December 9th, 2008

Impeachment Chickens Home to Roost

by Philip Baruth

Longtime readers will remember that while I opposed the Bush administration with every fiber of my being, I also argued that impeachment was the wrong course of action, practically speaking. Two major concerns prompted that stance: 1) that impeachment was one of the few things that might succeed in rehabilitating Bush’s poll numbers; and 2) the impeachment movement’s claims to speak for the Constitution itself were bound to be appropriated by the Right, if and when. Well, it’s now officially if and when.

Philip Berg, a Pennsylvania lawyer who sued to have Obama’s victory invalidated on the theory that Obama was not a natural-born citizen, held a press conference yesterday afternoon to protest the rebuff of his suit by the Supreme Court. One of the speakers offered the opinion that “Barack Obama is the most notorious criminal in the history of this planet.” You have to imagine that Pol Pot feels openly disrespected, wherever he is now.

Berg himself threatened to call a Constitutional Convention, if the legal establishment doesn’t give him redress. “The people must act as the final arbiters of the Constitution,” he added.

And this is before the Inauguration, mind you.

Expect much, much more of this sort of talk as Obama actually begins to govern. Then we’ll cover the ground between accusations of infanticide and accusations of genocide in a New York minute.