Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

posted at 6:41 pm on July 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Every Republican has three options on impeachment. One: “Let’s do it. He’s got it coming.” As far as I know, no one in Congress has joined Palin in taking that approach since her op-ed at Breitbart went live yesterday, although I’m sure there’s a constituency for it in the House. Someone should ask Tim Huelskamp or Michele Bachmann. Two: “Hell no. It’s political suicide.” Lots of Republicans believe that, McCain and Boehner foremost among them, but they don’t want to say so publicly or else they’ll be attacked from the right for putting expediency above principle. Erick Erickson, who’s no one’s idea of a RINO, is bolder than they are in making the case today at Red State.

Thus, option three: “He’s got it coming, but alas, it won’t work. Democrats are too corrupt to join us in the effort.” That’ll be the default position for Republican pols since it lets them shift blame while achieving suicide-avoidance. The mystery with Cruz was whether he’d choose door number one or number three. He wants to preserve his cred as Mr. Tea Party ahead of 2016 but, after having spearheaded the “defund” effort, he also doesn’t want to get knocked again as a guy who’s willing to bet lots of Republican political capital on lost causes. His interview with Mark Levin on Monday night suggested that he was in the “he’s got it coming but it won’t work” camp.

And, per National Review, he is.

“That is a decision for the House of Representatives,” Cruz told National Review Online when asked if he agrees with Palin. ”I serve as the ranking member of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, in that capacity, I have been working hard to describe in comprehensive detail the lawlessness of President Obama and the Obama administration. We’ve put out a series of reports about the consistent pattern of this administration disregarding the law, refusing to enforce the law, unilaterally changing the law — which is utterly unprecedented and is a profound threat to individual liberty.”…

“It ought to be a bipartisan concern,” he continued. ”Anyone who believes in the constitutional checks and balances should be dismayed about a president who claims the authority to pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore. Sadly, Senate Democrats have not demonstrated the courage of being willing to stand up to their own president. And indeed Harry Reid is President Obama’s chief enabler by preventing the Senate from engaging in any meaningful oversight or holding the president accountable for his lawlessness.”

He’s not saying no, he’s just saying “why bother?” Cruz is doing his Republican colleagues a favor by taking this position, too. Impeachment has the potential to be a new RINO/true conservative litmus test; if he had come down firmly on Palin’s side, it would have set things up nicely for skeptics to be dismissed as sellouts and Obama courtiers. Instead he’s creating political space here for skeptics to say “I agree with Ted Cruz. Unfortunately, Democrats aren’t serious about separation of powers.” Boehner should buy him a beer. Which wouldn’t be awkward at all, right?

Here’s Palin last night on Hannity’s show saying damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.


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You sound like a Republican poster boy. If you think the ‘R’s are going to take the Senate, Thad Cochran just destroyed that notion, I’m afraid.

bimmcorp

Speaking of Thad, he got lost on Capital Hill yesterday, lol.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/08/Cochran-s-Latest-Senior-Moment-Gets-Lost-In-Capitol

xblade on July 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Someday all you so called conservatives(aka enablers)will wake up and moan that we should have done something to save the country.When America dies it will be as much your fault as the socialist progressives.You wonder why Obama won in 2012.Because of people like you and the GOP brand you represent.Well with any kind of luck y’all will be totally irrelevant when a third party knocks your unprincipled butts into the dustbin of political oblivion.Death to the GOP!

redware on July 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/07/09/breaking-u-s-government-bypassing-ice-deputizing-catholic-church-process-illegals/

By J.E. Dyer

Odom has a source in ICE who said on Monday that the agents of the Los Angeles Field Office, which covers Murrieta as well as Los Angeles, have been “furloughed” indefinitely

What this essentially means is that, if the reports are true, Obama has intentionally weakened American security without actually saving any money in the process.

Did you say that it is the Catholic Church that the government called and asked for assistance?

enlisting the Catholic Church would be a major policy decision on a matter with national-security implications.

diocese’s tweet on the 7 July meeting:

Parish, Pastoral Center & @CCSBRIV representatives met today to begin planning for ministry to refugees pic.twitter.com/Nun4MWXZ6D

— SanBernardinoDiocese (@sbdiocese) July 7, 2014

The city of Los Angeles has formally announced that it will no longer honor a whole category of requests from ICE to detain illegals on ICE’s behalf in the LA jails.

