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Palin makes the case for impeaching Obama
Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2014 | Allahpundit

Posted on 07/12/2014 8:28:45 AM PDT by Bratch

Her op-ed earlier this week focused on immigration. Today’s op-ed is a more comprehensive indictment, starting with the case that “high crimes and misdemeanors” includes dereliction of duty, not just statutory crimes.

I want to quote this part:

Impeachment is the ultimate check on an out-of-control executive branch. It is serious, not to be used for petty partisan purposes; and it is imperative that it becomes a matter of legitimate discussion before the American people lose all trust in our federal government.

Impeachment requires moral courage to advance what is right, and it requires political will. A complacent or disheartened electorate may silently endure these abuses from the administration, the permanent political class is only too happy to maintain the status quo, and the mainstream media is not a fair watchdog. So, the nation’s last line of defense is for We the People to rise up and say, “enough is enough.”

Some argue that at best the House might vote for articles of impeachment, but the Senate is unlikely to convict. But that is no argument against holding a president accountable and sending the people’s message to all successors

The only thing necessary to transform America into something unrecognizable is for good men to do nothing! If not these violations and the president’s promise to continue to “go it alone” in ignoring the separation of powers and rule of law, what will it take for you to take a stand? How bad does it have to get?

Ultimately, she’s saying, this all comes down to public outrage, which is exactly right — but that’s why there’s going to be no impeachment. Right? If the wider public shared her many objections to Obama — power grabs, amnesty, ObamaCare, NSA spying, Benghazi, the Bergdahl prisoner swap — his job approval would be in single digits. As it is, he’s at 41 percent, which is poor but not nearly so atrociously bad that any congressional Democrats would feel compelled to remove him from office. Even among the 54-55 percent who disapprove of his job performance, there are bound to be loads of people who think that he’s guilty of nothing more than incompetence, not dereliction of duty worthy of the first successful forcible ouster of the president in American history. I haven’t seen any polls on impeachment lately, but I’d guess that impeachment supporters would start with something like 55-60 percent of the public opposed (all Democrats and a majority of indies) and 40 percent or so in favor (most Republicans). Once the media went to work on “GOP extremism,” Democrats started rolling out talking points about how the “party of no” isn’t interested in real solutions for the middle class, and a few centrist Republicans in Congress publicly expressed opposition, it’d probably move another 10 points against. What then?

Rick Wilson wrote a post for Ricochet yesterday about the impossible politics of steering impeachment through Congress:

Give me your elevator pitch, not for impeachment qua impeachment, but for how the story plays out from the announcement to Obama mounting the steps of Marine One and flashing a Nixonian farewell salute. What’s your Day One communication strategy when we begin impeachment proceedings? What’s the Day Two strategy? What’s the strategy after the first week? Who are the legislative handlers? Who are the key faces for the media? What’s the timetable, the media plan, the surrogate plan…all the boring block-and-tackle stuff? What happens when your rock-solid arguments melt under legal challenges from every quarter?

Did you remember there are other players in this game? Did you forget that the American people are notoriously fickle? Did you forget that the media still yields a mighty power to misrepresent, to distort, and to flat-out lie about what you’re trying to accomplish? What happens when this raises $50 million in online donation for the bad guys? What happens when they start dropping oppo like nukes on every member of the impeachment committee? What happens when Americans who are bored and restless decide you’re not talking about their lives, but just playing inside Washington games? What happens to the message strategy of every GOP House, Senate, and Governor candidate in the country? What happens when this doesn’t turn bring the White House to heel but instead becomes the only rallying cry that could wake Democrats from their post-Obama, post-Obamacare funk? What happens when Harry Reid slits your throat by not allowing the Senate to pass judgment.

All of which, again, is to say that Palin’s right — it’s the public that will determine whether impeachment is viable or not. What evidence do you have, though, that they think it’s viable? Outside of conservative media, who out there in the electorate is terribly exercised about Obama planning to unilaterally amnestize five million illegals once he’s busy shrugging off the current border crisis? Jonathan Turley seems pretty upset, and … that’s about it. The hard truth, I think, is that Americans don’t much care how the federal government operates as long as it gets them to an outcome they prefer. Raising the minimum wage is popular within the general electorate; if Obama issued an order tomorrow decreeing that that wage shall be raised, whether or not Congress approves, that’d be an egregious affront to separation of powers but even that probably wouldn’t inspire much outrage outside the right. Most voters would conclude that they like the outcome, so oh well. Whether that’s always been the case or is something new that’s developed, possibly (and ironically) as a reaction to growing cynicism about government, is beyond my reach. But it may be (also ironically) that our complacent political class, which Palin correctly identifies as being happy with the status quo, is nonetheless a better bet at this point to police itself on civic issues like separation of powers than the broader public is to police it. That’s the only reason I can think of for why Obama hasn’t (yet) issued the sort of minimum-wage order I just described. Maybe, for now, that’s a constitutional bridge too far even for him, although probably not for most of his voters. Gonna take a very high crime for Americans to ever support impeachment, I suspect, even as the weak norms against broad executive control of government continue to erode.

