed, they attempted to foist the blame on Hilary because they are terrified of her running in 2016 and wanted to make her look incompetent.

    After that flopped (because you can't beat Hil at the politics game), now they're ranting that if Obama had immediately sent the Army, Navy, Marines and Captain Planet, everyone would have been saved and their wives wouldn't have left them for another woman. *rolls eyes*

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | May 11, 2013 2:15:03 PM

  13. The menagerie of ignorant boors, louts and bigots comprising the voice of the republican party in our time represent the very worst that democracy can serve up. Some states ought to be sanctioned for the quality of congressional delegations they send to Washington. I used to think Orrin Hatch was beyond the pale, but the rest of the barnyard that is his party make Hatch look like Dwight David Eisenhower.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | May 11, 2013 3:38:51 PM

  14. Rachel's upset that "The Palms" closed. The Democrats wanted to have Nixon impeached. He resigned instead. Clinton went from Oval Office horn dog, to respected elder statesman. Can Obama be impeached for golfing?

    Posted by: GB | May 11, 2013 4:03:21 PM

  15. Did you expect anything else out of today's GOP and its billionaire owners? Really?

    Posted by: Kyle Michel Sullivan | May 11, 2013 4:20:38 PM

  16. I think the Dems are holding their cards just waiting for the right moment to embarrass the conspiracy fools. Great article:

    Posted by: Craig | May 11, 2013 4:38:02 PM

  17. We the people need to open our eyes because this is bogus!! I'm sure you will all attack me. I'm sure you will all say I'm just another crazy conspirator, and if that is your opinion, you are free to have it. However, if your support of that statement is because Rachel Maddow said this and it showed it on a tv screen, or Wolf Blitzer said that, you're doing exactly what the government wants: To sit back and enjoy your lives, as they strike fear with attacks, epidemics, and terror until we willingly give up our rights. We've already started doing so too!!! Per example, look up a video "Anonymous vs. The Bank of America" and watch the opening of the video as a man in California this year who had $1,280.00 in US dollars in front of him, for a $1,271.00 bill. Bank of America REFUSED his cash! Why? Because the day of the Boston Bombings, which is absolutely a tremendous tragedy in our country's history, also had another startling event occurance...the price of GOLD dropped to its lowest amount in our history! Congress has also been holding congressional meetings since last December discussing the actual Impeachment plan for Obama because he doesn't go through them anymore, he signs Executive Orders, or passes bills during important events (the Super Bowl this year), or late hours of the night. He did this TWICE in the week of the Boston Bombings, one of which gives the Government the right to take into custody ANYBODY who may pose any POTENTIAL threats to the US...This law pertains to everyone regardless of foreign or domestic! Also, fun fact, there is no time period to release such people. That's literally Tom Cruises job in "Minority Report". Bush did the same on New Years Eve 2011 and other times before that, so this is not a discussion about race or class, although it's trying to be manipulated as such by CNBS and CNN. It's about our Civil Liberties being hijacked and bribery from corporations controlling the Govt. and Mainstream media & music.

    You Rachel Maddow, have only discussed the people who came up with a thousand moronic reasons to impeach Obama, but never truly analyzed any of the facts we need to know about congressional hearings? How can anyone argue against impeaching the man who, without congress, and through Executive Order has taken away the very foundations our country was founded on?!?! Use YOUR own brain after doing independent research not on these websites, but on countless different outlets and source websites. Read legitimate documents published by our government. Look out for the worlds of ICLEI and Agenda 21, which is the plan to make the environment and our earth more "Sustainable"...that's a clever way for the Elite (NWO) to disguise their greater purpose which is to regulate the human population in order to have the Elite survive on the 20% of Oil that is left on our planet. They've already had many cities all over the country sign onto the ICLEI program, but that's a way for the Govt. to own property for the environment. That's great, until you realize how much land they intend on taking. Look up Agenda 21, I dare you American Citizens, because if you don't eliminate them in your communities, the majority of us will watch as our Constitution goes up in flames.