If it’s just a coincidence that the Catholic diocese decided to accept and house the illegals on the same day that a reporter (with no evident knowledge of this decision) heard from a credible source that the ICE Los Angeles Field Office had been quietly put on vacation – well, I’ll be very surprised.

The rule of law is rapidly vanishing.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

The rule of law is rapidly vanishing.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Well since CA is lost why not just ship all the illegals there?

Franklin100 on July 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Finally!!! I have been saying this for a couple of years now. We can’t change this at the ballot box. Not fast enough anyway. It would take 50 to 75 years worth of elections to remove enough of the corruption that is in the federal government and that is assuming we (conservatives) won a majority of elections. The downfall is coming, and we can either get it over with now or let it drag out for a few decades.

JAGonzo on July 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Well since CA is lost why not just ship all the illegals there?

Franklin100 on July 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Because they want them everywhere. No one is going to get away from the ‘fundamental transformation of America’.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Cruz blew it on impeachment

*blech*

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Well, its not like you cared for him to begin with.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

It’s a chickens*t answer by another politician governing by Tweet….And Cruz knows full well it is.

I don’t like it when someone splains that they’re all constitutional and hot shot legal experts yada yada yada and then Bail when the kitchen gets hot.

Kinda like Señor Rubio splainin’ one policy to anglos and another policy on telemundo.

Obama should be impeached because that opens up a formal investigation of his actions in office and it is the duty of Congress to hold him accountable to the citizenry…not to calculate political fallout.

Political fallout is Party business.

Impeachment is the business of the people.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Yikes, I might have to take back my defense of Ted Cruz… Just watching Cruz on Megyn Kelly’s show and Cruz did a Rubio-esque flip flop and at least twice referred to illegal aliens as “immigrants”. Seems to be a new talking point. Something to watch out for, see if his policy changes.

Sheesh. Clowns to left and jokers to right.

sauldalinsky on July 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Be patient, the GOP will fight for a hill as soon as all the hills are gone and then BOOM! Like tigers they’ll strike, all fangs and talons!

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

I KNEW IT!!!!!!

Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons!! Every one of them!

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

I’m not upset with Cruz….he’s waffling….oh well,
everyone knows Palin has the Biggest Set.

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 PM

For those who wish for military intervention look back at all the “oath-takers” with the border patrol, ice, fbi, heck all federal employees that stood down when ordered by the potus. I guess you think the military won’t fire on civilians when ordered to. check your history

datrashman on July 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Impeachment is the business of the people.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The People seem very uninterested in part.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

The rule of law is rapidly vanishing.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Ya think?

In Dallas Co. a county judge volunteered Dallas County as a new processing megaplex center and announced it at the local democratic convention.

He’s already drawn up plans, that he won’t divulge publicly without consulting municipal mayors or the lone republican councilmen let alone the citizens.

In one short move this tyrannical buffoon moved the Border 500 miles north and he has no legal authority to do it…

The only recourse for citizens is to wait till November and vote this a-hole out.

Meanwhile thousands will be squatting here.

This is looking more and more like Wendy Davis fail fallout.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Impeachment is the business of the people.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The People seem very uninterested in part.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I’m not buying that.

In Dallas the media spin is Dallas Co. citizens are all for it…cause that’s what the media is spinning.

Judge Clay Jenkins is shoving this down our throats and raising money on it.

Commissioner Mike Cantrell is hearing different…so are the radio stations.

http://www.wbap.com/common/page.php?pt=Chris+Krok&id=521&is_corp=0

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

This is looking more and more like Wendy Davis fail fallout.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Not sure what you mean by this?

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Cruz can talk and talk and talk.The problem is he’s all talk and no action.Coward!Just another gonadless Republican hack! Run Sarah,run!

redware on July 9, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Over react much?

Reactions like this may be the main reason conservatism is not overcoming the progressive ideology. Some of us tend to shoot those who would lead us over a difference of opinion. Then we are left with moderates in the middle.

jazzuscounty on July 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

This is looking more and more like Wendy Davis fail fallout.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Not sure what you mean by this?

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Sounds like we punish our enemies.

Franklin100 on July 9, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Impeachment is only a “litmus test” for the nutbird caucus.

Bill Clinton was unpopular and weakened when the Lewinsky scandal broke. He went down from there. But he and the Democrats decided to fight for every inch, and by the time impeachment failed to convict in the Senate (surprise!!), he was more popular for the rest of his term and Democrats actually gained House seats, unheard of for a 2nd midterm.

