Newt Gingrich spoke to Politico Thursday evening. He gave fellow Republicans an admonition about overreaching on the subject of Obama’s Scandals. He claims they could create future problems for their own party.
Gingrich, who spearheaded the attempted impeachment of President Clinton in 1998, knows something about attacking a sitting President.
“I think we overreached in ’98, how’s that for a quote you can use?” Gingrich told NPR’s Mara Liasson for a story on Friday’s broadcast of Morning Edition.
Now, says Gingrich, Republicans should proceed with caution. “They need to be calm and factual,” he said. “For example, a House subcommittee should invite every single tea party, conservative, patriot group that was messed over by the IRS, every single one of them, to come in and testify, so that they build this deadening record of how many different people were having their rights abused by this administration.”
Second term Presidents frequently suffer through scandals. The reasons are numerous, but some of the more common are arrogance, inattention, or the sheer weight of probability. The longer an administration is in power, the greater the number of programs they oversee.
And there is always the politics involved. The day after a Presidential election, campaigning begins for the next. Republicans are fearful of already slipping behind in the polls for 2016. The public can expect increased attacks on Democrats, particularly if there is any possible link to Hillary Clinton.
The list of recent presidents facing post-reelection travails extends from Dwight Eisenhower (a gift scandal that claimed his chief of staff), Ronald Reagan (Iran-Contra), George W. Bush (“Plame-gate”), Bill Clinton (impeachment over Monica Lewinsky) and, of course, Richard Nixon, who resigned amid Watergate.
In the case of President Obama, he is facing three immediate challenges. Two of these seem to be in control. Although Republicans attempted to grow the tragedy in Benghazi into a conspiracy, with the release of White House e-mails, there is no apparent “smoking gun”. The offense by the Department of Justice, securing two months of phone records from reporters and editors employed by the Associated Press, may not touch the Office of the President.
The single issue that is regarded as extremely egregious by both parties, is the targeting of TEA Party members last year, in regards to their ‘tax exempt’ status.
Although there is no reason to believe that Mr. Obama was directly involved in the issue, how he pursues those who were guilty of making the decision will be closely scrutinized.
Gingrich’s view about how Republicans should proceed echoes those expressed by other GOP leaders in a piece published Thursday evening by Politico:
“Republicans are worried one thing could screw up the political gift of three Obama administration controversies at once: fellow Republicans.
“Top GOP leaders are privately warning members to put a sock in it when it comes to silly calls for impeachment or over-the-top comparisons to Watergate. They want members to focus on months of fact-finding investigations, not rhetorical fury.”
Earlier this week, The Washington Post’s The Fix blog wrote that:
“Talk to any Republican political strategist about whether GOP leaders should spend their time talking about the terrorist attack in Benghazi or the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives and you will get a unanimous answer: IRS.”
The average tax payer is concerned that by focusing on issues outside of the major issues facing our nation will either damage or negate critical legislation. The federal budget, immigration, tax reform, and responsible changes in firearms legislation are the main considerations of the average man and woman.
Too often focusing on so called ‘scandals’ merely becomes political posturing.
Once again, I beg Washington to “DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE”.
The Guardian Express