South Dakota wants to impeach President Obama. They’ll have to get in line.

This post has been updated.

Among the many political imperatives identified by the South Dakota Republican Party for 2014 this past weekend was impeaching President Obama for violating "his oath of office in numerous ways." The reasons given for wanting to impeach the president were the newly proposed regulations on power plants from the Environmental Protection Agency and the captive swap that led to Bowe Bergdahl's return. Dr. Allen Unruh sponsored the resolution. He told the Argus Leader that he has a "thick book on impeachable offenses of the president."


This isn't the first time people have suggested impeaching the president. EPA/DENNIS BRACK / POOL

Not everyone at the convention agreed that impeachment was the best way to deal with their disagreements with the president. It's not even the most innovative idea for expressing frustration with Obama either. Behold, an abridged list of other times that politicians, citizens and dogs called for Obama's impeachment. (None of these calls for Obama's impeachment have been successful.)

December 9, 2009: A survey from Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that 35 percent of Republicans want to impeach the president for "his actions so far."

February 21, 2010: An "Impeach Obama" billboard appears in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The following month it was replaced with a sign calling for the removal of all career politicians from office.

July 23, 2010: Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo -- who is currently running in the state's gubernatorial election -- writes an op-ed in the Washington Times calling for Obama's impeachment.

October 2010: The National Campaign for an Impeachment Inquiry starts a direct mail campaign calling for Obama's impeachment. The mailers note that the late Hugo Chavez calls the president "Comrade Obama," and that Obamacare "builds an enormousness Soviet-style bureaucratic government administrative apparatus."

May 2010: Rep. Joe Sestak -- who was running against incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania -- said the Obama administration offered him a job to keep him out of the race. California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa pushed for investigations into the matter, and said it could be Obama's Watergate.

July 6, 2011: The Americans for Legal Immigration PAC starts the Facebook page "Impeach Obama." The page currently has 203,000 likes. It mainly discusses how Obama is a dictator.

 

 

ALIPAC also has a petition collecting signatures for those who wish to see Obama impeached. It is not the only website calling for Obama's impeachment.

July 6, 2011: Republican Rep. Tim Scott tells constituents in Summerville, South Carolina, that Obama should not try to raise the debt ceiling by using the 14th Amendment. "This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective. There are a lot of things people say, 'Are you going to impeach the president over that?' — No. But this? This is catastrophic."

August 9, 2011: Texas Rep. Michael Burgess tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that impeaching Obama “needs to happen" in order to stop his agenda. "I agree with you it would tie things up."

April 4, 2012: A conservative blogger lists 306 articles of impeachment against Obama. His offenses include the "open mic gaffe" with former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, being an usurper and being born in Kenya. The post has been updated many times.

June 26, 2012: Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl discusses impeaching Obama over immigration on a local radio show. "Now if it’s bad enough and if shenanigans involved in it, then of course impeachment is always a possibility. But I don’t think at this point anybody is talking about that."

November 7, 2012: GOP lobbyist Ed Rogers says, “We’re probably one e-mail away from Benghazi being an impeachable offense for much of our party. I think that’s nuts, but that’s where we are right now.”

January 15, 2013: Texas Rep. Steve Stockman is unhappy with the White House's plans to use executive actions to implement new gun policy. "I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment." It is not the last time Stockman will threaten impeachment.

May 15, 2013: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks to Wolf Blitzer about Benghazi and impeachment. "It's not the endgame; it's not what we're playing for. I was simply asked, is that within the realm of possibilities, and I would say 'yes.' I'm not willing to take that off the table. But that's certainly not what we're striving for."

June 2013: James Neighbors starts the group Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment. The group stands on overpasses across the United States, holding signs documenting Obama's offenses and hoping for honks of agreement from their fellow Americans. Neighbors told New York Magazine that “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi" was the main purpose for heading to the highways. “I hope people go home and they look up Benghazi [after seeing it on a sign]. I hope they feel rage, and I hope they want to do something."

August 12, 2013: Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold said at an event that the Senate was the reason Obama wasn't impeached yet. “You tie into a question I get a lot: ‘If everyone’s so unhappy with the president’s done, why don’t you impeach him?’ I’ll give you a real frank answer about that: If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted.” (We've written how you actually wouldn't get the votes.)

August 21, 2013: Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio tells a constituent during an event in Michigan that he would love to sponsor the House bill calling for Obama's impeachment. “You know if I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true."

August 22, 2013: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says he was watching whether the president was committing impeachable offenses. "I'm documenting all this as it goes along. I don't know where that level is – I'm kind of like the lady in the back. I'm fed up. I'm frustrated. I'm happy to raise an issue at every point." He also called Obama a "personal friend."

August 25, 2013: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he wishes Republicans would stop talking about impeachment. “The reality is I didn’t like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush, calling to question his election. I don't think we should be doing that to President Obama."

September 17, 2013: Glenn Beck calls for impeaching Obama and Arizona Sen. John McCain -- the two men who fought for the presidency in 2008. “I personally am calling to impeach the President of the United States. This is impeachable. He is arming known terrorists, and people like John McCain should be impeached as well.”

December 3, 2013: The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing called, “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.”

February 17, 2014: The American Spectator publishes an article with the headline, "OF COURSE HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED."

February 27, 2014: A campaign representative for Democratic senate candidate Kesha Rogers -- who made her support for impeaching Obama part of her failed Texas campaign -- tells a reporter for the Baylor University student paper, “We don’t want to impeach Obama for those mainstream racial bull—- reasons. He’s in the way of us rebuilding the country.”

June 3, 2014: National Review writer Andrew McCarthy's book "Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment" is published.

June 4, 2014: Former Florida Rep. Allen West writes an op-ed on the Washington Post website calling for Obama to be impeached.

June 4, 2014: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham discusses the Bergdahl swap, and brings up impeachment. “It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash. There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.”

June 16, 2014: Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta tells a local radio host, “He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws, and ignoring the checks and balances. The problem is, you know, what do you do? For those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws. Could that pass in the House? It probably, it probably could. Is the majority the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure.”

Correction: This post previously said that Tom Tancredo was a previous Colorado governor. He is currently running in the state's gubernatorial race, and is a former Colorado representative.

 

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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