The Latest Idea From the National Review Brain Trust: Stop Hillary by Impeaching Her Now
Here’s today’s measure of the derangement that has the conservative movement in a death grip, as National Review “intellectual” Andrew McCarthy tries to argue that Hillary Clinton should be impeached before she’s even elected.
The Constitution does not limit impeachment to incumbent officials. Article I endows the House of Representatives with the “sole Power of Impeachment” — i.e., the power to file articles of impeachment. It further empowers the Senate with “the sole Power to try all Impeachments.” Significantly, in prescribing the standard for conviction in the Senate, Article I, Section 3 states that “no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present” (emphasis added).
Note carefully: The Constitution does not say the impeached person must be a current officeholder. As we shall see, that makes perfect sense: The point of impeachment is to deny power to any person — not necessarily an incumbent official — whose high crimes and misdemeanors have demonstrated unfitness for a high public trust.
One thing conservatives are great at: coming up with hare-brained schemes to nullify the voters of the Democratic Party. With Barack Obama they tried to do it by spreading conspiracy theories that he wasn’t even a US citizen. But this new concept of impeaching the Democratic nominee before she’s even elected — well, that wins our Right Wing Derangement Prize of the Day.