This is why this op-ed by Robert Dallek in the Sunday Post is so fascinating: He proposes amending the Constitution to provide for the recall of the president and vice president, to be initiated by a 3/5th majority in both houses of Congress, and decided by the voters. This is an idea I've actually been toying with myself for a few weeks, and there's some merit to it:
- It treats the presidency and the vice presidency as a unit, which impeachment does not do, and which would be more in accordance with the post-12th Amendment Constitution;
- The supermajority barriers to recall are lower than impeachment;
- It grapples with the need to apply more accountability to the modern, term-limited, and imperial presidency;
- And the decision to recall ultimately rests with the people, thus maintaining a balance of power between the executive and legislative branches.
On the other hand, there are still a number of things that even the current Congress can do to check the executive -- that is, if they showed a little more spine.