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Even with their vote suppression laws, and perhaps a recognition on some level that vote suppression will fail as it has before, the Tea Party wants to energize the base with promises of an impeachment show to blame Roy Cooper for the inevitable down fall of North Carolina’s ban on marriage equality.
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If it sounds familiar, it’s because that’s the same trick the Tea Party wingnuts within the Republican Party are using throughout the United States.
There are important differences between the two. The Federal impeachment show will be telecast if Republicans win control of the Senate, with President Barack Obama as their target.
My sources in North Carolina suggest the state’s version of an impeachment show, with Roy Cooper as the target, isn’t going to happen. Still, this serves as a teachable moment about the Tea Party mentality.
The similarities between the Tea Party impeachment fantasies lie in their absurdity and in what is ultimately a mockery of the purpose of impeachment proceedings.
The Federal impeachment show, in reality, is based on Barack Obama committing the high crime of being being elected president twice while black and the misdemeanor of being a Democrat.
Like their federal counterparts, North Carolina’s Tea Party believes that being a Democrat should be an impeachable offense, of which Roy Cooper is guilty. His high crime is having the intellectual capacity to decide against wasting tax payer resources on an exercise in the futility in making losing arguments. Specifically, Cooper used this rational when he decided to discontinue defending the state’s anti- marriage equality law. Moreover, Roy Cooper is guilty of recognizing that the same court that struck down Virginia’s ban on same sex marriages will likely rule the same way on the North Carolina version. Cooper also committed the crime of recognizing that the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue. However, Cooper’s biggest offense is his refusal to put reality aside to give the Tea Party what it wants.
The SCOTUS managed to evade the question of whether same sex marriages are protected under the U.S. constitution in its previous rulings. Now that Virginia and Utah have taken their respective bans on same sex marriage to the Roberts court, there is no place to hide, punt or evade.
That said, Roy Cooper’s job as Attorney-General is to make decisions about which legal battles to pursue based on the law and the reality is, the future for homophobic fantasies of bans on same sex marriage is bleak. Advocates of marriage equality won 20 cases in the year since the Supreme Court ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A year ago, Antonin Scalia who is opposed to marriage equality, saw the same legal realities that led to Roy Cooper’s decision to discontinue the fight.
How easy it is, indeed how inevitable, to reach the same conclusion with regard to state laws denying same-sex couples marital status. No one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe.
However, telling the Tea Party about reality results in the same reaction as saying no to a two year old. The inevitable result is a temper tantrum followed by screams of “I wanna impeachment show!”
Norm Sanderson raised the prospect of impeachment at the first meeting of Morehead-Beaufort Tea Party – to an audience of 16.
If he’s not going to defend what we, the citizens of North Carolina, want him to defend, we need to probably impeach him because he’s been a vocal opponent of the marriage amendment ever since it was passed. Our leadership hasn’t made the final decision but everything is on ready, set, go if that’s what we want to do.
In short, Sanderson says he wants to impeach Cooper because instead of doing what the Tea Party wants he recognized the very reality that Atonin Scalia predicted a year ago.
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