The public hates it. And as with Clinton, the majority of the people who “disapprove” in polls today do NOT want impeachment.

It feels good to say it, Obama deserves it, it’s a counterproductive non-starter. Cruz is smart enough to recognize that.

Try not to be stupid. The headaches will go away eventually.

Adjoran on July 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I understand Palin and Cruz’s take on this. Both are correct.

Fallon on July 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Ted Cruz declines to follow Palin’s lead in calling for Obama’s impeachment

I haven’t read a single comment on this thread yet, but let me guess-some think Cruz is a RINO because of this, and others think that whatever Cruz says or does is the smart, rational thing to do-and besides, Palin’s a dingbat who’s had her fifteen minutes and needs to get lost.

Just guessing.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

This is looking more and more like Wendy Davis fail fallout.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Not sure what you mean by this?

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Locally speaking Dem’s can’t win with Wendy…unless they create a lot of chaos during an election year.

The illegals are flooding Texas…we aren’t the only border state…But we are the one dems boasted they would turn blue.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

But we are the one dems boasted they would turn blue.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I see what you mean. They may have been counting on a flood of new voters.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Cruz is right, but I like Palin’s fire.
Maybe Boehner can borrow her balls.

HornetSting on July 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Cruz is right on this issue, Boehner also is not going along with Palin, but it’s only Boehner that needs “balls”…what?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Sarah Palin: “We should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.”

I guess voters should not vehemently oppose Ted Cruz…. and Joni Ernst… and all of the other conservatives who are hesitant to get on board for this fools errand.

Great thinking, Sarah.

RUexperienced on July 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Should be ‘voters should NOW vehemently oppose Ted Cruz’

RUexperienced on July 9, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Cruz is right on this issue, Boehner also is not going along with Palin, but it’s only Boehner that needs “balls”…what?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Boehner has a long history of cowardice and waffling.

Cruz does not.

That rational people look at their past behavior and utilize that to judge the men differently is perfectly rational. To do otherwise would be absurd.

Obama initially told people he was against gay marriage. No one hailed him as a conservative champion, and that wasn’t hypocrisy. Given his history it wasn’t believable.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Sarah Palin for President 2016 . Sarah Palin is the Only one that I trust . Ted Cruz stood on the sidelines in Cochran-McDaniel . Ted Cruz is not the real deal .

Unaffiliated4P on July 9, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Sarah Palin stands tall . Ted Cruz backs down . Simple .

Unaffiliated4P on July 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Tater Salad on July 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM,

Sarah Palin has Conservatives on her side . The cowardly and corrupt GOP is dying . Sarah Palin is a leader .

Unaffiliated4P on July 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Boehner has a long history of cowardice and waffling.

Cruz does not.

That rational people look at their past behavior and utilize that to judge the men differently is perfectly rational. To do otherwise would be absurd.

Obama initially told people he was against gay marriage. No one hailed him as a conservative champion, and that wasn’t hypocrisy. Given his history it wasn’t believable.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

True. But Obama’s not the first politician to tell people what they want to hear, and he won’t be the last. This Cruz story makes me a little uncomfortable with him now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

This Cruz story makes me a little uncomfortable with him now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Little bit.

He is as yet an unknown quantity. Hopefully he won’t turn out to be the next Rubio.

sharrukin on July 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Cruz is correct in leaving the “impeachment” alone..It would not be wise to grasp it at the present time..:)

Dire Straits on July 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Well since CA is lost why not just ship all the illegals there?

Not enough crops left to harvest there, due to EPA water restrictions.

/sarc (I think)

Moron Labe on July 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

There are not enough congressmen and senators willing to have this lawless president impeached yet. It would be a bad political move for the republican party to make now. In a government that is not as corrupt as this one he should and most likely would be impeached.

MCGIRV on July 10, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Dire Straits on July 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Agreed.

John the Libertarian on July 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Sarah who?

wearyexclusive on July 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

Good for Ted.

As much as she showed more balls than McLame in 2008, she will have about as much effect on Obama with this measure as Rand Paul will have at stopping the Middle Eastern permawars.

The time to talk about impeachment was halfway through his FIRST term…not partway through his SECOND when all the Godd@mned damage was already done. And Clowngress is not going to impeach a soon to be lame-duck President and especially not when doing so would reveal half of them to be guilty as sin.

LawfulGood on July 10, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Cruz must be a RINO.

