Some time in the next few months, the members of the just-elected House Republican caucus will meet to decide a question: what should they charge Obama with when they impeach him? Because this is the logical next step in the Republican thought process. They've learned that their attempt to demonize Obama as unAmerican was unsuccessful, or at least not successful enough to cost Obama a second term. As we learned during the Clinton administration, impeachment is the next step. So, what will they charge him with?
The current favorite wingnut conspiracy theory says that Obama did something-or-other-that-was-scandalous involving the Libyan militia attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and there are currently two groups of crazy House Republicans "investigating" it. Right now, this looks like the best bet for an impeachment hearing.
Of course, there's also Solyndra Energy, a company that manufactured solar power panels that got a $535 million loan from the Department of Energy in 2009, then went bankrupt a year and a half later. The GOP spent a couple of weeks in September 2011 trying to turn this into a scandal, but at the time it didn't gain any traction. If the Benghazi attack investigations don't go anywhere, the GOP might try to revive this old nontroversy as a reason to impeach the President.
And of course, there's always one of the old Birther conspiracy theories available if nothing else will do. Or maybe the GOP will manufacture a completely new scandal for impeachment purposes.
So at long last, the Johnny Pez blog is taking advantage of Blogger's poll widget, and the question for our hypothetical blogging audience is: what will the House Republicans charge Obama with when they vote to impeach him? The poll is over on the right sidebar just below my iconic basenji, and voting will remain open until A) House Republicans actually hold their impeachment vote, or B) Obama leaves the White House. If the GOP manufactures a new scandal in the meantime, the poll questions will change to reflect the fact.
UPDATE: an end-of-the-month update on the state of the poll is here.
UPDATE 2: an end-of-the-year update with extra added Benghazi is here.