Thursday, October 14, 2010

Of Course They Will

Jonathan Chait in The New Republic:

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.

Wait, you say. What will they impeach him over? You can always find something. Mini-scandals break out regularly in Washington. Last spring, the political press erupted in a frenzy over the news that the White House had floated a potential job to prospective Senate candidate Joe Sestak. On a scale of one to 100, with one representing presidential jaywalking and 100 representing Watergate, the Sestak job offer probably rated about a 1.5. Yet it was enough that GOP Representative Darrell Issa called the incident an impeachable offense.

There’s Tim Walberg, a former Congressman in Michigan running for office again, who claims they’ll get him on the birther thing. Michele Bachmann will come up with some crazy claim about FEMA camps. You name it, they’ll come up with it.

This isn’t anything new, and it fits into the GOP mindset: no one else should be president but a Republican, and if they can’t win an election outright, they’ll impeach the guy the voters foolishly fell for. It’s no different than the Taliban shooting up the voting booths at during the elections in Afghanistan without using up all the ammo.