Coburn's comments about impeachment came after a questioner asked who was responsible for holding the president accountable to his “constitutional requirements and responsibilities.”
“What you have to do is establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president — and that's called impeachment,” Coburn said. “But that's not something you take lightly, and you have to use a historical precedent of what that means.”
Coburn said he believes the administration has intentionally violated the law, but that it is also guilty of incompetence.
Axelrod said Republicans were playing to a shrinking base of aged, southern evangelicals and trying to disqualify the president rather than debate him.
He noted that Coburn had referred to Obama as a personal friend and said, “Can you imagine how he treats people who aren't his friends?”
Coburn was not available for comment on Friday.