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Impeachment talk, once the favorite topic of Democrats, appears to have come full circle, thanks to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Speaking on his podcast, “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” the Texas senator stated on Monday that he believed that it is likely that Republicans will win control of the House of Representatives again in the 2022 mid-term elections.
Democrats had “weaponized impeachment,” according to Cruz, and he openly floated the idea that Republicans may now be the ones pursuing impeachment if they receive the numbers needed to make the threat credible.
“One of the real disadvantages of doing that is the more you weaponized it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” he said.
Cruz, clearly confident of Republican prospects, re-played an older interview in which he stated that the odds of a Republican victory that re-aligns the House at about 90-10, and the odds of reclaiming full control of the Senate (which is currently in a dead split) at 50-50.
This isn’t the first time Republicans have threatened President Joe Biden with impeachment. There was an attempt in September by Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH) to impeach Biden over the ongoing, unaddressed crisis at the southern border, along with the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan.
Currently, Democrats have the House, and therefore the numbers needed to derail any attempt at such a thing. So far, attempts at impeachment have mostly just been attempts to grab headlines and attention, rather than a serious effort to remove Biden, as Gibbs himself noted:
“There are dynamics in Congress preventing this from being debated. But I could not stand by while Biden commits flagrant & deliberate violations of his oath of office.”
This, of course, has gone both ways. Democrats had acquired some notoriety over their repeated attempts to impeach former President Donald Trump. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson noted this trend and how it was a popular rallying cry to their base, just as impeaching Biden is for the Republicans.
“[Democrats] need to keep Donald Trump at the center of the conversation. They’re impeaching him so they can continue to give speeches about him. It’s that simple,” he said last January.
While some, such as former Trump speechwriter Stephen Miller, accuse the Republicans of fecklessness (from the safety of the pundit sidelines and guest commentary), the truth is that impeachment has always been a difficult prospect, regardless of party, though there are signs that it is getting easier and more political.
Only three presidents have ever been impeached via the House: Andrew Johnson (in 1868), Bill Clinton (1998), and Donald Trump, who received this distinction twice (2019 and 2021, after he was already out of office.) None have ever actually been removed by this, since impeachment itself simply brings a case before the Senate, and each time the Senate has voted in favor of the president.
It remains to be seen, of course, whether Cruz’s predictions about a major Republican victory in the House or subsequent impeachment hearings come to pass.
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