Can, and ought, Missouri Gov. Nixon be impeached for his support for the Ferguson mob?
Yes, and yes.
The Missouri Legislature has GOP super-majorities in both houses:
House of Rep.: GOP 110 to Dem 53
Senate: GOP 24 to Dem 10
Nixon can be impeachment according to Missouri Constitution:
“Section 1. All elective executive officials of the state, and judges of the supreme court, courts of appeals and circuit courts shall be liable to impeachment for crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.
“Power of impeachment–trial of impeachments.
“Section 2. The house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. All impeachments shall be tried before the supreme court, except that the governor or a member of the supreme court shall be tried by a special commission of seven eminent jurists to be elected by the senate. The supreme court or special commission shall take an oath to try impartially the person impeached, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of five-sevenths of the court or special commission.”
The Missouri Legislature could totally take him out. Bending over for the lynch mob would certainly be included in the crimes of “willful neglect of duty, … incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.”
Certainly, siding with the mob against the standard rule of law, by calling by executive fiat the condemnation of certain individuals, is beyond the pale.
Gov. Nixon has engaged in “misconduct,” “willful neglect of duty,” or “offense”… “involving moral turpitude,” perhaps? Certainly more than the those below him.