Whether this man has committed enough offenses is about the last consideration in deciding whether to impeach him. Andy McCarthy, an accomplished former federal prosecutor, has written a book which categorizes the many serious abuses of power and violations of the Constitution Mr. Obama has engaged in. There are so many that only a fraction of them would be enough to make up a bill of impeachment. This may well be the most lawless administration in our history--Mr. Nixon's pales in comparison.
Mr. Obama is no longer very popular. Still, the biggest problem with impeachment is making the case persuasively enough that most people agree it was a fair thing to do. If there's not enough political support, people are likely to see the targeted President as the victim of a hatchet job, and take their revenge on his persecutors at the polls. In the House, there is already far more than the simple majority needed to impeach. McCarthy argues that what's more important is support in the Senate.
The two-thirds Senate majority needed to convict and remove an impeached President has never been achieved, although Andrew Johnson survived by only a single vote. Even so, the closer to 67 votes there are, the more Congress seems to be speaking with one voice, and the greater political cover for a vote in the House to impeach. That makes the size of the recent Republican gain important. It now stands at eight, and if a Republican is elected in Louisiana next month, it will be nine. That is bigger than even the most optimistic Republicans expected, and it makes impeachment more plausible than before.