(Originally posted 3-15-10, 6:42pm CDT. Scroll down for an update.)
It's time to dust off the history books and examine the basis for impeachment. Not this instant, but in the event that the House adopts the Slaughter Solution and uses it to enable a bill to be presented to President Obama for signing. Technically, any such bill presented would not be a bill at all. If, in fact, President Obama signs it into law, what could be the consequence?
There have been cases made that Obama could be subject to impeachment now, based on past acts. The problem with that is the fact that the Democrats control both houses of Congress. No impeachment proceedings can gain ground due to partisan positions.
But what of healthcare reform? The public has signaled its displeasure with a government takeover of the U.S. healthcare system on many different levels. Recent polling, Tea Party events, townhall meetings and marches on Washington D.C. have made it very clear that nationalizing healthcare is not supported by public opinion. So what happens if it DOES pass?
The elections of 2010 will determine the path that the voters insist be taken. The elections may not give the Senate Republicans a two-thirds majority, in which case an impeachment conviction is unlikely. But the House could definitely turn to Republican control and enable impeachment proceedings to begin. What will be the political environment should that happen?
Although I think that removing Obama from office is unlikely, anything to slow down or stop his agenda is fine by me.
Update, 3-19-10, 6:00pm CDT
I'm not the only one that thinks impeachment is a possibility. The Washington Times is now suggesting the same thing. You can read about it here.