If Barack Obama is re-elected President on November 6, the result will be “civil war” within the Republican Party.
That is the prediction of POLITICO and a number of other politics-following pundits, such as Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
But if he wins another four years in office, the President could face unprecedented threats to his authority–and safety.
Among the results of this Republican ”civil war” predicted by POLITICO: A clash between
- moderates and right-wingers
- those who are concerned about fiscal issues and those concerned about social issues
- anti-establishment Tea Party members and establishment-order Republicans
- those favoring amnesty for illegal aliens to expand the party base and those demanding wholesale deportation of such aliens.
If Romney fails to win the White House, there will definitely be many Republicans who call for “death to moderates and moderation.”
Or, as another failed Republican Presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, put it in 1964: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
But the unleashed passions of a Romney defeat could result in more than a Republican implosion. They could also release the most dangerous types of explosion–aimed at President Obama.
The first of these threats could be an attempted impeachment.
While this may sound beyond the realm of possibility, some Republicans have openly salivated over the prospect of railroading the President out of office.
On August 16, 2011, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain said that impeaching Obama “would be a great thing to do.”
Asked on a conference call with bloggers why Republicans couldn’t just impeach Obama, Cain responded:
“That’s a great question and it is a great–it would be a great thing to do, but because the Senate is controlled by Democrats we would never be able to get the Senate first to take up that action, because they simply don’t care what the American public thinks.
“So the main stumbling block in terms of getting him impeached on a whole list of things such as trying to pass a health care mandate which is unconstitutional, ordering the Department of Justice to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act–that’s an impeachable offense right there.
“There are a number of things where a case could be made in order to impeach him, but because Republicans do not control the United States Senate, they would never allow it to get off the ground.”
Not being able to impeach Obama, Republicans have settled for everything else short of that.
During the 2012 Presidential race, Republicans have accused Obama of a lack of “bipartisanship.” Romney has repeatedly promised to “work across the aisle” with Democrats if elected.
Yet it was a high-ranking Republican who gave away the game.
In an interview with National Journal magazine published October 23, 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
Republicans have worked tirelessly to defeat Obama’s efforts to provide universal healthcare for those who can’t afford expensive medical insurance.
They spread the false report that the new healthcare law would come with “death panels” to direct Americans to euthanasia centers.
They also directed their followers to disrupt town hall meetings of Democratic Congressmen and Senators where the proposed law would be discussed. Several such meetings had to be canceled due to verbal or even physical outbursts aimed at those presiding.
A number of Democratic Senators and Congressmen received violent threats and/or their offices or campaign headquarters were vandalized.
President Obama himself came in for smears of the most scurrilous sort. According to Republicans and their right-wing allies:
- Obama was born in Kenya–despite a Hawaiian birth certificate proving his American citizenship.
- He was a Nazi, and thus often depicted in posters wearing a Hitler mustache.
- He was a Muslim–despite his having been a member of the United Church of Christ for 20 years.
- He was collaborating with America’s Muslim enemies in Al Qaeda–despite his ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden and killing far more Al Qaeda leaders with pilotless drones than George W. Bush had.
Republicans refused to give Obama credit for anything.
- When he ordered the successful Navy SEALS raid on bin Laden, rightists claimed: “The SEALS took out bin Laden, not Obama.” True–except that the SEALS wouldn’t have made the raid had Obama not ordered it.
- When the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that unemployment was high, Republicans blamed Obama’s “anti-business” policies.
- When, later, many businesses started hiring, Republicans claimed this proved the free enterprise system could overcome any difficulties.
- Republicans didn’t object to George W. Bush’s lying the United States into a needless war with Iraq by claiming that Saddam Hussein had been a party to 9/11–and was building a nuclear bomb.
- When Obama began withdrawing troops from Iraq, Republicans attacked him for “losing Iraq,” as though that country was ours to lose.