Posted by: Rick | Thursday, October 14, 2010

Impeaching Obama

Jonathan Chait writes:

Hear me now and believe me later: If Republicans win and maintain control of the House of Representatives, they are going to impeach President Obama.   They won’t do it right away.  And they won’t succeed in removing Obama.  (You need 67 Senate votes.)  But if Obama wins a second term, the House will vote to impeach him before he leaves office.

Absolutely correct.  Impeachment is inevitable because Tea Baggers, dittoheads and other assorted wingnuts will need something to occupy their angry little minds while the Boehner-McConnell Gang is looting the Treasury to pay off the corporations.  It’s that simple.

American right-wingers, you see, aren’t entirely clueless.  Somewhere in the cobwebby recesses of their primitive lizard brains they know that the Republican Party is — in actuality — their enemy.  They know that another tax cut for Tiger Woods isn’t going to do a damn thing for them.  That’s okay, though — as long as the Party also serves up a heapin’ helpin’ of the political red meat that makes it so much fun to be a Republican foot soldier.

We’ve seen this movie before, and it’s not necessarily bad for our side.  The Clinton impeachment was a disaster for Republicans, and this one will be even worse, for two reasons: first, because they won’t have the media cheering them on this time around; and second, because Republican leaders are going to have an extremely difficult time keeping all the racists and lunatics locked in their cages.  (Do you really think Glenn Beck and Michael Savage are going to want to sit this one out for the good of the team?  Au contraire!  They’ll be making up nasty shit left and right — much to the dismay of Republicans who still want to appear sane.)

The impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama is baked in the Republican cake.  It’s part of a devil’s bargain between corrupt politicians, ruthless oligarchs and angry peons.  But when all is said and done, it’s the Democratic Party that will probably reap the political benefits — just in time for 2012.



  1. I will have to agree with you on this one! Great post!

  2. Like Chait, I think Obama’s impeachment is inevitable. Unlike Chait, I think the Republicans will go for impeachment in 2012, right before the Presidential election. With the weak field of Presidential hopefuls on the GOP side, throwing a spanner in Obama’s reelection campaign with impeachment is a no-brainer.

    I’m not as optimistic as you, unfortunately, about a bad outcome for the GOP. Depending on the state of the economy, Democratic Representatives and Senators could find themselves between party loyalty and constituent rage.

    The frightening thing about an impeachment of Obama is that two successive Democratic presidents will have been impeached on purely political grounds. (Clinton’s impeachment was largely payback for making the GOP look stupid in the government shutdown showdown in ’95.) American democracy could be irrevocably damaged as the GOP pushes the boundaries of acceptable political acts beyond their natural and accepted limits.

    Good article. Gives me hope.

  3. I am not sure about this one. The Republicans in this congress are very ideological but I have not heard anyone in congress bring this up, just Michael Savage. I cannot imagine that they would be so stupid to impeach him on some bullshit charge. They cannot do it for perjury or obstruction of justice. What could they possibly impeach him on?

  4. Jon, the Constitutional standard for impeachment is “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The argument that Democrats made in the late-90s against impeachment was that, yes, lying about sex was a crime, but it didn’t rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The Republicans said, essentially, “No, ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ means what we say it means.”

    Darrell Issa, a Republican Congressman from California, has already said that Obama has committed impeachable offenses, like offering Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania a Pentagon job in lieu of running for the Senate. Some Republican Congressman is bound to offer up articles of impeachment, and it could be on anything. They’ll find something. It may not make sense, but they’ll find something.


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