Boehner: I disagree with Palin about impeaching Obama

posted at 12:41 pm on July 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via CNS News. Byron York had a post this morning wondering if Boehner would take impeachment off the table for Obama the same way Pelosi did for Bush despite the clamoring on the left at the time. Answer: Yes, of course! That’s the whole point of Boehner’s lawsuit, right? He wants to do something bold to show conservatives that he’s resisting Obama’s power grabs, but not so bold that it’ll blow up in the GOP’s face in November. The lawsuit is the perfect gesture. It gives him an excuse to rail against executive overreach publicly while booting the disposition of the matter to the courts. If they rule against him, it’s the judiciary’s fault, not his. And if it takes a year or more for the case to wend its way up to the Supreme Court, even better. It’s off his plate, which is what’s important. (Said Palin to Hannity last night, “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines.”) For him to turn around and agree with Palin on impeachment after all that would be bizarre. Why pursue a circuitous legal route to rein in Obama if he’s prepared to try to remove him from office entirely?

It’s not just Boehner who’s running away from impeachment either. In purple-state Iowa, GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst — who’s been endorsed by Palin — carefully explained to Yahoo News yesterday that she didn’t really say she wanted to impeach Obama the last time she said she wanted to impeach Obama.

Republican Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst attempted Tuesday night to walk back statements made at a January event in which she said President Barack Obama had “become a dictator” who should be “removed from office” or face “impeachment.”…

“To be clear, I have not seen any evidence that the President should be impeached,” the statement read…

“I was asked a question involving a hypothetical about what I thought should happen if the Supreme Court ruled that the president had committed an ‘abuse of power.’ Obviously if the Supreme Court were to ever rule that the President of the United States had abused their power, that would be a very serious charge,” Ernst said in the statement. “I responded by saying that if the court in fact made such a ruling, that the president should face the necessary repercussions. I would give the same answer about any president, Republican or Democrat.”

There are, surely, some GOPers in Congress willing to agree publicly with Palin that Obama must go. Just don’t expect it from anyone who’s running for office in a state or district where Republicans winning the general election is in the tiniest bit of doubt. Exit question: Could Boehner’s impeachment-avoidance strategy end up backfiring if he loses his lawsuit? Imagine a federal judge rules that the House’s dispute with O over executive power is a political question that should either be decided by the people at the polls or by the people’s representatives through their Article I powers — which, of course, includes impeachment. The courts will have essentially punted this issue back to Boehner and told him, a la Erick Erickson, to man up and accept the political risk of trying to remove the president if he’s allegedly so troubled by executive overreach. What’s Boehner’s move then? Use the power of the purse to choke off funding for Obama’s priorities and quietly ignore impeachment altogether, right?

Here’s the clip from this morning’s House leadership presser. Boehner’s facial expressions when the subject is raised are comedy gold.


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That’s because she is more a man than you are. You 2-bit Washington insider political hack.

Oil Can on July 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Palin is powerful one week, and has no power the next.

portlandon on July 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Sarah is a leader. Juan Boner is just an orange seat warmer.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

When does the unthinkable become thinkable?

myiq2xu on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

No impeachment talk, it’s just dumb right now. Do something about things you can actually do. Like arrest Lois Lerner.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Heh, at all the boneless Boners of DC!

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

“To be clear, I have not seen any evidence that the President should be impeached,…”

O has to be loving this. The world is his oyster.

JellyToast on July 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Sarah is a leader. Juan Boner is just an orange seat warmer.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Like the hemorroid cushion my mom had way back in the day. Only Boehner et al are the hemorroid.

arnold ziffel on July 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Of course you do.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

As if we needed more proof that Boehner is not a leader…

…it takes a unique individual to checkmate himself without even breaking a sweat.

Athos on July 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Focus on the illegalities at the border.

Wait, you’re enabling obama, you fuc*ing shills. You’re thus more culpable.

The Rs deserve to be destroyed. They destroyed the land more by enabling obama.

The border chaos and disease/terrorism importation will destroy you all, as it should.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

This might be an opportune post to mention what so far has been unmentionable from the same Palin interview, AP. And that is Palin’s barely concealed threat to bolt the GOP (5:33ff) if Boehner continues to be Boehner.

“I hate to think that the Republican Party would be leaving me. I don’t want to be leaving it… I’m not going to hesitate unlisting myself from a party I just can’t support anymore.”

You’d think her detractors would be cheering her on: “About time!” “Irrelevant!” “You go away, girl!”

