Jeffrey T. Kuhner writes a piece for the Washington Times in which he proposes impeachment proceedings for President Obama should he sign Obamacare if it is passed using the Slaughter Rule.
The Slaughter Solution is a poisoned chalice. By drinking from it, the Democrats would not only commit political suicide. They would guarantee that any bill signed by Mr. Obama is illegitimate, illegal and blatantly unconstitutional. It would be worse than a strategic blunder; it would be a crime – a moral crime against the American people and a direct abrogation of the Constitution and our very democracy.
It would open Mr. Obama, as well as key congressional leaders such as Mrs. Pelosi, to impeachment. The Slaughter Solution would replace the rule of law with arbitrary one-party rule. It violates the entire basis of our constitutional government – meeting the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” If it’s enacted, Republicans should campaign for the November elections not only on repealing Obamacare, but on removing Mr. Obama and his gang of leftist thugs from office.
My father made a similar argument to this the other day while we were discussing politics. I disagreed. It was the height of lame to hear baseless calls from liberals to impeach Bush at every policy decision he made. It would be just as lame to continuously call for the impeachment of Obama for pushing even highly questionable legislation.
I will say, however, that I would support an impeachment proceeding against Nancy Pelosi should she resort to the Slaughter Rule, and it be deemed unconstitutional. The difference here is that the president is removed from the implementation of the Rule, while Pelosi would be directly responsible for it. At the very least I would be willing to call for her removal as speaker of the House.