Sarah Palin finally has even Bill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard and one of the people who initially touted her as a good vice presidential candidate in 2008, throwing up his arms in surrender and saying enough is enough already. In fact, he joined millions of Americans this week when he added his voice to those saying they would prefer if Sarah Palin simply stopped talking.
The Raw Story reported July 13 that Bill Kristol, appearing on an ABC News panel on Sunday, said that the half-term governor of Alaska was going too far with her calls for impeachment of President Barack Obama over the immigration and border security issues. He noted that her recent column at Breitbart.com made "Republicans look extreme."
Kristol explained: “No responsible Republican official has called for impeachment. And one problem with it is, of course, is you just get Joe Biden as president. The Republican task is to elect a Republican Senate, and to elect a Republican president in 2016, not to create a phony issue that allows Democrats to make Republicans look extreme.”
(Note that Kristol couldn't pass up a chance to get in a dig at Vice President Joe Biden, who, given the statement, would be a worse president that the sitting Commander-in-Chief.)
Palin had written an opinion piece for Breitbart.com last week that was adamant in that it was “time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”
Why is it time? Palin wrote: “His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.' President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here.”
The "foundational problem here" isn't so much the unsecured border between the United States and Mexico as it might be trying to make the U. S. look like the victim, even to go as far as the exaggerated depiction of the U. S. as a domestic violence victim at the hands of undocumented, or illegal, immigrants. Regardless of how one might view the border issue, not to mention the immigration issue, it is extremely difficult to see the U. S. as an abused victim when the U. S. holds almost all the power with regard to the issues and can rectify much of it via legislation. If there is victimization on the part of the U. S., it is self-inflicted.
Kristol wasn't alone in his assessment of Sarah Palin. Fellow panelist and Republican strategist Ann Navarro agreed with him, saying that “nobody of responsibility, nobody in leadership, nobody of relevance has talked about impeachment… So, can we stick to talking about people who can actually make something happen say, and not just folks who want to make headlines say?”
Did Navarro actually say that Sarah Palin is not relevant? Did she also say that the former Alaska governor was a headline-monger without any real power? (The answers: Yes and yes.)
And it isn't just people like Bill Kristol and Ann Navarro who would like for Sarah Palin to be less involved in political debates, either.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll released on July 9 found that 54 percent of American voters wish that Palin would be less outspoken. This includes two-thirds of Democratic voters, a majority of Independents, and nearly 40 percent of Republicans.
And there was another who voiced his disagreement with Palin's call for impeachment: Speaker of the House John Boehner. As Palin scoffed at Republican House members for bringing a lawsuit against President Obama, a lawsuit citing that he had overreached his authority with his usage of executive orders, Boehner had only two words for the failed vice presidential candidate, according to the Wall Street Journal: "I disagree."
The one-time Fox News contributor seems to have taken a long fall. A CNN/ORC poll released in March 2013 indicated that Sarah Palin was unfavorably viewed by 58 percent of Americans. The latest poll appears to suggest that her favorability rating hasn't increased beyond the margin of error. The numbers, not to mention the rebuff of powerful politicians and other conservatives, are quite a showing of opposition to the woman who was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People."