According to a Sunday story in Newsmax, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared on the ABC News Sunday talk show “This Week” and denounced Sarah Palin for calling for the impeachment of President Obama. He suggested that she was not a good judge of who should be impeached and why. He also suggested that Palin was not a very good vice presidential candidate. He concluded that opposition to President Obama is motivated by racial animus.
In an oped published on the Fox News website, Palin doubled down on her call for the impeachment of the president. She expanded from her original bill of particulars that just included his failures surrounding the border crisis and added a familiar litany that included that IRS and VA scandals, the executive orders, the rewriting of laws, and the ignoring of court orders. She suggested that dereliction of duty is included in the “high crimes and misdemeanors” defined in the Constitution as grounds for impeachment.
“To be clear, ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ are not necessarily ordinary criminal offenses. Our Framers used the term to signify a dereliction of duty, and the first duty of the president is to enforce our laws and preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution.
“Alexander Hamilton described impeachable offenses as those ‘which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.’ He explained that they are ‘political’ offenses ‘as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.’”
Palin’s call for Obama’s impeachment has caused a near universal negative reaction. The proposal has made the left angry for reasons that hardly need explaining. The right is aghast because most consider Obama’s impeachment to be not politically viable.
Curiously no one has suggested that Palin is wrong on the merits. Everything she stated as a reason to impeach Obama in her two opeds actually happened on the president’s watch. None of the actions had anything to do with sex, which was the rhetorical defense against Bill Clinton’s impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice.
The imbroglio over impeachment that Palin has touched off has led to another reaction that has happened from time to time. MSNBC has declared her career as a political force to be over, calling her a “national laughing stock.” The firestorm that has been created by Palin’s call for Obama’s impeachment suggests that her power to shake American politics to its foundation remains unabated. But then Palin has been written off so many times, one more hardly seems worthy of notice