Lamont Cranston on July 10, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Palin has set the stage to walk away with 20% of the Republican Party if she chooses to. And there’s nothing Cruz or anyone else can do to stop it.

huckleberryfriend on July 10, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Mark Levin has him named Barack Milhouse Obama for years now.

Brian1972 on July 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Unfortunately most people have no idea that Milhouse was Nixon’s middle name.

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 10, 2014 at 7:37 AM

My honest belief is that Barack Obama seeks to divide the nation into so many fragments along social, racial, economic, moral, cultural, gender and any other means possible.

bimmcorp on July 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Not sure about all your opinions but I totally agree with this. He has encouraged the mindset of being “different” perhaps because that is how he feels. It is sad that the election of a minority POTUS which could have been a sign of racial equality has instead proven to be a wedge between groups.

katiejane on July 10, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Per Hot Air commenters, Cruz and Levin are now spineless traitors without the will to fight. They are establishment RINOS.

swamp_yankee on July 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM

So I guess this means Ted Cruz will now be tossed in the RINO box here, huh?

ThePrez on July 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Of course not. Although that’s what you’d like, to continue the “heads I win, tails you lose” caricature of those “TruCons”. If we don’t call Cruz a RINO, we’re hypocrites. If we do, we’re insane.

Actually I disagree with Palin on this issue, but as others have pointed out her aim here is to fire up the base.

ddrintn on July 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Wasn’t she the governor of Alaska at one time then quit? I remember her.

Anyway yeah, damn the torpedoes. Sure. Sarah is not helpful at all. She can say whatever she wishes because she has zero responsibility and no accountability. I’m sure this is all just to get her name out there circulating again.

Dash on July 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Sarah is not helpful at all.

Unlike Boehner and McConnell and Graham.

I’m sure this is all just to get her name out there circulating again.

Dash on July 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

You’ve gotta love it. If she says anything it’s just because she wants to hog the spotlight. If she doesn’t, it’s “where’s Irrelevant Quitter Sarah”?

ddrintn on July 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I’m not upset with Cruz….he’s waffling….oh well,
everyone knows Palin has the Biggest Set.

ToddPA on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 PM

You are right…Cruz is more of a titty baby.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Perfect, the excuses create themselves for the GOP. Don’t control the senate, control the senate but not enough votes, election year, optics, some ethnic group will be almighty pissed, the weather, Boehner had a dream it wouldn’t work, McCain saw an image on his toast that warned of failure…whatever. They will never do it. Ever. Because of politics. And everyone knows it.

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Dude. I feel ya. You have no idea. I feel like a lost soul in a foreign land.

You GOP diehards hear this: When I don’t vote next election, just remember that I didn’t leave the GOP; the GOP left me. They have become the Neville Chamberlain Party. And yes, I just coined that and you may use it.

fossten on July 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM

With Clinton we have that messy, yes, he was impeached in the House, but not Convicted in the Senate. And he was convicted of perjury by a court, and lost the right to practice at the bar?

That was nothing, the media says.

The impeachment effort could at least wait until there are enough Senators to pull it off…but then you are going to have to vote in all breathing republican candidates in November, and get your friends to come out too for the power to impeach. Will there be enough GOP Senators?

I don’t know if they would have been able to wait until the perjury conviction on Clinton? Didn’t that come after the failure of the impeachment conviction in the Senate? or did they have that info and avert their eyes?

Fleuries on July 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Sarah Palin.

Why isn’t Sarah Palin running for Senate so she could do this?

She is wasted as a media star.

Fleuries on July 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Why isn’t Sarah Palin running for Senate

Fleuries on July 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Senate salary is only $174,000.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Purge the RINO Cruz! Eleventy-you betcha!

antisense on July 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Why isn’t Sarah Palin running for Senate

Fleuries on July 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Senate salary is only $174,000.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM

That fact didn’t seem to hurt Hillary’s income.

ddrintn on July 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Palin has set the stage to walk away with 20% of the Republican Party if she chooses to. And there’s nothing Cruz or anyone else can do to stop it.

huckleberryfriend on July 10, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Don’t count on it.

We all remember the stadiums full of people who went to hear Sarah Palin speak in 2008. But she no longer has that kind of draw.

Last month the Tea Party booked a 15,000 seat stadium for a rally with Sarah Palin as the headliner. Two weeks before the event, they moved it to a smaller 7500 seat auditorium. In the end, only 390 tickets were sold.

That is not even a big crowd for a high school football team. Not even a decent audience for a school play.

She’s not taking 20 percent of the Republicans with her.

RUexperienced on July 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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