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Two Famous Doctors Have Accused Obama of Psychopathological Behavior

Okay, they’re both Republicans. And one of them is running for president, probably. But come on, play along here.

Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer Tuesday said President Obama’s contention that Scott Walker needs to learn about foreign policy was borderline pathological, given the vast mess the president has made of the world.

Krauthammer, who is a psychiatrist, spoke on Fox:

I mean, we all know that Obama is a narcissist, but this is sort of bordering on the pathological. Given the wreckage that he has left America’s foreign policy in across the world, and I could go through the list of countries but it would take up the whole segment from all the way from Mali to what’s happening in Iran and Iraq and Syria right now. For him to be condescending to anybody on how to conduct foreign policy is quite remarkable.

Well, you do have to wonder a little bit about the reality testing of someone who thinks they’ve mastered a subject they seem to be flunking with gusto.

Meantime, a couple of weeks ago, when told Obama looks elegant and clean, Dr. Ben Carson pronounced: “Like most psychopaths. That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.”

Carson’s not a psychiatrist, but he is a neurosurgeon. He’s seen a lot of brains. Presumably, he knows what they’re thinking.

Okay, that doesn’t make any sense. But still, he’s a doctor.

Krauthammer Sounds the Alarm on the Iran Deal

In just over a minute, Charles Krauthammer summarizes much of what’s wrong with the Iran deal.

From his comments last night on Bret Baier’s show:

In a decade, Iran can essentially become a legitimate nuclear power . . . This will mean a lifting of the sanctions, so Iran will be with a very strong economy, undeterred, nothing in any way holding it back; it’s simply catastrophic . . . It is an unbelievably bad deal. It makes the Cuba deal look like a really good bargain.

Have a look.

Krauthammer Goes There

Columnist Charles Krauthammer Thursday said if President Obama issues an executive order allowing amnesty for millions without the concurrence of Congress, he will have committed an impeachable offense.

This is significant because Krauthammer is viewed with respect on both sides of the aisle and seen as a commentator who makes considered judgments.

His statement will get some Republicans who have not seriously considered impeachment thinking about it. And it will help provide other Republicans who have thought about it with the intellectual cover they need to begin pushing for impeachment proceedings.

Krauthammer spoke on Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s show. In his remarks, his comment about “prosecutorial discretion” refers to the mechanism by which Obama will achieve the amnesty – simply not prosecuting those who are here illegally.

I would note also that Krauthammer is a little careful here. He doesn’t exactly say Obama should be impeached. But he does say it would be “an impeachable offense.”

From his remarks:

I believe it is an impeachable offense. This idea of prosecutorial discretion is really a travesty. It is intended for extreme cases. for a case where you want to show mercy for individual or two where it’s unusual incident unusual circumstances and you say, okay, we’re going to give this person a pass. it was never intended to abolish a whole class of people subject to a law and to essentially abolish whole sections of a law.

That’s the way the system is in Venezuela. If the the caudillo isn’t able to get stuff done through congress, he issues a decree and that’s it, and he’ll arrest anybody who gets in the way,” Krauthammer said. The whole American system is designed that it has to be a collaboration between the Congress and the president. Congress has to pass it, he has to sign it. That’s the way the damn thing works.

Krauthammer: Legalization an Impeachable Offense

Columnist Charles Krauthammer said that a unilateral move by President Obama to legalize millions of illegal immigrants would be an impeachable offense, but he cautioned that impeachment proceedings would be “political suicide” for Republicans.

Krauthammer appeared on Fox News with Bret Baier Tuesday night:

If he were to do something like legalize five — let’s say half, which is what’s been talked about — huge numbers of illegal immigrants, to do it by executive order — which would be clearly lawless, and it would be the biggest overreach of a president in memory — it would be an impeachable offense.

I would be 100 percent against impeachment because it’s political suicide. But it really would be the basis for that.

Krauthammer: “This is Stuff You do in a Banana Republic”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer spoke last night on Bret Baier’s Fox News show about the breakdown of Constitutional order:

BRET BAIER: But people looking at Washington from the outside they see this — that this is always how it is. That it is always about the next election and figuring out how best to position whatever legislation until you get past the next election and then something gets through.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Generally speaking, you get past the next election by changing your policies, by announcing new initiatives, but not by wantonly changing the law lawlessly. This is stuff that you do in a banana republic. It’s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants and any provision.

It’s now reached a point where it is so endemic that nobody even notices or complains. I think if the complaints had started with the first arbitrary changes, and these are are not adjustments or transitions. These are political decisions to minimize the impact leading up to an election, and it’s changing the law in a way that you are not allowed to do.

RON FOURNIER: I didn’t believe this is lawless. I certainly don’t believe we are in a banana republic, but I do think this is why the president’s approval ratings are below 40%, why only 12% of public has faith in Congress and why less than 20% of the public has any faith in government. This is incompetence at the very least —

KRAUTHAMMER: It’s not incompetence.

FOURNIER: — that really turns the public off.

KRAUTHAMMER: It’s not incompetence, it’s willful breaking of the constitutional order. Where in the constitution is a president allowed to alter a law 27 times after it’s been passed?

FOURNIER: I think they would argue, and I’m not a constitutional attorney and certainly don’t hold a doctorate, but I think they would argue this is a tax which is ironic — they are arguing now it’s a tax — and under a tax the Treasury Secretary has wide authority to be able to bend regulations.

Fournier complains this morning in a piece for National Journal that, “I’m getting sick of defending Obamacare.” Yes, he must be.

H/T to Real Clear Politics.