But not yet. Not quite ready for a breakaway Palin Party. Must kill them that they need her to stick around.

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Impeachment is a losing strategy. Palin, whose visibility has dropped, is just desperate for attention.

sauropod on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

God, the circuses write themselves, better than the best/worst of fiction.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

So Weepy is conducting his own War on Women??

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

If Boehner is reelected speaker, I am leaving the Republican Party.

joekenha on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Boner is as drunk as obama is choomed.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

That’s O.K., John, she could whip your Azz with one Beaver pelt
tied behind her back….

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Obama deserves to be removed from office by Congress, but the votes and public support aren’t there. Starting the impeachment process at this point would be a stupid move.

DisneyFan on July 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Sarah knew that most GOP’ers would disagree with her, which is why she directed her comments toward the American people …

“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.” – Sarah Palin

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

“Impeachment” is a waste of time. UNLESS you can actually win and remove the guy.

1) Can’t win.. Democrat Senate
2) If you do win, the clown gets the big chair.

The whole gang needs to be in prison. There are probably lots of violations of Federal law that could be prosecuted by the few honest feds. But brains and backbones are surgically removed when you get your first federal paycheck.

CrazyGene on July 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Not really surprising that any of the seated politicians aren’t prepared to jump on-board an impeachment train. It would take something horrible that could be specifically linked to some action/inaction of Obama to nudge the chickens into action. Palin is just serving as the firebrand expressing the anger of part of the voters, something Boehner and his crowd only do if it’s from the “right” kind of voters.

katiejane on July 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Why would they bother without the Senate? Besides it would take the length of the remainder of his term to do it plus get his base all wound up.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

So, if Bark was impeached, is uncle Joe the new king?

BL@KBIRD on July 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

It would be an exercise in futility for the House to try to impeach, since it would just die in the Senate with Harry Reid.

If voters are serious, the fastest route to impeachment is to elect a Republican majority in the Senate. Here in Utah, we already have two Republican Senators, so the rest of the country needs to get with the program if impeachment is ever going to happen.

Owain on July 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Maybe if Palin would find herself in an elected position where she can actually affect change, it would be a starting point for impeachment proceedings. Oh wait, she either quits or loses. Nevermind.

BoehnerTears on July 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I usually back Palin on everything.

However, impeachment at this point is a SUICIDAL strategy before these midterms.

Obama is sinking his own ship. Let him.

blatantblue on July 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

You’d think her detractors would be cheering her on: “About time!” “Irrelevant!” “You go away, girl!”

But not yet. Not quite ready for a breakaway Palin Party. Must kill them that they need her to stick around.

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

That is a Damn good observation.

Amadeus on July 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Maybe if Palin would find herself in an elected position where she can actually affect change, it would be a starting point for impeachment proceedings. Oh wait, she either quits or loses. Nevermind.
 
BoehnerTears on July 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

 
And yet she made you comment on a blog.
 
Neat.

rogerb on July 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Alternative headline: Boehner decides his most politically expedient option is to do nothing about Obama’s lawlessness.

Are the drinks on the house?

locomotivebreath1901 on July 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Why can’t people see this impeachment talk is a guaranteed U-turn for Obama’s crashing ratings?
Idiots.

Marcus on July 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Sarah knew that most GOP’ers would disagree with her, which is why she directed her comments toward the American people …

“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.” – Sarah Palin

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Brilliant post.

Unfortunately, we have many here who view
everything thru the Prism of Politics, all optics, all the time.

It’s all a Game, doncha know….this woman speaks for the
American People…a lost Art, that was last seen…

..what was that guy’s name again?

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

If Boehner is reelected speaker, I am leaving the Republican Party.

joekenha on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Leave now moron… What are you waiting for idiot…

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Exit question: If Palin looked like Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) would anybody care what she said?

Tater Salad on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Who enforces any court ruling against Obama resulting from the lawsuit? DC police?

Buddahpundit on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Could Boehner’s impeachment-avoidance strategy end up backfiring if he loses his lawsuit?

Yes.

sauldalinsky on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
Dan Pfeiffer ‏@pfeiffer44 5m

Nothing gets a bigger response from the crowd than mentions of Boehner’s plan to sue POTUS for doing his job, while they do nothing

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

When does the unthinkable become thinkable?

myiq2xu on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

It doesn’t. Obama has basically opened our borders to every refugee from Latin America who wants to come here, yet hardly anyone claiming to be on our side thinks that’s an impeachable offense(on top of all the other crimes and scandals).

