I've been asking for guesses about when the first
impeachment resolution will be filed in the House (leave your prediction
To be fair, Iíve already been wrong about one
thingóI predicted that Michele Bachmann would have introduced a resolution
by now (actually, I predicted April 15). So perhaps
Iím just as much of an alarmist as those Republicans who believed that
Pelosi-led House would impeach George W. Bush
in 2007. Perhaps! But I donít think so. In fact, impeachment talk moved
yesterday from Tea Party rallies to at least
one Republican Member of the House, Darrell Issa. And Issaís not an obscure
backbencher; heís the ranking Republican on Oversight
and Government Reform, and he also sits on the Judiciary Committee.
The incentives all run to impeachment, as far
as I can tell. The leaders of such an effort would find it easy to cash
in (literally, I mean)
with books and appearances on the conservative
lecture circuit. Itís hard to believe that Rush, Beck and the rest of the
be tripping over each other to wear the crown
of the Host Who Brought Down the socialist gangster president.
And weíve seen the ability, or I should say the
lack thereof, of rank-and-file GOP pols to stand up to the talk show yakkers.
Besides, itís not as if a new Republican majority
would have a full agenda of legislative items to pass, and what they did
would face an Obama veto (and most likely death
in the Senate at any rate). Against all that is the collective preference
Republican Party not to have a reputation as
a pack of loons, but that doesnít seem to be much of a constraint in practice.
Of course, also against impeachment is the lack
of a serious offense by the president, but I donít see that as a major
óif offering a job to a potential Senate candidate
is an impeachable offense (and see Jonathan Chait if you think it really
then theyíll have no trouble at all coming up
If Republicans gain control of the House in January,
(not at all likely) Obama will be impeached.
I believe every Democratic presiodent will be
impeached until Democrats start to act like men instead of mice.
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