Go ahead and impeach Biden, House Republicans. See you in 2024

Earlier this week, Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram sent out a short thread of illuminating tweets framed as a “User’s Manual To Where We Stand With Possible ‘Impeachments’ in the House.”

It was indeed helpful, since House Republicans are currently plotting several of them. Pergram’s thread noted that the push to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over something nebulous was “furthest along,” according to a senior House Republican source. “Although that doesn’t mean that it’s THAT far along,” Pergram added. In other words, it’s not like the GOP caucus has nailed down real evidence in support of actionable wrongdoing yet.

But House Republicans are also weighing impeaching Attorney General Merrick Garland or maybe even President Joe Biden, after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy signaled an openness to it in a Fox News interview on Monday night. McCarthy’s public flirtation with the topic was framed to Pergram by a Republican source as “high-level ‘trial balloons.'”

“The reason is that McCarthy wants to get a sense of what GOPers want to do,” Pergram explained. “And most importantly, where the votes may lie for impeaching anyone.”

Anyone? Biden, Garland, Mayorkas—who knows? Maybe they should flip a coin; play rock, paper, scissors; or get out the Magic 8 Ball.

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Back in the day, lawmakers used to investigate these things first, but that’s so last Congress. Today’s House Republicans just move on to the vote-counting and figure they’ll hash out a rationale later.

Anyhow, the caucus must have been hot on targeting the president because by Tuesday, McCarthy was reportedly “moving closer” to opening an impeachment inquiry.

On the one hand, Republicans say they’re “sitting on” loads of evidence. On the other hand, they are justifying an inquiry as a way to obtain information they’ve been blocked from getting. Which is it, geniuses?  Pick a lane.

At least some Republicans are trying to pump the brakes on playing a completely absurd impeachment card as the country gears up for the 2024 presidential cycle.

“It’s a good idea to go to the inquiry stage,” former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Washington Post. But he cautioned that “impeachment itself is a terrible idea.”

Gingrich, who helped lead the impeachment crusade against President Bill Clinton in 1998, stepped down immediately after the Republican House suffered huge losses in the midterm elections.

Still, Gingrich was essentially clearing the way for McCarthy to appease the Republican extremists who own his speaker’s gavel while cautioning him against an actual impeachment proceeding. Gingrich knows a thing or two about impeachment fallout.

Meanwhile, several House Republicans beelined to reporters to downplay McCarthy’s escalation. The Biden White House happily highlighted the discord within the GOP caucus in a statement to The Hill.

  • Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado called McCarthy’s tactics “impeachment theater.”

  • Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina told reporters, “no one is seriously talking about impeachment.”

  • Rep. Tony Gonzalez of Texas offered that voters in his district are concerned about “real issues,” like inflation (which is actually dropping) and the border (where crossings have actually plummeted).

“The American people want their leaders in Congress to spend their time working with the President on important issues like continuing to lower costs, create good-paying jobs, and strengthen health care,” said the White House statement, calling Republican machinations “baseless stunts.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also weighed in Wednesday, calling impeachment “not good for the country” while also drawing a false equivalency between House Republicans and the two Democratic impeachments of Donald Trump.


Those impeachment proceedings involved tangible evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually put off impeachment for as long as humanly possible because she knew it would be a divisive proceeding that could blow up in Democrats’ faces. Her hand was finally forced in September 2019 by the whistleblower account of Trump’s attempt to extort Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. And then Trump actually plotted a blood-thirsty coup attempt on Jan. 6, 2021, to disrupt certification of the 2020 election and end the peaceful transfer of power. So that was that.

But keep this in mind: Both of Trump’s impeachments were rooted in hard evidence—like the transcript of Trump’s ‘perfect phone call’ with Zelenskyy, while the Jan. 6 insurrection played out live on TV screens across the country. The horror of that day and Trump’s role in it was then vividly recreated by the Jan. 6 committee, arguably the most theatrically effective congressional investigation in decades. In fact, without the Jan. 6 hearings, special counsel Jack Smith likely wouldn’t be preparing to drop a criminal indictment on the matter any day now.

In stark contrast to Pelosi’s reticence, House Republicans are still chasing their tails on a mystery scandal with supposed mounds of evidence—if only they had the subpoena power to access it.

As White House spokesperson Ian Sams noted on Tuesday of the House GOP’s mystifying predicament, “This is literally nonsensical.”


Go on with that impeachment, Republicans. The already deluded GOP base will eat it up, but the rest of the country will weigh in at the ballot box next year. See you there.

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