The Democratic case for Impeachment

With each new extra-constitutional action taken by President Obama (they’re slowly becoming too numerous to count) a chorus of impeachment talk inevitably rises then just as inevitably fades. Conventional wisdom is that hardline establishment Republicans or Tea Party-backed hyper-partisans would be the ones to lead the impeachment charge. But in this case, conventional wisdom is flawed. The ones who ought to be doing any and everything within their power to impeach and remove this president are our nation’s Democrats!

Barack Obama is doing damage to the Democrat Party that, while not irreparable, may well take decades if not longer to recover from. Not just on Capitol Hill -- from Canada to Mexico, Atlantic to Pacific, governor’s mansions to local school boards Obama is obliterating Democrats everywhere. He’s fortifying red state strongholds, turning purple states red, and even toppling Democrat seats in solidly blue states. Republicans should almost lament the 22nd Amendment. With another term in office Obama could well deliver the governorships of California and New York to go along with the gifts of Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts he just airmailed them in November.

Seems that many American voters, Democrats in particular, are in love with the idea of Obama but not in love with Obama’s ideas. The notion of casting their ballots for a young, good-looking, articulate, black-American struck the right nerve for millions of voters. But his obsessive desires to fundamentally change America into debt-laden, socialist utopia for bisexual transgender unionized illegals do not.

No poll showing a plurality of voters in favor of his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, can be found. Nor can one be found for granting amnesty to millions of illegals, adding trillions of dollars of new debt, weakening our military, forcing Common Core upon the states, expanding the IRS, increasing energy costs, nor a myriad of other “nation changing” actions he’s taken while in office or promised to take before leaving.

As the president himself said prior to the last elections, he was not personally on the ballot but his policies were. Americans are not just rejecting his policies they’re hopping mad over them. Since Obama wasn’t on the ballot voters are taking that anger out on the next best thing: anyone with a “D” after their name.

Obama’s first mid-term election in 2010 was nothing short of disastrous for the Democrat Party. The Tea Party wave swept oodles of Democrats out of office. The Democratic Party suffered massive defeats in both national and state level elections; some of the biggest losses by one political party since the Great Depression.

At the federal level the Republican Party gained 63 seats in the House, thus recapturing the majority and making it the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since 1938. Republicans gained 6 seats in the Senate. As impressive as those gains were, state legislative results far outpaced D.C. Republicans gained 680 seats in state legislative races! The previous record pickup was 628 set by Democrats in the post-Watergate elections of 1974. The 2010 midterms left Republicans in control of 26 state legislatures and dropped Democrats to controlling just 15 of 50. Republicans took 11 governorships from the Democrats (Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) in 2010. The 2010 midterm also resulted in a Republican sleeping in 29 of our 50 state governor’s mansions.

To further highlight the degree of beatdown that 2010 was, 54 incumbents lost re-election bids that year, of that 54, 52 were Democrats. Just two Republicans lost their re-election races. Fourteen open seats that were held by Democrats were won by Republicans, only one open seat held by a Republican was won by a Democrat.

The next elections (2012) were basically a push. Obama won the presidential election with 51% of popular vote. Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the American people but a victory nevertheless. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats recovered one of the seats lost in 2010. Democrats held their majority in the Senate Republicans held theirs in the House. Democrats lost one governorship, Republicans gained one.

Then came November 4, 2014. Up for grabs; all 435 House seats 36 of 100 Senate seats, 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures. Though it didn’t seem possible, Democrat defeats in 2010 were dwarfed. Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2006, increased their already commanding majority in the House and gained two more governorships.

The 2014 elections resulted in the largest Republican majority in nearly a century -- 54 seats in the Senate, 247 in the House, 31 governorships, and 68 state legislative chambers. Republicans gained their largest majority in the United States Congress and  the largest majority of state legislatures since 1928. Of the 36 Senate races, the Republican Party won 24, the Democratic Party won 12. Things at the governor’s level were even worse. Elections were held for the governorships of 36 of the 50 U.S. states. Republicans won 24. 

As brutal as the 2014 governor’s elections were for Democrats, state legislature elections were worse still. A total of 6049 seats were up for election, fully 82% of the total number of state legislative seats in the USA. When the post-election dust finally settled, the number of Republican-controlled state senates and assemblies sat at 68, the highest number of state legislatures in Republican hands since 1928. The smallest number in Democrat control since 1860.

The severity of the pounding Democrats took in 2014 is almost impossible to understate. In a prize fight between Obama’s policies and the Great Depression, the Depression just barely eaked out a split decision. From coast-to-coast dozens and dozens and dozens of Democrat (formerly) elected officials have been relegated to the scrap heap as Americans have soundly rejected the agenda of this president. He is the worst thing to happen to the Democrat Party in nearly a century and has done for the Republican Party what it could only fantasize about doing for itself.

But this president is so singularly focused on bringing about his vision for America, his version of the ‘fundamental transformation’ he believes the nation in need of, that he soldiers on, as often as not alone, pushing a radically far-left agenda harder with each passing day. If he cannot get congressional buyin (aka: the American people’s buyin) he goes the executive order route, forcing through wildly unpopular changes that Americans do not want and forcing elected Democrats to walk a very tight rope – stand by their man on the one hand; realizing that standing by my man may cost me my job on the other.  Democrats should want this president gone more than they want their next breath of air.

As (yet another former) Senator Mary Landrieu prophetically quipped in 2013, “If they [voters] don’t like it [ObamaCare], they can unelect us.” How true it is. Half of the senators who voted for ObamaCare are no longer in the U.S. Senate and a good portion of those who are have yet to face voters since casting their votes for the ACA back in 2010. Their comeuppance is coming in 2016 when, after another two years of Obama continuing to govern against the will of the people, even more Democrats are likely to fall. If the next two years of this presidency resemble the first six, Republicans will extend their majorities from Boston to San Diego.

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