Who wants to impeach President Obama? A visual scorecard.


Mike Huckabee, right, poses for a picture with musician Mitch Smith in Iowa in 2008, back when the former Arkansas governor was running for the Republican presidential nomination. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

It's very possible -- nay, very likely -- that no articles of impeachment against President Obama will make it to the floor of the House. It is also the case that Democrats have used chatter about impeachment (often chatter emanating from their own jaws) to raise money from supporters.

However, it is also the case that Republicans at various levels of significance have brought up and continue to bring up their interest in making impeachment happen. With that in mind, we created the following chart (which we plan to update as needed) articulating specifically which members of Congress, future members of Congress, or likely candidates for the presidency in 2016 stand where on the topic.

There are four categories of thought on the subject, articulated here from least-to-most-supportive of impeaching the president.

  1. Obama should not be impeached
  2. Wishy-washy, leveraging a lot of maybes and ifs and well-I-thinks
  3. Support impeachment, but recognize that it wouldn't actually work
  4. Support impeachment, full stop

An example, from the day's news:

In an appearance on a radio talk show hosted by Steve Deace on Monday, Mike Huckabee -- a potential 2016 candidate -- stated flatly that Obama has "done plenty of things worthy of impeachment," but that Republicans "don't have the Senate" and so it "would never even get to the floor." Which puts Huckabee in Category 3.

See how it works? We've added a helpful icon to help you navigate the options. Again: As needed we'll update this. If you want to see our evidence for our assessment, just click the Obama icon next to each politician's name.

Who Why do we care? 1. Opposes 2. Wishy-washy 3. Supports, but 4. Supports
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) 2016
cat2
Mike Huckabee 2016
cat3
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) 2016
cat1
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 2016
cat1
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) 2016
cat1
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) 2016
cat1
Rep. Michele Bachmann* (R-Minn.) Member of Congress
cat4
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) Member of Congress
cat3
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Member of Congress
cat1
Rep. Paul Broun* (R-Ga.) Member of Congress
cat4
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) Member of Congress
cat3
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) Member of Congress
cat1
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Member of Congress
cat2
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Member of Congress
cat2
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) Member of Congress
cat4
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) Member of Congress
cat2
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) Member of Congress
cat2
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Member of Congress
cat1
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) Member of Congress
cat2
Rep. Steve Stockman* (R-Tex.) Member of Congress
cat3
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.) Member of Congress
cat4
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) Member of Congress
cat4
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) Senate candidate
cat2
Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) Congressional candidate
cat3
Joe Miller (R-Alaska) Congressional candidate
cat4

* - Leaving office in 2015.

Image credits: Associated Press, except the "opposes" face, which is from Reuters.

Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He previously wrote for The Wire, the news blog of The Atlantic magazine. He has contributed to The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Daily, and the Huffington Post. Philip is based in New York City.
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