Doughboy on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

You’d think her detractors would be cheering her on: “About time!” “Irrelevant!” “You go away, girl!”

But not yet. Not quite ready for a breakaway Palin Party. Must kill them that they need her to stick around.

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

OMG you are so f***ing right… Palin is our lord and god in the conservative movement… Just f***ing break away with your Palin party and leave us the f*** alone..

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sadly, this is a turning point for Palin.

She has ‘abdicated’ (heh) her role as king-maker with this move.

No candidate is going to want her endorsement now. They will not publicly say they are for impeachment.

It’s been a nice run Sarah. Good luck.

Obama and the GOPe are jumping with glee today.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Is Boehner suing the POTUS or is the House suing the POTUS…? I’m confused.

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

BTW, that Gitmo prisoner swap release was pretty cool, wasn’t it?

rogerb on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Exit question: If Palin looked like Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) would anybody care what she said?

Tater Salad on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Nope… But do not tell this to the little penis brigade i.e. the “pure and true conservatives”…

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Maybe if Palin would find herself in an elected position where she can actually affect change, it would be a starting point for impeachment proceedings. Oh wait, she either quits or loses. Nevermind.

BoehnerTears on July 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I think there is a thread for that.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

“To be clear, I have not seen any evidence that the President should be impeached,…”

O has to be loving this. The world is his oyster.

JellyToast on July 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Obi-WanObama-Won: These aren’t the droids This is not the evidence you’re looking for.
StormtrooperWeepy: These aren’t the droids This isn’t the evidence we’re looking for.
Obi-WanObama-Won: He You can go about his your business.
Stormtrooper Weepy: You I can go about your my business.
Obi-Wan Obama-Won: Move along.
Stormtrooper Weepy : I’ll move along… move along.

The Farce is Great with Obama-Won.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Why can’t people see this impeachment talk is a guaranteed U-turn for Obama’s crashing ratings?
Idiots.

Marcus on July 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

It says quite a bit that the idea of impeachment would suddenly make a martyr out of Obama. Where, oh where, did you go, America?

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
Dan Pfeiffer ‏@pfeiffer44 5m

Nothing gets a bigger response from the crowd than mentions of Boehner’s plan to sue POTUS for doing his job, while they do nothing

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Actually anytime Palin is mentioned (potentially in a negative light) the Palinistas go crazy. Typically driving the most and most vehement comments (in her defense) on HA.

Tater Salad on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Is there any illegal act by the POTUS that would require impeachment?

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What’s Boehner’s move then?

Cry and drink.

Use the power of the purse to choke off funding for Obama’s priorities and quietly ignore impeachment altogether, right?

Hah, must be kidding.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

O has to be loving this. The world is his oyster.

JellyToast on July 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I think Muslims consider oysters unclean.

S.P. Link on July 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I guess it depends on the meaning of “oyster” then, maybe?

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Sarah knew that most GOP’ers would disagree with her, which is why she directed her comments toward the American people …

“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.” – Sarah Palin
Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Exactly, so how is it that her very calculated comments are seen as her being “silly” or “crazy”.
HotAir pundits might disagree with her but she’s no body’s fool.

BTW. Breitbart got over 10K comments on the Palin story
Is that where all of the conservatives are going?

Amadeus on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

What exactly has the GOP leadership done lately to merit your undying support?

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Sadly, this is a turning point for Palin.

Shark. Jump.
She’s blown riding a high wave after the Mississippi debacle. Wipe out.

Marcus on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I guess it depends on the meaning of “oyster” then, maybe?

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

It’s slang for Jews, or people that say “Oy”.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Is there any illegal act by the POTUS that would require impeachment?

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

“When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”Richard M. Nixon Weepy Boner. Evidently.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Sarah knew that most GOP’ers would disagree with her, which is why she directed her comments toward the American people …

“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.” – Sarah Palin

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Republican bloggers don’t get this. Liberals get it but are pretending not to in order to express dramatic outrage.

That GOPeers around here think she expects actual impeachment to happen or that her asking for it will make it so is laughable. They’re just angry someone has a different strategy besides the usual GOP policy of not rocking the boat.

Dongemaharu on July 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Retweeted by Noah Rothman
Dan Pfeiffer ‏@pfeiffer44 5m

Nothing gets a bigger response from the crowd than mentions of Boehner’s plan to sue POTUS for doing his job, while they do nothing

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

There’s that liberal talking point again – Boehner suing POTUS ‘for doing his job

Rothman never met a stupid liberal talking point that he didn’t love.

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Sadly, this is a turning point for Palin.

She has ‘abdicated’ (heh) her role as king-maker with this move.

No candidate is going to want her endorsement now. They will not publicly say they are for impeachment.

It’s been a nice run Sarah. Good luck.

Obama and the GOPe are jumping with glee today.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Maybe, but it also forces the Republicans to put their money where their mouth is. If they’re really concerned about executive overreach, what are they prepared to do about it? And no, a lawsuit that goes nowhere for the next year is not a sufficient course of action.

Doughboy on July 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

You want to turn the sinking Obama into an empathetic figure? Try to impeach him. Those who have pointed out it’s a losing political strategy are right.

Palin is good at rallying the base, as is always evident here with the TruCon commenters. But no one with any intelligence or political savvy pays attention to Sarah Palin.

Which explains why her go-to guy on Fox is Sean Hannity.

Meredith on July 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Is there any illegal act by the POTUS that would require impeachment?

d1carter on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

No, absolutely not, Impeachment is not the hill to die on, in fact, there are no hills to die on.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Worth repeating:

I have said it before and I will say it again-

If Obama is not impeached, then the articles of impeachment mean nothing. What he has done is the most egregious destruction of the rule of law and The Constitution.

If he is not impeached, then you might as well not have articles of impeachment. What would it take for a President to be impeached, then?

Theophile on July 8, 2014 at 11:21 PM

After a certain point (a point surpassed quite some time ago), the politics have to take a back seat to some simple truth. Obama has committed dozens of impeachable offenses. It just doesn’t matter that Boehner is too cowardly or too far up Barack’s backside to act on it, the need to state as fact that the President ought to be impeached is compelling. It doesn’t matter that there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to convict, regardless what is enacted by the House, the Constitution is screaming for someone to defend it, and it seems that no current federal officeholder is up to complying with their Oath, so somebody must speak out.

And every one of you cowards who has a reason why it shouldn’t be done, you make me sick. Justice demands that this carnival act of a President be held responsible for his crimes against the Constitution. The rule of law, that thing that every conservative knows is more important than politics, demands that the law be enforced. Since this administration will not, somebody must.

As usual, Gov. Palin’s words are correct, ethical, valid, and unashamedly patriotic.

Freelancer on July 9, 2014 at 12:05 AM

theotherone on July 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Like Sarah is ever wrong and he’s ever right.

vityas on July 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

OT: remember the VA scandal? The one where vets are dying on hidden wait lists? The House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing yesterday and the first panel included four whistleblowers. Their opening statements will should astound and sicken you.

I tweeted @EdMorrissy about it. Maybe he will see fit to report on those statements. Nobody else has.

As you were.

jffree1 on July 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

There’s that liberal talking point again – Boehner suing POTUS ‘for doing his job‘

Rothman never met a stupid liberal talking point that he didn’t love.

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Hey, libs, I’m wondering if “doing his job” includes trying mightily to ignore the situation on the border.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

How many extra black votes can the Democrats really get out of the population at this point by impeaching Obama? How many more conservative voters and their get out the vote efforts can the Republican party afford to lose by remaining a center left political party?

astonerii on July 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Actually anytime Palin is mentioned (potentially in a negative light) the Palinistas go crazy. Typically driving the most and most vehement comments (in her defense) on HA.

Tater Salad on July 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Yes.*Looks around.

Maybe if Palin would find herself in an elected position where she can actually affect change, it would be a starting point for impeachment proceedings. Oh wait, she either quits or loses. Nevermind.

BoehnerTears on July 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

There’s that liberal talking point again – Boehner suing POTUS ‘for doing his job‘

Rothman never met a stupid liberal talking point that he didn’t love.

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I see what you mean.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

You want to turn the sinking Obama into an empathetic figure? Try to impeach him. Those who have pointed out it’s a losing political strategy are right.

Palin is good at rallying the base, as is always evident here with the TruCon commenters. But no one with any intelligence or political savvy pays attention to Sarah Palin.

Which explains why her go-to guy on Fox is Sean Hannity.

Meredith on July 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

You forgot the ® symbol.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Impeachment is a losing strategy. Palin, whose visibility has dropped, is just desperate for attention.

sauropod on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Exactly.

Geez. The House is writing up a federal lawsuit right now to challenge Obama. And Trey Gowdy is getting ready for his Benghazi hearings.

Now Palin drops this losing strategy in our lap.

The dems are loving this.

RUexperienced on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Well, Meredith is here….now we just need Bluegill, and
a few others….

