Afternoon Fix: House member calls for Obama impeachment

at 05:09 PM ET, 08/09/2011

A Texas House member wants to impach Obama, Paul Ryan wants to fight back, John McCain isn’t sorry, Rick Perry is headed to Iowa and Jon Huntsman has a “major announcement ” to make.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) met with an unhappy tea party group yesterday and came out in favor of impeaching President Obama, saying “It needs to happen... it would tie things up.” He was also forced to defend his vote in favor of the debt ceiling deal, saying, “I didn’t want the country to go through what it is going through right now. It’s not the president's downgrade. The downgrade affected the whole country.” But Burgess added that he wouldn’t vote for another debt ceiling increase.

* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is getting involved in the presidential race — sort of. He’s emailing supporters asking for money to run ads in Iowa defending his budget and urging 2012 candidates to support it. The Democratic National Committee has been painting Ryan’s budget as “extreme” in Iowa ads, Ryan wrote that he wants to launch a “counter-attack.” It’s an unusual move for a non-candidate.

* Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), the frontrunner in the primary to take on Sen. Ben Nelson (D) next year, compared welfare recipients to raccoons eating bugs out of buckets this week. “The raccoons — they’re not stupid, they’re gonna do the easy way if we make it easy for them,” Bruning said. “Just like welfare recipients all across America. If we don’t send them to work, they’re gonna take the easy route.” Bruning is known for his off-the-cuff, occasionally controversial remarks.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not sorry he compared tea party lawmakers to hobbits (quoting from a Wall Street Journal editorial) late last month. “I am sorry if it was misunderstood. I am not sorry for what I said,” McCain told angry constituents at a town hall meeting Monday. “Why should I [apologize] when it’s the facts?”

* Mitt Romney’s campaign manager has responded to a Politico story on how President Obama plans to go negative against the former Massachusetts governor: “It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” said campaign manager Matt Rhoades. “President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* House Democrats are taking a cue from David Axelrod. On Sunday, the Obama campaign strategist called the Standard & Poor’s credit rating downgrade a “tea party downgrade,” saying tea party supporters ”brought us to the brink of a default.” A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee email picks up the “Tea Party Downgrade” message and asks for money to fight back. The White House has avoided blaming the tea party for the downgrade.

* Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will make a “major announcement” tomorrow morning at Scotty's Landing, a waterfront restaurant in Coconut Grove, Florida. Feel free to speculate.

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is headed to the hometown of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Sunday. The trip to Waterloo, Iowa comes after stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and by the time he gets there Perry will reportedly be in the presidential race. Presumably, he’ll avoid any John Wayne references.

* Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has signed the legislature’s redistricting plan into law. The state is losing a seat thanks to population decline. The Republican-drawn map pits two Democratic incumbents against each other and decimates the districts of two more — including high-ranking Rep. John Conyers (D) — moves that have Democrats crying foul.

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