In related news, even some of the more solidly conservative members of the House see impeachment as an exercise in futility. Exit question: If I’m wrong about all this and the public is secretly ready to rally to the GOP’s side against O, then impeaching him would be a political winner even if Harry Reid blocks it in the Senate. Political parties usually rush to seize a political winner when they see it — and yet Republicans across the spectrum, from Boehner and McCain to Ted Cruz and Erick Erickson, seem reluctant to pursue this one. How come?

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: impeachment; impeachobama; obama; palin
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What no one wants to mention is that the general populace was totally against impeaching Richard Nixon...until months of constant revelations and attacks turned the tide of public opinion.

The GOPe seems to want everything handed to them on a silver platter. If an issue requires actual work (and, Heaven help us, risk), they shuffle to the back of the room and give up.

1 posted on 07/12/2014 8:28:45 AM PDT by Bratch
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2 posted on 07/12/2014 8:30:33 AM PDT by MtnMan101
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3 posted on 07/12/2014 8:32:14 AM PDT by MtnMan101
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To: Bratch
It's not gonna happen. Just like Bubba, Obama would consider it a badge of honor.

And the Senate has the final word.

And so you impeach and the Senate lets him off.

4 posted on 07/12/2014 8:32:24 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Bratch

Obama and the democrats want us to spend time hoping, planning, waiting for impeachment hearings. It is the perfect diversion.

5 posted on 07/12/2014 8:33:20 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: MtnMan101

To avoid being labeled as racis’, only the white half should be impeached. Sadly, it ain’t gonna happen. It should but it won’t. The fact that only 52% don’t approve of his handling of the country is really sad.

6 posted on 07/12/2014 8:34:00 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Bratch
Everyone knows that the legal case is there. Obama deserves impeachment more than anyone in history. But impeachment and, more importantly, conviction and removal are fundamentally political processes. With the dysfunctional Senate, broken irretrievably by the 17th Amendment, standing in the way, it is an exercise that can only result in further disaster. The old aphorism "if you strike the king you must kill the king" still holds true.
7 posted on 07/12/2014 8:35:30 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: rktman

Doesn’t cost Palin anything to say it. Consider the source.

8 posted on 07/12/2014 8:35:44 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: CMB_polarization

I think impeachment is a way to educate the world to what Obama is doing. It isn’t just a matter of results, the reason he is getting away with destroying America, is that nobody holds him accountable.

Obama has done Nothing but support Islamist Revolutionaries, and criminals, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of collateral deaths.

In 2009 Obama released a brutal al Qaeda terrorist known as al Baghdadi, who went on to head ISIS in 2013, and has effectively established a new caliphate.

US Established Taliban Headquarters in Qatar -2011

Afghan government slams US for sending arms to Taliban -2013
“The Afghan Interior Ministry has strongly condemned the US military over a shipment of weapons to Zabul Province in the troubled southern Afghanistan.”

Muslim Brotherhood Linked to Malik Obama and Obama Admin.

Obama Admin Was Recognized By Muslims for creating ISIS

Nabeel Naiem: “It is known that the USA released him from prison and he spent 20 to 30 million US Dollars to establish these ISIS groups and the first ISIS camps were established in Jordan, these camps were supervised by the Marines, and the arming of ISIS is all American.”


Obama Unilaterally Pulls Support for Egypt as Morsi Fights Against Taliban Terrorists

Afghan narcotics problems worsen

How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles (CIA) - 2014

Knowing that modern US weapons, the CIA gave Qatar, were being used by Taliban against US military, and that al Baghdadi, who Obama released in 2009, was again engaging in terrorism. Obama administration gave 5 more dangerous terrorists to QATAR (Taliban Headquarters)”in exchange an American deserter” in 2014

Syrian’s Rebels, who pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, Describe US backed Training in Qatar

July 2014 Mission Accomplished.
“There is at least no mystery about what Baghdadi wants. He believes that the world’s Muslims should live under one Islamic state ruled by Sharia Law”

Obama’s support for Islamists is endless. The only group supplying more arms to those who celebrate murder is Holder’s ATF. They armed Sinaloa drug cartel. It also explains the other dirty secrets taking place in Obama’s America:

“The horrific toll of America’s heroin ‘epidemic”
America’s Heroin Epidemic -BBC 2014

The SEC sees no evil while Wall Street banks launder $BILLIONS in cartel

Mexican Diplomat Says America Invited Sinaloa

DEA Struck A Deal With SINALOA Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel

U.S. Fed and Top Mexican Drug Cartel Exposed as Partners

Banks Laundering Cartel Drug Money


Cartels Exploit Immigration Crisis To Smuggle More Drugs Across Border

Mexican Cartels are Behind Border Crisis

Drug dealing, informant get border pass -2014

Obama Admin Human Trafficking

Photos Show Drugs Pouring Over Southern Arizona Border

Islamist Radicals are soldiers in the $Trillion Narco Trade, along with the $ 32 Billion human trafficking.

