While President Obama’s trading of a lifetime judicial appointment in exchange for a vote in favor of ObamaCare doesn’t quite rise to the level of an impeachable offense at a minimum it is an example of legislative horse-trading at its most obnoxious.
On cue President Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs called the allegation that the nomination was a kind of bribe in exchange for a vote in favor of ObamaCare “very silly.”
Of course no one who understands how Washington works believes Gibbs. It is patently obvious that the offer of a lifetime judicial appointment to the brother of healthcare holdout Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) –who previously voted against ObamaCare– is a quid pro quo.
Only left-wing lapdogs and shills such as George Soros’s Media Matters for America would dare to argue otherwise. In fact Media Matters does argue that the nomination of Scott Matheson to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is completely above-board.
Predictable and tiresome.
One can make the argument that chief executives have been been impeached for less.
Rod Blagojevich was impeached and subsequently removed as Illinois governor after being accused of attempting to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he became president of the United States.
Bill Clinton was impeached (but not convicted and removed from office) for abusing the powers of his office by interfering with the administration of justice in order to avoid a civil suit, among other things.
Certainly the nationalization of one-sixth of the U.S. economy would have a far more detrimental impact on the nation than having one bought-and-paid-for U.S. senator or allowing Clinton to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Obama, Blagojevich, and Clinton all clearly abused their powers but Obama doesn’t stand to gain personally from having healthcare deform passed.
As sleazy and steeped in the Chicago way as President Obama may be, he probably could not be impeached for selling a judicial appointment in exchange for a vote because he’s not getting a bag of cash or a yacht for it.
But that doesn’t mean we have to like his behavior.