Derek Hunter

Democrats are getting desperate. November is coming, and they’re seen as the party of a floundering economy, feckless foreign policy and a president more interested in fundraising, golfing and vacations than doing his job. Not an enviable position to be in with an election looming. Enter impeachment.

Democrats are falling over themselves decrying the non-existent threat of impeaching President Obama. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to the House floor for a solid hour this week to slam the idea; Sunday talking head shows and White House staffers called the idea s outrageous.

Lost in all the media/Democratic hype over impeachment is the fact that no one of any seriousness is talking about it. But progressives have never been one to let reality stand in the way of a good fundraising pitch.

This would all be laughable and easy to ignore were it not for one large factor – Sarah Palin.

I know I’m not going to win any friends here by criticizing Sarah Palin, but I’m not paid to win friends. I’m paid to give my honest opinion, and it’s my honest opinion that Sarah Palin is, for whatever reason, harming Republicans’ chances come November.

Aside from a few backbenchers known only to the people in their districts, no Republican has mentioned impeachment. The American people do not approve of the job President Obama is doing, but they are not clamoring for his removal. They still like him personally.

Besides, serious talk of impeachment in Congress would do nothing but rally Democratic base voters to vote in an election they aren’t particularly interested in and raise tens of millions for progressive candidates. In short, even if there were an interest in impeaching Barack Obama, doing so would be political suicide.

Enter Palin.

A few weeks ago, she wrote a column entitled, “It’s Time To Impeach President Obama,” in which she effectively lays out the failures of the Obama administration and how horrible it has been for the country but does not provide any grounds for impeachment.

If this were a parliamentary form of government, her column would be an energizing call for a vote of “no confidence.” But the U.S. is a representative republic, so it’s irrelevant.

Then, Palin went on Hannity to claim “a great awakening is due in this country” and “impeachment is a message that has to be sent to our president that we’re not going to put up with this lawlessness.”


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.