Will President Barack Obama be impeached as some political pundits suggest? Wednesday, Republican Senator Tom Coburn suggested that the Democratic president is “getting perilously close” to the congressional standard of impeachment, citing an August 22 BuzzFeed news report.
With ongoing controversy surrounding the NSA spying scandal, Obamacare, the Benghazi debacle, sequestration, the brewing crisis in Egypt and Syria, among other things, it’s no surprise President Obama is under fire from the GOP establishment.
Sen. Coburn, who describes the president as a “friend,” said this to a small gathering at Oklahoma’s Muskogee Convention Center:
“What you have to do is you have to establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president, and that’s called impeachment. That’s not something you take lightly, and you have to use a historical precedent of what that means. I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration, but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence, of people who are making decisions,” the senator said about holding the president accountable for mounting missteps during two terms in office.
However, talk about a Barack Obama impeachment is changing the political landscape in Washington and reinforces the widening partisan gap and apathy the president faces in his second term.
It’s a lofty goal; only two presidents have ever been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. However, they both were acquitted and saved from removal of office.
According to The History Place, a president can be impeached by the House of Representatives by a simple majority of those present to vote. However, in order for removal from office, the Senate vote must end in a two-thirds majority.
The angst against the president and his ideologies are no more apparent than with statements made by another Republican lawmaker.
“If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true. I stood 12 feet away from the guy and listened to him. I couldn’t stand being there, but because he is president I have to respect the office. That’s my job, as a congressman, I respect the office,” said Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio during a town-hall meeting.
However, even the Michigan lawmaker, who is not shy about going on record as having a strong dislike of the president, knows that impeaching Obama is tantamount to hitting the lottery, citing a report by The Hill .
“Until we have evidence, you’re going to become a laughing stock if you’ve submitted the bill to impeach the president because, No. 1, you’ve got to convince the press. There are some people out there no matter what Obama does, he’s still the greatest president they’ve ever had. That’s what you’re fighting,” Bentivolio added, sharing the advice of his counsel.
According to today’s Rasmussen “Daily Presidential Tracking Poll,” 54 percent of voters disapprove of Obama’s job performance. That’s down from his high of 65 percent in 2009.
Part of this is likely due to the media’s ongoing coverage of hot button issues that are piquing the interests of Americans. More than likely, Republicans will use this as talking points ahead of the 2016 elections against Democrats.
It’s nothing out of the unusual for an outgoing president’s record to be front and center during debates and town hall meetings. However, talk of a Barack Obama impeachment; no matter how tall the order is a bit unusual and could come back to haunt the GOP should a backlash occur.
Nonetheless, it’s apparent that over 20 percent of Americans have lost confidence and perhaps, trust in the current administration.