The conservative victory of November 2 has raised talk across the Internet of something that might have been unthinkable a few months ago. That is the impeachment and removal of Barack Obama as President.
First, a couple of thoughts. I consider the possibility of this happening very unlikely and I am totally committed to seeing a constitutional conservative sworn in as President on January 20, 2013.
There are two parts to this possibility. First is the impeachment of the President. While unlikely, as I believe soon to be House Speaker John Boehner has zero interest in this, an impeachment is a possibility. In order to impeach the President, the House Judiciary Committee must first consider articles of impeachment, which are then sent to the full House. The House may vote for impeachment by a simple majority. This is certainly possible, since the Republicans now control the House.
The impeachment is much like an indictment. It alleges what the President has done wrong. The matter then goes to the Senate where it takes a two-thirds majority to remove the President.
The common wisdom is that is impossible because not only to the Republicans not have two thirds, but also the Democrats actually control the Senate.
The conventional wisdom may be wrong.
An amazing editorial appeared in the pages of the Washington Post today. Top Democratic operatives Douglas Shoen and Patrick Caddell called on Obama to announce immediately he is not running for reelection in 2012. While Obama would never do that voluntarily, the fact that two top Democratic operatives called for this with two years left in his administration means the Democrats have come to a realization. Obama cannot win 2012.
With Obama trailing every major GOP candidate, except Sarah Palin, in the polls, the Democrats are facing the prospect that in 2013, not only will the GOP control the House and the Senate; there will be a Republican in the White House again. If you know anything about liberals, they do not voluntarily give up power. They live for power and for them to be totally shut out of power, for them, is the seventh circle of hell.
If the Republican House were to impeach Obama, would enough Democrats join in the vote to remove him as President? Possibly. If they were convinced he was absolutely doomed in 2012, they might.
But for those who advocate Obama’s impeachment, you have to consider what would happen afterwards. Biden would become President. By the time an impeachment trial could be completed, we would be very close to the 2012 elections. Biden could simply run as President, but denounce everything Obama did. Would it work? Who knows? Four years ago, would anyone have believed Barack Obama would be the Forty Fourth President of the United States?
If Biden did not run for election, then the door would be opened for Hillary Clinton or any other number of Democrats who could separate themselves from the Obama regime’s record and run on their own. If this happened and the Republican Party nominated a liberal, such as Mitt Romney, who at best does not inspire the Tea Party movement or who causes the Tea Party movement to totally bolt from the Republican Party, we could see a new, Democratic President in 2013 and we would see the chance to undo everything that Obama has done go down the drain.
The next two years will be perilous for the country and its citizens. We need to navigate these treacherous waters with care and a lot of thought about what we do.