Like the ratchetness that it is, there are now four opposing sides to the spasmodic debate over whether or not to impeach President Barack Obama. One side wants him out, the other hangs in there with him. Another side claims a recent lawsuit filed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) can actually save the president, the other side not so confident Boehner can actually keep his caucus from pushing the impeachment pendulum further.
Each side is interwoven into the side beside it, the following argument outmaneuvering or outplaying the other. It’s not just one faction of severely reddened right-wing fanatics who can’t wait the next two years before the president’s last term is up, but it’s now an overwhelming majority of Republicans who want him forced out. Opposed to that option are the nearly three-quarters of Americans who are willing to hang in there with them. The details or the reasons behind these bellicose calls for Obama’s impeachment don’t really matter as much as the politics surrounding it.
As soon as Sarah Palin yelled it, impeachment polls – predictably – are sprouting up like weeds (speaking volumes to the repugnant, carnival-like value her media brand still holds). YouGov shows a solid 32% of Americans wants to impeach Obama, just shy of the 34% that wanted to do the same to President Bush in a 2007 American Research Group poll:
Also expected is the exceedingly high number of Republicans – nearly 70% – that believe future impeachment of Obama is justified: