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Gingrich: Obama Sparks 'Constitutional Crisis,' Raises Impeachment Specter
NewsMax ^ | 2-25-2011 | By Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella

Posted on 02/25/2011 1:36:45 PM PST by Red Badger

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama’s decision not to fully enforce the Defense of Marriage law has sparked a constitutional crisis as he has directly violated his constitutional duties by arbitrarily suspending a law.

Gingrich for the first time raised the specter of Obama’s removal from office, noting that, if a “President Sarah Palin” had taken a similar action, there would have been immediate calls for her impeachment.

Obama Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday that the administration will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, which has banned recognition of same-sex marriage for 15 years. President Clinton signed the act into law in 1996.

Obama’s decision to forego a legal defense of the law has caused a firestorm of anger from conservative groups.

Gingrich slammed Obama for his decision, telling Newsmax that he is not a “one-person Supreme Court” and his decision sets a “very dangerous precedent” that must not be allowed to stand.

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1 posted on 02/25/2011 1:36:47 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I say just let Barry keep the hits on rolling. One article of impeachment after another.


2 posted on 02/25/2011 1:39:18 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Red Badger

Whatever it takes...


3 posted on 02/25/2011 1:39:29 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 766 of our national holiday from reality. - It's almost 3 AM)
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To: Red Badger

I agree with Newt but, at present, he’s just another private citizen with an opinion-I don’t see a “constitutional crisis”. FWIW, it does appear that Newt really, really wants to be the POTUS.


4 posted on 02/25/2011 1:40:39 PM PST by Spok
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To: Spok
I don’t see a “constitutional crisis”

Then you ain't looking hard enough.

5 posted on 02/25/2011 1:41:53 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Red Badger

Doesn’t seem we have anyone in authority that is willing to do anything about this illegal alien....the more they do nothing the bolder he gets........


6 posted on 02/25/2011 1:42:01 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

It’s good to be king...................


7 posted on 02/25/2011 1:42:09 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger
the administration will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts,

So what? That's not the same as not enforcing it. It just means they won't defend it in court. Fine. They aren't obligated. Gingrich's argument is nuts.

As for a President Palin, I hope she wouldn't send the justice dept. to defend, say, Obamacare in court. Same thing.

8 posted on 02/25/2011 1:42:18 PM PST by Huck (Only 1,967 years until the Reign of Dr. Zaius!)
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To: Red Badger

I don’t think an impeachment will ever happen. We either have to wait till 2012, or we can riot in the streets like they did in Egypt.


9 posted on 02/25/2011 1:42:58 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Red Badger

“one-person Supreme Court”

You’d think the Supremes are getting tired of Obama admonishing them in the SOTU, encroaching on their turf, and ignoring decisions from federal judges. Striking down Obamacare would send him a good message.


10 posted on 02/25/2011 1:43:05 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Red Badger

Seems link isn’t working.


11 posted on 02/25/2011 1:43:40 PM PST by jeepers creepers
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To: Red Badger

Newt just jumped several rungs up the ladder for me! No one else has had the gonads to even challenge hussein, the usurper.


12 posted on 02/25/2011 1:43:58 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: jeepers creepers

It’s just busy. Drudge has his siren up with a link to Newsmax, and it’s getting a lot of hits right now. Keep trying.


13 posted on 02/25/2011 1:45:48 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Red Badger

You Freepers better be careful what you wish for

14 posted on 02/25/2011 1:47:45 PM PST by Zakeet (Disclosure: Long on trees, long on hemp, short on Libtards)
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To: shield

exactly.... he uses the Constitution as bathroom tissue and the only ones that CAN stop it(from a government-follow-the-rules standpoint) sit there and wring their hands. he does what ever the he!! he wants....screw the people.


15 posted on 02/25/2011 1:48:02 PM PST by Newton ('No arsenal is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Starboard

Striking down Obamacare has not, in fact, sent him any kind of message. He’s ignoring it.


16 posted on 02/25/2011 1:48:23 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (You CAN get blood from a stone, if you throw it hard enough.)
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To: Red Badger

Gingrich is a pimp.

Obama is not refusing to enforce the law. If he did so, I would support his removal.

Rather, he is exercising the independent judgement which is the right of EACH branch, in this case a judgement about what arguments in court by the Solicitor General are valid.

As soon as he commands the IRS to tax homosexuals pretending to be married at a lower rate, I’m right there.

But Presidents and Congress have been MUCH too deferential to the (nonexistent) power of judicial modification of the Constitution, and if rebelling against THAT is all he’s doing, I’m OK with it.


17 posted on 02/25/2011 1:48:26 PM PST by Jim Noble (House GOP: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.)
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To: jeepers creepers

Just worked for me a second ago.............


18 posted on 02/25/2011 1:48:41 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: null and void

Nice to see Newt listens to Rush: This was Rush’s monologue yesterday!!


19 posted on 02/25/2011 1:49:20 PM PST by Dansong
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To: Spok
Please read this before you say something like that.

He is the chief EXECUTIVE of the US. His job is to ENFORCE THE LAW.


20 posted on 02/25/2011 1:50:18 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Red Badger
All the ammo you need is there, just do it.
21 posted on 02/25/2011 1:50:18 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Red Badger

Newt is running for President and wants to be relevant.


22 posted on 02/25/2011 1:51:24 PM PST by tips up
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To: Zakeet
You Freepers better be careful what you wish for

Biden would not purposely set out to destroy our Republic. He would likely replace all the O's communist, anti-Capitalist cronies. Obama is a cancer on our Republic. He has a seething hatred for all that has made America great. He lives to destroy the United States of America from within.

23 posted on 02/25/2011 1:51:34 PM PST by sand88
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To: Starboard

SCOTUS is apparently just riding the bench while the waters rise around us. Maybe they will do something to serve the Country unless riding the bench is their job nowadays. Whatever, I’m disappointed about the “checks and balances” I heard about in government classes.


24 posted on 02/25/2011 1:51:43 PM PST by mcshot (So this is how it feels to be flushed. The "that's impossible" days are upon us.)
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To: Red Badger
Gingrich slammed Obama for his decision, telling Newsmax that he is not a “one-person Supreme Court”

Of course he is just ask him.

25 posted on 02/25/2011 1:51:48 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Dansong

That’s fine. Let Newt be the one to throw the political ‘Molotov cocktail’ into the fray.


26 posted on 02/25/2011 1:52:07 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: Jim Noble

You are missing one essential point, zero stated he found the law unconstitutional, and, therefore, will not defend it in court. what part of he isn’t a pharoh to decide which laws he will or will not defend?

We have 3 branches of government - not zero’s one man rule.


27 posted on 02/25/2011 1:52:07 PM PST by Catsrus (Have)
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To: Red Badger

When Newt addresses the subject of ‘impeachment’ on Hannity’s FNC show some night; THEN I’ll be impressed.


28 posted on 02/25/2011 1:52:52 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Red Badger

Hey Newt, what happened?? You went from schmoozing with San Fran Nan and endorsing Didi Scozzafava to actually taking a stand against Hussein!! Did the November vote send you back to your closet for your “conservative disguise?”


29 posted on 02/25/2011 1:53:01 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Red Badger
The pressure will build and someday it will blow open so wide even the left won't be able to deny it. I hope the Republic survives the blast.


30 posted on 02/25/2011 1:53:13 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Red Badger

Impeachment would look politically motivated. Heck, everything does when our side tries to do the right thing. We need to find a way to hold him accountable and make him fulfill his constitutional duties, though. We need to do it in a way that puts egg on his face. Impeachment is not the answer, not in this media environment.


31 posted on 02/25/2011 1:53:23 PM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Red Badger

32 posted on 02/25/2011 1:53:52 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Red Badger

Isn’t Obama more or less doing the same thing with the immigration laws that are currently on the books?

It seems like Congress should step up and condemn Obama for the latest fiasco. On the other hand, ignoring laws seems common not matter who is POTUS. Of course, Obama has taken it one step more by publishing a decision to ignore and not support a specific law.


33 posted on 02/25/2011 1:54:09 PM PST by unique
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To: Red Badger

Obama wants an impeachment process. He wants to be “victimized” as Clinton was.


34 posted on 02/25/2011 1:54:24 PM PST by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: Spok
I don’t see a “constitutional crisis”.

Then, with all due respect, you just don't get it.

35 posted on 02/25/2011 1:54:29 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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36 posted on 02/25/2011 1:55:03 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: null and void

Right, Just keep hammering the bum, and his goons. Keep them stirred up


37 posted on 02/25/2011 1:55:15 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: fishtank

“Generally speaking, a constitutional crisis is a situation in which separate factions within a government disagree about the extent to which each of these factions hold sovereignty.”

That’s one definition of a constitutional crisis, and it’s not the same thing as a breach or dereliction of a constitutional duty.


38 posted on 02/25/2011 1:55:15 PM PST by Spok
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To: Jedidah

The Blaze is blocked as well...are we under cyber attack from the CommUnionistas?


39 posted on 02/25/2011 1:55:41 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Red Badger

The congress couldn’t get rid of Bill Clinton when they had him dead to right. Does Newt actually think this PC country would impeach the first real black president?


40 posted on 02/25/2011 1:55:45 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a SECOND party.)
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To: Red Badger

Gingrich is a coward and a fraud. He reminds me of a slightly less stupid version of Bill O’Reilly.


41 posted on 02/25/2011 1:55:45 PM PST by Godebert
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To: Red Badger

Here is Rep John Boehners Office Number 202-225-0600, I called his office on Wednesday when Odumbo stated the DOMA was unconstitutional. I informed him to reign in the idiot in the White House. As an American whom served in the military I will not stand behind an idiotic moronic imbecile in the White House. The same goes for idiot that is in the position as Attorney General named Eric(Dumbass)Holder (Odumbo’s stepbrother).
Lets find out all the idiotic Senators whom endorsed Holder to become the AG. If the state has recall election procedure, consider seeking the process to remove each and every Senator whom endorsed and voted for this AG whom is not even fit to be a dog catcher.
Is this the excellence of Harvard University Law School - Odumbo is the epitome of ignorance of the law. If he read the 14th Amendment the first paragraph includes the issue of natural birth citizenship, in the equal protection of the law - he would have read that he is inelgible to even be a president or a US Senator from Illinois) what do they teach at Harvard it is not the Constitution - Massachusetts needs to revoke the charter of harvard and take away Odumbo and Holders law licenses and law degrees.


42 posted on 02/25/2011 1:57:50 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Red Badger

Not only has Obama taken the Supreme Court, remember a few months ago he took over from the Congress when EPA enacted a law that the old Congress voted down.


43 posted on 02/25/2011 1:57:50 PM PST by Ex-Democrat Dean
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I don’t think the sites are blocked, just busy. Hot topics and too much traffic, a cyber-bottleneck. Have patience!


44 posted on 02/25/2011 1:58:06 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: who knows what evil?

Some dingbat lib lawyers on Hannity was trying justify Obama’s action on not defending this law in court.

Not defending this law is court is the same as not enforcing the law. Dumb lawyers are a dime a dozen.


45 posted on 02/25/2011 1:58:37 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Jim Noble
Rather, he is exercising the independent judgement which is the right of EACH branch, in this case a judgement about what arguments in court by the Solicitor General are valid.

Nobody is above the law. This implies that the law applies to everybody. This means that nobody, including the POTUS, can simply ignore laws that they don't like.

You have no clue what you are talking about.

46 posted on 02/25/2011 1:59:36 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“Striking down Obamacare has not, in fact, sent him any kind of message. He’s ignoring it.”

Not if the decision comes from the Supreme Court. They need to literally lay down the law with him. But, you’re right that he just ignores the rulings of any lesser courts. He considers himself above them. It will be a full blown constitutional crisis if he ignors the Supremes.


47 posted on 02/25/2011 2:00:52 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Red Badger

Newt’s right.

I just don’t think we would be hearing this from Newt, however, if he weren’t running for president. Based upon his past actions, this has to be a campaign conversion.


48 posted on 02/25/2011 2:01:19 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Spok

[I don’t see a “constitutional crisis”. ]

Oh, it’s a constitutional crisis alright, but apparently, Americans don’t care unless the Democrat run media tells them to.


49 posted on 02/25/2011 2:01:19 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: sand88; All
"Obama is a cancer on our Republic. He has a seething hatred for all that has made America great. He lives to destroy the United States of America from within."


50 posted on 02/25/2011 2:02:13 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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