Listening to NPR and watching MSNBC, and occasionally Fox “news” this last week, I am convinced that the 2014 mid-terms will be Obama’s third presidential election.
The teabaggers, who make up the main power block in the modern Republican party, aim to win the Senate and then impeach the President on any grounds they can think up. They have been rather open about this, and they have repeatedly stated this to be their intention to anyone they think might support them. I don’t think, given what I’ve been seeing and hearing, that I am writing hyperbole here. Given the chance, they will remove this president from office by any means available to them. Anyone who lives in a deep red state can tell you that these people are absolutely serious.
The moment they have enough Republicans in the Senate, they’ll introduce and pass articles of impeachment. The standard for conviction by the Senate is
simple majority 2/3rds majority (thanks Roger Moore.) The country cannot count on some mythical moderate Republican in the Senate voting to acquit. And while I think that if they were to do that, they’d lose the middle for a generation, the damage will be done. I’d also say that we can’t afford the distraction. Even the useless House we have today is better than a House trying to impeach for whatever reason.
If there’s a Senate election in your state this year, you need to get directly involved, and if you can spare a dime or two, you need to donate to any endangered Dem and any viable Dem challenger.