Come on PALIN HATERS!!! Is this all you got!!???

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

When does the unthinkable become thinkable?

myiq2xu on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Well, they never DID catch JFK’s killer. Imagine that.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

No need to call it the Palin Party. The breakaway began 2 election cycles ago. Romney lost because 3 million Republicans sat out the last election. You are being left alone. Like it much?

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Where’s Coolrethug to throw in a few Blahs Blahs??

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

That’s what go along to get along means.

You never rock the boat.

Miss Sarah loves to rock the boat.

formwiz on July 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Maybe, but it also forces the Republicans to put their money where their mouth is. If they’re really concerned about executive overreach, what are they prepared to do about it? And no, a lawsuit that goes nowhere for the next year is not a sufficient course of action.

Doughboy on July 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

The GOP has no interest in doing anything to upset the left’s agenda. Everything the GOP does is meant to appease the right enough to allow the left’s agenda to continue apace. So, they’ll start a lawsuit that goes nowhere (or do “investigations” that go nowhere – see IRS and/or Fast and Furious), which will be enough to make most on the right happy.

the GOP is a leftist party, a full-fledged subsidiary of the left. The GOP’s sole purpose is to claim conservatism in speeches and fund-raising appeals in order to divest conservatives of money and appease conservatives into thinking they are represented in the Gov’t.

In practice, the GOP has never pursued any conservative policy and fights conservatives and conservatism on every front, rather than ever fighting the left’s agenda.

But, I’m sure if we just keep the faith this time it will be different. You see, the GOP “can’t” advocate or pursue conservative goals because it doesn’t have the senate. then it will be because it doesn’t have the WH.

then? Well, looking at 2000-2006 they’ll say the majorities they have aren’t big enough, or they’ll say that pursuing conservative policy will jeopardize the house and/or senate majority. And conservatives will play along like the fools they are.

Never asking “what is the point of voting GOP”?

but of course, it is childish and truecon(R) perfectionism to say so. the idea of actually wanting the GOP to try and advance conservative policy and goals is tres gauche for the smart set of GOP apologists who pretend to be conservative.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Yesterday I jokingly wrote ‘well there goes the impeachment momentum’ following Plain endorsing it.
But man…no joke.

verbaluce on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Exactly.

Geez. The House is writing up a federal lawsuit right now to challenge Obama. And Trey Gowdy is getting ready for his Benghazi hearings.

Now Palin drops this losing strategy in our lap.

The dems are loving this.

RUexperienced on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

You do understand that this lawsuit means exactly squat? Even if the courts find in favor of the House, the means of enforcing it belong to…….Obama.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The GOPe is doomed. They are killing themselves, and good riddance.

otlset on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Exit question: If Palin looked like Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) would anybody care what she said?

Tater Salad on July 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Are you saying we shouldn’t listen to her because she’s beautiful? Do you always discriminate against women based on appearances?

Leave now moron… What are you waiting for idiot…

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Hey everyone. It’s the organizer of the last Republican national convention.

What exactly has the GOP leadership done lately to merit your undying support?

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Their hill skipping strategy, apparently.

Dongemaharu on July 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’m wondering if “doing his job” includes trying mightily to ignore the situation on the border.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

When Valerie Jarrett lets him know its time to address the invasion it will be done, and no sooner. First things have to escalate to fever pitch. Not there yet, bug getting closer.

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Eva hit it.

http://youtu.be/lNNW0SPkChI

celtic warrior on July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

But man…no joke.

verbaluce on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Nah. Pretty much everything you write is still a joke.

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

You do understand that this lawsuit means exactly squat? Even if the courts find in favor of the House, the means of enforcing ignoring it belong to…….Obama.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

FIFY

hawkeye54 on July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

If by “his own ship” you mean “the Republic,” okay.

If not, exactly what is this ship of Obama’s and how is it sinking?

S.P. Link on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Both his political ship, and the Republic.

By all means, tell me how attempting an impeachment process NOW, before this massive opportunity known as the elections this November, is an intelligent strategy. I’m all ears.

This party is so screwed. Between the establishment and the blind zealots, we really are utterly incapable of playing the game in a way that is tactically smart, yet ideologically sound.

blatantblue on July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

OK, let’s look at the results of bringing impeachment.

1) Impeachment is successful. Swear in President Biden. D’oh! Biden would be the nominee in 2016 and could possibly be President for the next 8 years.

2) Impeachment is unsuccessful. Republicans look mean and vindictive against The Only Black President (racist!) who impeached knowing they could win.

