President Obama’s impeachment threat by Republicans is being taken very seriously by at least some in the White House, including top Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Obama’s scandals have made the idea of impeaching Obama more popular with Americans in comparison to when the same was said about George W. Bush:
“An amazing 33 percent felt Obama’s impeachment should occur while 65 percent don’t feel that way and one percent had no opinion. When it came to Boehner’s lawsuit, the numbers were similar, with 41 percent saying it should be filed. As might be expected, only 13 percent of Democrats feel Congress should impeach Obama, while 57 percent of Republicans support the idea.”
It was not that long ago that Obama used to brush off the idea that Congress would actually serve up articles of impeachment. But now Mr. Pfeiffer has told the Christian Science Monitor that the White House is taking the threat much more seriously:
“I think a lot of people in this town laugh that off. I would not discount that possibility. I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some in the future.”
Some political pundits believe the only thing holding back the GOP is the Democratic majority in the Senate. The way the law works in regards to impeaching, a sitting President requires the House to serve up the documents and then the Senate must enforce them. This separation of powers prevents one branch of Congress from taking too much power.
If the House managed to impeach Obama like it did with Bill Clinton, then today’s Senate is highly unlikely to cooperate. The only way Obama’s impeachment could proceed is if the GOP take the majority in the Senate after the 2014 mid-term elections, but even Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner opposes Obama’s impeachment despite pushing for a lawsuit over Obama’s usage of Presidential executive orders.
There is also the idea that Americans would look down upon any party which attempts to impeach a sitting President, although Pfeiffer dismisses the idea that Democrats could benefit from an attempt at impeaching Obama:
“I think impeachment is a very serious thing that has been bandied about by the recent Republican vice presidential nominee and others in a very unserious way. And no one has even made any allegation of anything that would be within six universes from what is generally considered in that space.”
Do you think Republicans will try to impeach Obama if the GOP wins both sides of Congress in the 2014 mid-term elections?