Sarah Palin has mentioned the idea of impeaching President Obama indirectly in the past, notes Politico, but there's nothing indirect about her new essay at Breitbart.com:
- "It’s 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."
As that suggests, Palin is pinning her argument on the "flood of illegal immigration" she says has been unleashed
by Obama's policies. Another sample: "Enough is enough of the years of abuse from the president," she writes. "His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"
Lines like that are drawing some scorn, as in this critique at Mediaite. Still, "she's the first Republican of any significant national stature to make this call," writes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post. Palin obviously doesn't have the clout she once had in the party, but she still has enough of a following, particularly in the Tea Party, to rile up the conservative base and perhaps force GOP lawmakers into the dicey territory of having to take a position on impeachment. "This is nothing but bad news for Republicans," writes Blake, "especially four months until the 2014 election." Click to read his full post, or to read Palin's full post. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)