He's impeached

Well, it’s done.

We now have the third President of the United States that has been impeached.

And the second President in just over 20 years.

This could make things very tricky in the future if a President loses a mid-term vote as the Republicans did about a year ago in the House as it is the House that votes with a simple majority for the impeachment while the Senate with a two thirds majority vote [in a trial] to see if the impeachment is worthy of the President losing his or her job.

After the next mid-term election, if the President loses his or her majority in the House, he or she would have to walk a fine line.

Anything that could be considered even a very lightly illegal could lead to an impeachment.

A short guide to US Elections

[Call this a mini guide if you wish. Some things are left out.]

Many people are probably very happy they don’t live in the US. One just have to look at the election process to see why.

In Canada, we have federal elections roughly every 4 years. Prior to the election, the government still in power decides the length of the election. The minimum number of days is 37. The maximum is generally twice that. During the campaign, there may be a number of debates. Usually after the election, if one party leader resigns [because of a poor showing during the election, an interim party leader is elected until a party convention. Between the announcement of the interim leader and the convention, various nominees for the party leader are announced. At the convention [over 3 days], the leader is voted on by the delegates [those who are members of the party].

There are separate elections for provinces and territories that can be at any time within their mandate as well as local elections which may or may not have a predetermined date.

Nice and simple. Something like this is typical for most countries.

Except the United States.

In case you somehow missed it, the US will be voting for their next election in early November [as well as about a third of the senate, various state propositions, etc.].

The run for the President actually start after the “midterm” elections [see after this].

From then, depending on whether the incumbent President can run or chooses not to run [can’t exceed two terms of 4 years each], either or both main parties [Republicans and Democrats] will begin the process of choosing a leader. Until about January of the election year it is primarily just announcing whether some will run or not as a nominee for part leader.

Come January, the primaries and caucuses begin. For about 5 months, a caucus is a system of local gatherings where voters will decide which Presidential candidate to support and then select delegates for the party’s conventions in July. In contrast, a primary is a statewide voting process in which eligible voters will cast ballots for their choice of candidate. Depending on the state, it is a winner takes all for who wins the state or proportionally allocated the number of delegates.

Over time, candidates will drop out and generally put their support behind their choice of candidates.

At the part convention, a final vote for the party’s nomination for President is finalized [plus various other party business such as a platform].

Then in early November, the US has their general election. In addition to a third of the senate seats up for grabs and all House seats, usually about 11 states have their gubernatorial and there could be additional elections for mayor, sheriff, etc.

In January the following year, the new government [or same if the incumbent wins] takes charge of the country.

Then the country goes on election hiatus except maybe 2-3 gubernatorial elections.

Then after that there is the “midterm” elections where there are many gubernatorial elections [maybe 35-36], all House seats, a third of the Senate seats and various local elections.

It is quite comment to see the President lose House and Senate seats – particularly if the country is doing well. A President with a minority in the House and senate will have a difficult time passing any laws unless there are negotiations with the other party.

Following the “midterm” election, the country goes on election hiatus except maybe 2-3 gubernatorial elections again until the process starts all over again.

Romney sticks his foot in his mouth often

You have to wonder about US Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

If he kept his mouth shut, he probably would have a decent chance of becoming the next President of the US. But he keeps on opening his big mouth.

He said on the 17th: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him [Obama], who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”

Actually, according to CNN statistics, it is about 46.4%. But many of these people aren’t paying taxes because of a lack or low income and they are not all Democrats. While those who are rich enough are using tax loopholes found in the sixteen [!!!] volumes of IRS regulations to try and avoid paying taxes. I’m sure Romney’s accountant used some loopholes for his taxes. Meanwhile with that 47% in his pocket – if the percentage was all for him – would be true, Obama would be guaranteed the presidency.

When the video footage emerged online, Romney held a brief news conference late Monday in which he said his comments were “off the cuff” and “not elegantly stated.” Uh huh.

He also got in hot water by saying that: “One is the one which I’ve had for some time, which is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”

Finally, a video clips also show Romney joking that he would be more successful in his White House bid if his father were actually Latino, rather than having been born in Mexico to missionary parents from the United States.   “But he [Romney’s dad] was born in Mexico … and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this,” Romney said. “But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. … I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

Let’s just say this won’t help him getting the Latino vote either.

Although the first one actually occurred a short while ago, the other two are within the past week. He started off recently tied with Obama but now Obama has a 6 point lead – and this is prior to these comments coming out.