Of course, the first calls for Obama’s impeachment came from the right even before Inauguration Day. Then followed birtherism, which got attention in the media and support from a number of Republican elected officials, but was quickly dismissed as total insanity. Even Rep. Michele Bachmann now admits that President Obama is legally a citizen.
Now that birtherism is dead, WorldNutDaily has gone back to pushing impeachment, claiming “the groundswell of calls for the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama is growing”:
But has Barack Obama committed an impeachable offense? What exactly constitutes an impeachable offense? Former President Gerald Ford, while serving in the House of Representatives, said an impeachable offense was “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”
Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution reads: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The key phrase here is “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a concept in English common law well-known to our Founding Fathers, but grossly misunderstood in this day and age. “High crimes and misdemeanors” essentially means bad behavior.
So far, so good. It’s true that a public official does not have to literally commit serious criminal offenses, as Bush and Cheney freely admitted doing, to deserve impeachment. But the WorldNut editorial writers can’t cite even one instance of “bad behavior” by President Obama.
As a practical matter, if impeachment was “off the table” for Bush and Cheney, then no subsequent administration has anything to worry about.
UPDATE: Floyd Brown, a prominent player in Republican circles, says “Obamaism” is an impeachable offense. Because he can’t come up with anything that fits the constitutional definition. You have to give him points for originality.