Middle Eastern national leaders have the same goals as the Islamic Revolutionary terrorists to establish a world caliphate under Sharia Law.The cartels leaders are bankers, Hedge Fund Managers and National Leaders.

It would certainly require that the US population be under an epidemic heroin induced stupor, like that of the populations in Iran, Russia, and China, to impose Sharia Law on Americans.

9 posted on 07/12/2014 8:44:42 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: Bratch
The current 41 percent for King Obama are those sick freeloaders that is keeping him in power. Romney with his 47 percent was right on. It is this lack of real understanding with the leadership of the GOP in the House that suffer fear of some kind of backlash if going for impeachment. Palin is right and if impeachment is not started America will never survive.

I under stand from a RINO to not take action but Boehner and McCain to Ted Cruz and Erick Erickson. That I do not understand. Ted Cruz, what in the hell are you thinking?


10 posted on 07/12/2014 8:50:43 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Bratch

:: How bad does it have to get? ::

Governor Palin...with her finger on the pulse of the Tea Party.

11 posted on 07/12/2014 8:51:15 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Apparently FR doesn’t have the stomach for it either. She is about to get trashed here with the intellectual FReepers.

Pray America wakes up

12 posted on 07/12/2014 9:08:41 AM PDT by bray (Buy my book:
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To: Bratch

The dedicated party supporters will be here soon. Can’t do it now. blah blah blah. Don’t offend the black populace like they were going to vote in huge number for those lame republicans -the ones who are the face on the party (not the regular citizen like a Palin) Don’t motivate the dems base/what about the patriots out here. Some are concerned of a legacy rather than stopping this guy’s abuses. Obama has went too far for most reasonable Americans who abide by the rule of law in every aspect of their lives while the top leader does not. This will be a testament for future presidents if they can get away with this type of lawlessness. Next time, most will not even care because none did anything about Obama. I’d say be careful what one supports here (politics over the law).

13 posted on 07/12/2014 9:10:52 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Bratch
If the wider public shared her many objections to Obama — power grabs, amnesty, ObamaCare, NSA spying, Benghazi, the Bergdahl prisoner swap — his job approval would be in single digits. As it is, he’s at 41 percent,

Wrong. A huge chunk of the 41% are liberals who are corrupt and would support their own no matter what Obama did. Many voters are corrupt just like the dems and RINOs in Congress. All three branches of government are corrupt and most of them should be replaced. By whom? That is the problem. Their replacements would likely be just like them because large segments of the people themselves are corrupt, brainwashed, ignorant or stupid. Leftists and RINO politicians exist because of leftist, RINO and malleable voters. One has to reach the voters to make progress in correcting this mess.

14 posted on 07/12/2014 9:13:03 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Bratch

Thanks for posting the article but...

Allahpundit uses too many words to say too little. Palin speaks for me more eloquently and precise.

15 posted on 07/12/2014 9:14:51 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Bratch
I've always thought that what this country needs most is a SUCCESSFUL impeachment of a president. Impeaching a third president with absolutely no chance of actually convicting him will just make it harder to impeach anyone in the future. I think the HR should hold off until after the election, and if the Republicans hold onto the House and take the senate, then absolutely go for it.

Removing a president should be hard, but not impossible. It should not be as hard as it is to put a man in jail.

16 posted on 07/12/2014 9:25:05 AM PDT by scouter
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Nixon was ousted as a political act. Democrats are political absolutists. They are extremists of the first magnitude. They will fight for their cause regardless the consequences. Republicans are always accusing democrats of having a finger in the wind but it is they, the Republicans, who do not have the stgrength of their convictions.

17 posted on 07/12/2014 9:30:34 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: MtnMan101
Impeachment would serve to air publicly all the Obama transgression against the constitution as well as tie some of his accomplices up from further mischief, name Mr. Holder as a defendant as well as that repugnant reptilian who heads the IRS, CostConan.
18 posted on 07/12/2014 9:44:08 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Bratch

Palin is Forward looking. Give the border crossings six months and a dip back into recession and we will see what people think.

19 posted on 07/12/2014 9:52:31 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (
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To: Bratch

Impeachment won’t work until the tide of public sentiment turns overwhelmingly against odumbo. And the media manipulators aren’t about to let that happen. But the House’s “power of the purse” can be invoked to rein in this tinhorn tyrant.

20 posted on 07/12/2014 9:57:00 AM PDT by IronJack
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