On Tuesday, an overwhelming tide of votes swept the Republican party into control of both chambers of the United States Congress. A gain of at least seven seats (with three races still undecided) in the Senate as well as a 14 seat gain (pending 14 still undecided races) in the U.S House which bolstered their majority made it a stellar night for Republicans. Many factors contributed to this outcome, demographics, the strength of individual candidates campaigns, et al. However, the most important factor, the one atop most voters minds was a negative perception of President Obama’s time in office.
“I didn’t vote for Obama,” one Republican voter, a man from suburban Ohio, said when being interviewed on election night, “But he won the presidency, and it was his job to fix things. He hasn’t fixed anything. I mean, look at the Deficit. It’s gone way up.” When told the Deficit was down sharply he replied, “That’s your opinion.”
Another voter who called herself an independent and had voted for Republicans this time around said that the President “had done some things” but that she thought it was time to give someone else a chance to fix what ailed the country. “He couldn’t talk Congress into doing what it needed to do,” she offered, “So, it was time for a change. Maybe now that we’ve sent him a message about how unhappy we are, he’ll lean harder on Congress.”
No one since election night has brought up the possibility of Impeachment, a long simmering issue during the previous six years. Yet, the implications seemed to be in the air. Many voters talked about “voting against Obama” rather than for a particular candidate. And many of the Republican winners expressly ran against the President, at times hinting they might take specific action against Obama if elected.
Only one man was willing to talk explicitly about removing the President from office though on condition of anonymity. “We’re definitely moving toward Impeachment,” a top Republican official explained, “When a leader, whether in government or business or wherever, does a bad job, you replace that person with someone else. And we believe the voters have given us a mandate to do just that.”
“We didn’t hire Obama,” he continued, “But we can fire him. The performance reviews are in and the People don’t approve.”
“Also,” he added, “Benghazi.”
President Obama himself has commented little on Impeachment rumors in the last couple of days. His only statement on the subject came when asked by a FOX News reporter if he were in favor of Congress impeaching him. The President responded, “I am not in favor of Impeachment at this time. I see no compelling reason for Congress to do so, and if I did, I would have resigned my office long ago.”
Note: This article contains facts that are made up.