Seems like it’s a lose/lose. Why pursue a lose/lose?

Nethicus on July 9, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Geez. The House is writing up a federal lawsuit right now to challenge Obama. And Trey Gowdy is getting ready for his Benghazi hearings.

Now Palin drops this losing strategy in our lap.

The dems are loving this.

RUexperienced on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Too funny. A lawsuit?

Hearings? How long have Behghazi hearings been going on now? How about the IRS hearings? Or the Fast and Furious hearings.

that is all nothing more than kabuki theater by the GOP/DNC alliance cooked up to keep conservatives quiet.

But, let’s pretend these things have meaning and are “strategy” by the GOP to accomplish something.

It’s amusing how deluded most alleged conservatives are.

Let’s not forget that as Boehner does this lawsuit over his “outrage” about Obama giving a de facto amnesty, Boehner has been perfectly honest that he wants amnesty. So – knowing that – do you truly believe the lawsuit is anything other than a con job?

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

No impeachment talk, it’s just dumb right now. Do something about things you can actually do. Like arrest Lois Lerner.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Cindy, you are correct. Loathsome and lawless as he is, Obama’s impeachment, without a conviction and removal from office, will be worthless, and will make him into a political martyr. Moreover, simply being impeached will not induce Obama to change his behavior one bit.

Now, with Lois Lerner? The House should immediately arrest and jail her under its inherent contempt power.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on July 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

You forgot the ® symbol.

Bitter Clinger on July 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Nice catch. ; )

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

But no one with any intelligence or political savvy pays attention to Sarah Palin.

Meredith on July 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Such as John McCain?

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 1:24 PM

“Yo, Boehner give the limo another coat of wax and bring Moochelle another taxpayer lobster….”

“That’s a good dog, John, now fetch the paper for Bo…”

viking01 on July 9, 2014 at 1:24 PM

But man…no joke.

verbaluce on July 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Nah. Pretty much everything you write is still a joke.

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I don’t have Palin’s power…of being able to kill an idea simply by supporting it.
Ha.

verbaluce on July 9, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Rule #1 in campaigns: Don’t shove your own foot in your mouth.

Rule #2: Never ever give your opponent a club with which to beat you.

I like Joni Ernst and believe/hope she has a bright future in the Senate. But she definitely should/needs to understand certain bedrock truths a bit better and speak accordingly if she wants to be in The Show.

Sacramento on July 9, 2014 at 1:26 PM

This party is so screwed. Between the establishment and the blind zealots, we really are utterly incapable of playing the game in a way that is tactically smart, yet ideologically sound.

blatantblue on July 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Perhaps if the establishment were not so deceitful and were not creature of big gov’t, the “blind zealots” would trust them to “play the game”?

The assumption you make here – which is completely false – is that the GOP wants the same things as conservatives. The GOP does not. The GOP is a big-gov’t party that hates the idea of reducing the size, scope or cost of gov’t. Therefore, no matter what, the GOP’s “strategy” is never to achieve conservative goals.

So, you are correct about one thing – we are incapable of playing the game in a tactically smart, ideologically sound manner. Because the GOP is not on the same team as conservatives.

that is not to say that all conservative ideas are tactically sound, but it doesn’t matter. As long as the GOP exists in its current form, conservative ideas will never actually be pursued.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

If Boehner is reelected speaker, I am leaving the Republican Party.

joekenha on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Leave now moron… What are you waiting for idiot…

mnjg on July 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I’m hoping against hope that the GOP will elect a leader that isn’t an alcoholic kleptocrat and that the GOP will stand with its base to fight the liberal left instead of embracing it. With people like you ruining the party, it isn’t likely.

joekenha on July 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

No need to call it the Palin Party. The breakaway began 2 election cycles ago. Romney lost because 3 million Republicans sat out the last election. You are being left alone. Like it much?

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

3 million Republicans sat out last election, because Romney is a typical northeastern, establishment, Progressive (R), that couldn’t articulate a Conservative argument to save his life.

Put blame where blame is due, squarely on Romney and his GOPe (D)-Lite, “consultants”.

Meople on July 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

No impeachment talk, it’s just dumb right now. Do something about things you can actually do. Like arrest Lois Lerner.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I think that might be one of the problems though. The house can order her arrest or find her in contempt, but isn’t it the Attorney General who has to carry it out? Considering that Holder is his boss’ stooge and is as corrupt as his boss. I don’t see it happening.

melle1228 on July 9, 2014 at 1:28 PM

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