Democrats are spending a lot more time talking about impeachment than Republicans, according to Nate Silver, the statistician who accurately predicted the outcome of the 2012 presidential vote in every state.
Silver, founder and editor in chief of the website FiveThirtyEight, pointed to the Sunlight Foundation’s Capitol Words database, which tracks words spoken in the House and Senate.
In July, there have been 10 mentions of the term “impeachment” in Congress and four others of the term “impeach,” Silver said. Eleven of the 14 mentions have been made by Democrats.
Silver’s website, launched by ESPN, uses statistical analysis to tell stories about politics, science, economics and sports.
He noted former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called for impeachment on the Fox News Channel earlier this month. But he said that for every mention of impeachment on Fox News in July, there have been five on liberal-leaning MSNBC.
Silver said his data comes from a Lexis-Nexis search of transcripts on each network, counting mention of the words “impeach” or “impeachment.”
In a single episode of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Monday, the terms were used 32 times.
In July overall, Fox News has 95 mentions of impeachment while MSNBC has 448, about 2.7 mentions per hour of original programming.
Since Jan. 1, Silver said, MSNBC has mentioned impeachment 905 times to Fox News’ 213.
Sliver said Democrats believe impeachment would be highly unpopular with the public and could revive their long-shot chance of recapturing the House in November.
As WND reported, talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh said Monday that President Obama is trying “very hard” to coax Republicans into impeaching him, pointing to policies that sparked a surge of illegal aliens.
“He is really trying to goad the House Republicans into impeaching him. Really trying, I mean, very hard,” Limbaugh said. “It’s become obvious. It’s so obvious, he’s not fooling anybody.”
Limbaugh’s comments echo the sentiments of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, who told WND Saturday, “President Obama is begging to be impeached.”
Stockman’s comments became the lead story over the weekend on the popular Drudge Report.
“For all I know, Obama is preparing to process 5 million illegal immigrant kids and teenagers into the United States,” Stockman said upon observing border operations near McAllen, Texas.
“He wants us to impeach him now,” Stockman theorized, “before the midterm election because his senior advisers believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama believes impeachment could motivate the Democratic Party base to come out and vote.”
Chuck Todd, chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC, went even farther, saying the White House is actually “praying” for impeachment.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Todd criticized House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, R-La., for refusing to rule out a Republican effort to impeach Obama.
Scalise actually made the same point – that Obama’s camp benefits from impeachment talk – on “Fox News Sunday,” but he would not say impeachment is “off the table” for House Republicans.
“The most excited person yesterday was Dan Pfeiffer,” Todd laughed, referring to the White House senior aide who mentioned Republicans impeaching Obama last week, a move some have said was meant to stir up impeachment talk so disheartened Obama supporters would rally to president’s defense and vote Democrat in the 2014 midterm election.
“Steve Scalise is right: The White House is praying for impeachment,” Todd said. “They want this. They see nothing but political upside to this.”