    If you still think I am crazy because I am an unimportant person, then maybe this will help you think more deeply. The last President to truly serve for the people and by the people was JFK. Listen to his "Secret Society Speech", which is a 19 minute speech, the main topic being the fine line between keeping secrets and knowledge the public has a constitutional right to know for the concern of Public Safety and National Security. And challenging the people to make their own informed decisions after looking up the facts and double-checking those facts. Ever since the Carter administration to Obamas current one, the same THREE Corporations have placed different figures to act as the Cabinet for said President. This is all documented info, but it needs to be sought after because journalists get bribed to keep quiet, and the poor stay poor, while the VERY FEW ELITE stay rich.

    I'm all for defending this country when it is being attacked on as well as every American should! So how about we defend the people, and our Constitutional Rights, the principles we were founded on.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Because otherwise the Marshall Law Police State scene we saw in Boston will happen until its true purpose is served: to go into everyone's homes and take away our arms. And shortly after take away our freedom of speech. Journalism is the only "business" protected by the Constitution and it is for the purpose that we all can have an understanding of whats occurring daily in our country. Research independently, and you will find the truth! It's time to go back to our roots America, this is the land of the free, home of the brave. We need to take control of our government before it's too late!

    Posted by: FreedomOfSpeech | May 11, 2013 5:46:06 PM

  18. @FreedomOfSpeech: LOL

    Posted by: Chadd | May 11, 2013 8:33:18 PM

  19. Someone's tinfoil hat is way too tight!

    Posted by: Kenneth | May 11, 2013 11:33:12 PM

  20. Haven't you guys figured it out by now? If a Democratic President is re-elected, the Republicans know that something terrible must have happened in the universe, and that can only be counteracted by immediately impeaching him. (Because, of course, God only wants Republicans re-elected.)

    It has nothing to do with sour grapes, pathological hatred of those unlike them, an unquenchable lust for power, etc.; no, the Democrats are evil and godless and will lead us all to a gun-banned, homo-loving Socialist hell unless they are stopped. That's why the Republicans are justified using voter I.D. laws, dropping voters from the rolls, using impeachment to try to remove the President for whatever they can come up with (because, you know, Watergate, Iran-Contra and invading Iraq over non-existent weapons were no big deal Constitutionally, so stop asking questions and bringing them up).

    America was once described as "a republic, if you can keep it." I sometimes think that the only way we do manage to keep it is that those who keep inadvertently trying to destroy it from within are basically incompetent trolls.

    Posted by: Dback | May 12, 2013 3:49:50 AM

  21. Wow, is it a full moon or something? Where are all these nutbags coming from in Towleroad comments?

    Basically it's this:

    A bunch of backward, old, uptight, self-hating, bitter white guys simply STILL can't handle the fact that a black man was voted in as president, TWICE.

    Ah, irony.

    Posted by: johnny | May 12, 2013 7:58:31 AM

  22. The rabid Obama haters are just as understandable as the rabid Bush haters and just as likely to listen to reason.

    Posted by: Diogenes | May 12, 2013 11:02:32 AM

  23. Right wing politicians and pundits have been labeling Obama as arrogant, elitist, unAmerican, ... even treasonous -- and calling for his impeachment -- ever since he took office, and all because he had the temerity to promote policies and programs that ran counter to the Republican Party's political agenda and ideology.

    Posted by: labman57 | May 12, 2013 11:41:30 AM

  24. RACHEL Maddow is the Little Dyke that needs to GEAUX!

    Rachel needs to Grow her Hair, Stop Dressing like a Little Dude and She just might be PRETTY!

    "Nobody Like DYKES and that's no BULL!" (TRAINAISM, 2013)

    ... but the BUCKS STOPS with OBAMA and he can't pin this one on GEORGE W.!


    Posted by: MARK TRAINA | May 12, 2013 5:30:58 PM

  25. In 2013, Obama and Hillary attempt the Push each other Down a Flight of STAIRS!

    Hillary won't Geaux Down Easy, not without Fight!

    Hillary's White House Aspirations went up in Benghiza Smoke!

    Benghiza may bring an end to the Obama Communist Regime!

    It is time for President Obama to "STEP DOWN" for telling U.S. to "STAND DOWN" during the Benghiza Embassy Attack in Lybia, back in October of 2012!



    Posted by: MARK TRAINA | May 12, 2013 5:38:31 PM

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