The recent talk of impeachment is a great example of the problem
We have never had so much access to information, but we have never truly known less than we do now.
It used to be that the President and members of Congress would hold press conferences to inform the media - and thus the public – of important matters of the day. Those informational meetings soon turned to propaganda distribution sessions.
Now, they are full of lists of talking points and some smoke and mirror parlor tricks to try to confuse the public into believing a narrative.
This is not a Republican invention or merely a conservative tactic. Both sides are equal opportunity offenders on misinformation dissemination. However, the recent talk of impeachment is a great example of the problem.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has been very clear that only President Barack Obama and his minions are discussing impeachment. Boehner even has a theory about why they are discussing it.
"This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election," Boehner said.
The whole talk of impeachment is coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. It is like Boehner never watches the news or doesn’t think anyone else does.
Sarah Palin has been banging the loudest drum on impeachment of President Obama. She has a litany of reasons that she believes he is the most impeachable President in history. I guess she changed her party affiliation or maybe Boehner just didn’t hear about those half dozen speeches and FOX News appearances where she defended the speeches.
Maybe he also missed the AM Radio echo chamber reverberating the same discussions 12 hours a day for more than a month. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the many sound-a-likes have all been talking about impeachment because without extremist views to yell about, people would slide the dial over to sports talk radio and debate the greatest quarterback ever.
But in Boehner’s defense, these are media creations, no one on Capitol Hill is talking about impeachment, are they?
Last week on FOX News Sunday, Majority Whip Steve Scalise refused to tell Chris Wallace that the President would not be impeached. But he didn’t bring it up. It was just a question that he refused to answer.
But just this week on the same program, Rep. Steve King said that Obama’s immigration inaction created a constitutional crisis that left Congress no choice but to impeach him.
Once again, that is another Republican just days ago calling for impeachment. But Boehner doesn’t want anyone to believe that his party is creating the fundraising opportunity and public opinion destroying narrative.
"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," he said.
“We have no plans” is the least committal phrase ever. After all, I have no plans to eat lunch Tuesday, but I bet I do. What does “we have no future plans” even mean? It doesn’t mean that they won’t try to impeach Obama in the future. I guess they haven’t planned a future impeachment, whatever that means.
It is simple. Boehner is either lying, has no idea what he is talking about, or has zero control of the members he was elected to lead.
Regardless, this is his problem. The Democrats are gaining traction in polling and fundraising because of it and if Boehner wants to stop that, he is going to have to do more than equivocation at a press conference.
He is going to have to control the message or deal with the results.
Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org