It's two months after National Impeach Obama week, and the president is still the president. It could be because two-thirds of the country are against impeachment, according to a July CNN poll. Or, if you're a member of a small but vocal group of activists, it could be simply because Republicans have to win the Senate first.
The Washington Post currently predicts that Republicans will likely take control of the Senate after Tuesday's midterms, with a slim majority.
However, impeachment is extremely unlikely to follow a January turnover -- we've previously noted just how few members of Congress actually, without caveats, support impeachment coming into the midterms. There are many, many reasons for Obama's political opponents to hesitate when it comes to impeachment (see: its widespread unpopularity, the 2016 elections, etc.), and few reasons to support it.
But as it has in the past, talk of impeachment could, briefly, creep back into the mix -- especially if Republicans have unified control of the 114th Congress. Here are some of the people who, if not true believers that impeachment is coming, have raised the specter in the lead-up to Election day.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
In a Progressive Change Campaign Committee fundraising email sent late in October, the current Senate Majority Leader warned that "a Republican House and Senate could go beyond shutting down the government — they could waste months of our lives on impeachment," adding that a Republican Senate would “hold our government hostage in order to pressure President Obama to swallow right-wing policies."
Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst (kind of)
"Whether that’s removal from office, whether that’s impeachment," Senate candidate Ernst said in January, President Obama should face consequences for his executive actions. Ernst added that the president has "become a dictator," in the video provided to Yahoo News.
Notably, Ernst walked back her remarks soon after they were made public in July: "To be clear, I have not seen any evidence that the president should be impeached," she told the Hill, adding, "I obviously do not believe the president is a dictator, but his repeated use of unilateral action sure makes him look like one."
Color of Change
The civil rights organization distributed midterm flyers in Arkansas, which read "Republicans are targeting our kids, silencing our voices and even trying to impeach our president.” With the caveat that a lot of conservative Republicans have talked about impeachment in recent weeks, Politifact ended up rating the group's claim "mostly false."
Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo has some ideas about what a Republican Congress should do, should it get a majority in both houses. That idea: impeach the president, of course. "The well-understood way to block the president from implementing his giant amnesty plan," Tancredo writes at World Net Daily, "an unconstitutional action that he has arrogantly advertised in advance, is to impeach the president."
"If Republicans capture the majority in the U.S. Senate as now appears almost certain," he writes, Republicans should find the "courage to follow the Constitution and impeach the man.”
Texas Reps. Randy Weber and Joe Barton
Reps. Weber and Barton teased the idea of post-midterm impeachment during a July Heritage Foundation panel. "I don't think it's practical that we impeach him right now, but he definitely deserves it," Weber said at the time, referring to the current majority of Democrats in the Senate. Barton added, "If you're going to impeach a president of the United States, you need to do it right."
Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant
In August, Rep Marchant warned that Democrats would fundraise (see above) off of impeachment proceedings if they began before the midterms, adding that Republicans should “proceed on that question" after November.
Judge Andrew Napolitano
The Fox News legal analyst has been pushing impeachment for a long span of 2014. He repeated the idea in late October, saying that “If the Republicans take the Senate, you’ll see the ‘I’ word – impeachment – be banded about," while criticizing the president's immigration policy. He added, "Whether they want to do it, whether they think it harms them in 2016 is a political judgment. But it would be a profound reason to discuss it because when the president discusses his discretion about how to enforce the law in such a way that it is the opposite of what the law was intended to do, then he has violated his oath to uphold the law and is a candidate for impeachment."