I asked the question last October before the 20120 midterms. I wrote at the time:
It’s tempting to join the lefty bloggy circlejerk and say yes. After all, if enough Tea Party Republicans (redundant term) join the House, some of them will surely at least talk about introducing articles of impeachment. But I’m going to predict that’s as far as it would go.
I bring the question up now because Politico is running a story about Michael Burgess’ comments that impeachment “needs to happen” in order to “tie things up” to stop Obama from damaging the country, or something like that.
The story continues:
Burgess, an obstetrician who is in his fifth term as a lawmaker, is the latest House Republican to call for the president’s impeachment. Last month, Iowa Rep. Steve King said Obama “would be impeached” if he allowed the nation to default.
Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said it would be “an impeachable offense” for Obama to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. In April, former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein drafted articles of impeachment in hopes that House Republicans would introduce them.
I’ll stick with my original prediction. However, I will add this. I think there is no way they would try to impeach Obama before the 2012 election; the GOP thinks it might win the old-fashioned way, and would be terrified of throwing the election to him by pulling a stunt like this. However, if Obama is reelected and the House maintains control of the House (neither one of which is guaranteed) the odds of this happening before 2016 would rise considerably. The idea of Obama’s impeachment used to be, as I said, “lefty bloggy circlejerk,” but the Tea Partiers are starting to get more intense about coming up with potential reasons, such as “letting” the credit rating drop. Whether impeachment ever happens or not, our political climate will continue to get worse before it gets better.