This is true for as long as I can remember. Well, almost.
I don't remember Eisenhower (president when I was born) or much about Kennedy. And I don't recall any "Impeach Johnson" movement. But, there was an "Impeach Nixon" movement. It went so far as to go to committee in the House of Representatives.
Some crazies called for the impeachment of Gerald Ford, following the Nixon pardon, but it was just crazy talk. Some crazy talk about Carter (particularly following the botched Iran hostage rescue attempt). Then, the crazies kicked it up when Reagan took office. Same with Bush the Elder.
Of course, Clinton was impeached, but acquitted.
And how can we forget the Impeach Bush movement. There are still some wanting him impeached. Told you they were nuts.
Now, there's an Impeach Obama movement. Google it; you'll get 2,210,000 results. At Bing, not as many, but still 217,000 results.
Let me state right now, in case you somehow missed it over the last several months, I think that Barack Obama is an incompetent oaf. He's not qualified to work the cash register at Hardee's, much less occupy the Oval Office. But impeach him?
Consider what would happen.
On the upside, we'd be rid of him. That's a pretty big upside.
The downside? Who's next in line? That's right, Joe Biden. For crying out loud, no rational person would want him in the White House.
So, could they both be removed from office at one time?
Look what happens then: the Speaker of the House assumes the presidency. That's Nancy Pelosi! Again, no rational person would want that.
Who's next? The President pro tempore of the Senate, Robert Byrd.
Okay, it's a mass impeachment then. It removes the president, vice-president, Speaker of the House, and the President pro tempore of the Senate. Who assumes the presidency then? The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Next? Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner.
- Secretary of Defense: Robert Gates
- Attorney General: Eric Holder
- Secretary of the Interior: Ken Salazar
- Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
- Secretary of Commerce: Gary Locke
- Secretary of Labor: Hilda Solis
- Secretary of Health and Human Services: Kathleen Sebelius
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Shaun Donovan
- Secretary of Transportation: Ray LaHood
- Secretary of Energy: Steven Chu
- Secretary of Education: Arne Duncan
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Eric Shinseki
- Secretary of Homeland Security: Janet Napolitano
See what I mean? Remove one, another takes over. Okay, maybe Gates isn't that bad. But the only other Republican, LaHood, ain't no prize.
Nothing. We're screwed.
Until the 2012 election.
Unless we screw around like we did in 2008 and get our asses handed to us. Think about that next time you decide to bad-mouth a conservative.
Except for Ron Paul. You can bad-mouth him. He's nuts. And so are his supporters.