Just about every president in modern history arrives at a time during his administration when some people would like to see his term in office cut short with impeachment. Richard Nixon avoided impeachment by resigning the presidency. Bill Clinton was actually impeached, the second president in history to suffer that humiliation, but was not removed from office. Now Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and by some accounts the most powerful female politician on the planet, has called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama in a Tuesday piece in Brietbart Big Government.
While others have noted that a variety of offensives ranging from the IRS scandal to the promiscuous use of executive orders to circumnavigate the law are impeachable, the straw that broke that camel’s back for Palin is the border crisis now afflicting the United States. Obama’s failure to secure the borders against the flood of illegal aliens, many of them unaccompanied children, is the impeachable offense that Palin believes should remove the president from office.
“The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt, many cities are on the verge of insolvency, our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our ‘leader’ creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best “border security” money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.
“Have faith that average American workers – native-born and wonderful legal immigrants of all races, backgrounds, and political parties – do care because we’re the ones getting screwed as we’re forced to follow all our government’s rules while others are not required to do so. Many now feel like strangers in their own land. It’s the American worker who is forced to deal with Obama’s latest crisis with our hard-earned tax dollars while middle class wages decrease, sustainable jobs get more scarce, and communities become unrecognizable and bankrupted due to Obama’s flood of illegal immigration.”
While Palin lays out the legal case for impeaching and removing President Obama. Hot Air is pretty sure that the political case is lacking. An impeachment campaign would be the one thing that would motivate Obama supporters, especially African Americans, to turn out to the polls, thus blunting expected Republican gains. Even if the Republicans, as expected, take the Senate, they will not have enough votes to remove Obama from office. With two and a half years to go in the Obama administration, it is pointless to mount an impeachment effort. A Republican Senate will help minimize the damage Obama could do for the remainder of his presidency.
Hot Air offers the idea that the impeachment proposal is stratagem on Palin’s part to not only put pressure on Republican RINOs but also give fuel for a Ted Cruz for President campaign in 2016. The idea is that if the congressional Republicans fail to start impeachment proceedings or try and fail, Cruz has an issue with which he can run to “purify” the Republican Party. Republicans and some independents will be outraged that Obama was allowed to get away with violations of his oath of office sufficiently to make Cruz the Republican nominee and, presumably, president.
Or that is the theory anyway,